At Animal 911 we provide a full range of surgery services, from spays and neuters to complex soft tissue and orthopedic surgeries. All of our surgeries are performed using our 10-Point Patient Safety and Comfort Plan which includes:
- A thorough exam
- Pre-anesthetic blood tests when deemed appropriate
- Multi-modal pain control (using a variety of 5-6 drugs delivered before the surgery starts to days after it has ended to make sure patient is not in pain)
- Intravenous administration of fluids during and after surgery until complete recovery
- A dedicated trained nurse to monitor every patient during surgery and until the patient has fully recovered
- Isoflurane gas anesthesia the safest on the market and complete line of monitoring equipment during surgery to help monitor patient parameters like heart rate, oxygen saturation, body temperature and blood pressure.
- Most pets are kept overnight to help them rest and are examined the next day to make sure they are healing properly
- Thorough written discharge instructions when pet goes home
- Follow-up phone call at home to make sure pet is alright
- No charge rechecks, if owner decides that he would like us to make sure about how the healing process is going and a free suture removal.
Laser Surgery and Radiofrequency Surgery
Animal 911 was the first hospital in Quebec to have a CO2 laser for use in animal patients. It benefits our patients by reducing the pain, inflammation and bleeding during surgery and in the recovery period.
Laser uses an invisible light to vaporize tissue, so it cuts through cells not by using a knife but by vaporizing a narrow path to open tissues. The advantage is that as it passes through tissues it seals small nerve endings and blood vessels, thus causing less bleeding, swelling and pain for the patient later.
Radiofrequency surgery unlike an old electro-cautery unit does not fry tissues causing a lot of burning, but uses a different radiofrequency wavelength of current to cut through tissues. It thus produces less char and burning. It has similar advantages to the laser.
Endoscopy is used to visualize tissues in the gastrointestinal or the respiratory tract. Not only can one evaluate the tissue and determine what the problem is, but one can also take biopsies for pathological analysis and even retrieve small objects. The advantage is that although it is done under general anesthesia there is no actual surgery, no cutting of tissues, thus no pain for the patient.
Similar to endoscopy laparoscopy is the use a small rigid visualizing camera that can be inserted into the abdominal or thoracic cavity to investigate, take tissue samples or even perform surgeries.
A full range of orthopedic surgeries is provided to our clients at Animal 911. Some examples are:
Fracture Repair – from light fiberglass casts to using pins and wires, plates and screws as well as external fixation.
Knee Surgery – Cranial Cruciate stabilization surgery (also known as ACL surgery) using only the toughest and most durable ligaments made from a human orthopedic material called Fiberwire. Unlike the classical nylon leader line implants used by most veterinary surgeons Fiberwire provides better stability over the long term.
The newest technique for CCL or ACL repair is called a Tightrope Technique for dogs above 30 pounds it is a novel less traumatic approach that stabilizes the knee using a Fibertape implant.
Medial or lateral patellar repair surgery is a frequent problem especially in small dogs. If physiotherapy does not help stabilization of the knee cap, surgery is necessary to avoid pain and severe arthritis.
Hip Surgery – Coxo-femoral excision arthroplasty is sometimes necessary to relieve severe arthritis and return the use of function of the leg. Hip luxation can be stabilized surgically to avoid an arthroplasty and return to complete function. See Romeo’s story in our blog section .
Surgery of the shoulder to repair cartilage defects in growing large breed dogs (OCD) can occur on most long bones. OCD of the shoulder is the most common.
Soft Tissue Surgeries
Foreign Bodies – Removal of foreign bodies swallowed by cats and dogs is very common -anything from toys to bones…
Tumors and Masses – whether on the surface or inside the pet, most masses can be removed and then sent to the lab for analysis and determination of the need for other treatment like chemotherapy.
Cystotomy – removal of stones in the bladder can either be done surgically or sometimes using laparoscopy.
Gastropexy – the attachment of the stomach wall to the rib cage to prevent gastric torsion later on in life is a life threatening problem in deep chested dogs.
Soft Palate and Nasal Surgery – in all short nose breeds like Pugs, Lhasa Apsos, Boston Terriers and similar the small nostril openings and the excessively long soft palate interfere with proper breathing. Besides snoring this predisposes them to overheating. Laser surgery on the nose and palate is simple and extremely effective.
Cryosurgery – the use of cold liquid nitrogen applied to small masses on the skin surface or along the eyelid margin for 5-7 seconds weekly a few times destroys the masses, avoids a bloody surgery requiring anesthesia and is very well tolerated by pets.
Feline Bite Wound Abscesses– often require drainage, debridement and antibiotics.
Ear Hematoma Surgery – is quite a painful and bloody surgery. It occurs when the two skin flaps of the ear fill with blood and produce a thick cushion. It requires surgical drainage. The Laser technology, which we use at Animal 911, has greatly facilitated the speed of the surgery. The Laser also enables a cosmetically pleasing effect compared to suturing the ear flaps together and placing bandages of all sorts trying to prevent disfiguration scaring to occur.