Surgical Services

Ferrets

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19 Your ferret should be examined at minimum yearly by a veterinarian. Vaccines are available for ferrets and can be discussed with you during your visit.

Common problems associated with ferrets include gastrointestinal disease (diarrhea), parasites and many different cancers. Ferrets are inquisitive creatures by nature and frequently ingest objects they shouldn’t. Any loss of appetite or abnormal behavior should alert you to a potential problem and the need for veterinary consultation.

20Dr. Edwin Mulder ten Kate has taken a special interest in caring for ferrets for many years now. Of special interest to our Doctor is the Adrenal disease so common in middle aged and older ferrets (the balding ferret). The most common therapy employed at the Gladwin Veterinary Clinic is the use of Surgery (Adrenalectomy -where the ‘diseased’ adrenal gland(s) is removed, or treated with Cryosurgery – where the ‘diseased’ gland is “eliminated” by extreme freezing) OR if the ferret is not a good surgical candidate a common treatment for adrenal tumors is a medication called Lupron (TM). Dr Mulder ten Kate will discuss with you which treatment options may be best suited for your little one.

 

Orthopedic Surgery

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14Orthopedic surgery refers to bone surgery. There are many different situations where bone surgery may be necessary including leg fractures, hip dysplasia, disc disease, etc. Most orthopedic surgeries can be performed at our clinic. Occasionally we refer our patients to a Board Certified surgeon to perform back surgery and other very complex surgeries.
Leg fractures are the most common orthopedic problem presented at our clinic and usually result from a mishap with an automobile. They can be treated in a variety of ways depending on the location and type of fracture.

A cast can be applied to the leg to treat certain fractures; however, many fractures will require surgical intervention.

“Pinning” is a surgical technique whereby a long stainless steal rod is inserted into the middle of the bone. The rod traverses the fractured area.

“Plating” is a surgical technique whereby a flat stainless steal ‘plate’ is attached to the bone using screws on either side of the fracture.

“External fixation” is a technique used to stabilize fractures with a series of pins on the outside of the leg that pass through the skin and into the bone on either side of the fracture.

The method of repair will depend on the location and type of fracture present. We hope you do not have to use our orthopedic services for this purpose. In the unfortunate event that you do, you can be assured that we are able to proceed with a treatment that will enhance your pet’s healing time and reduce the long term potential problems associated with a fracture or other orthopedic surgery.

Soft Tissue Surgery

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Soft tissue surgery includes surgeries not associated with bone. Examples of soft tissue surgeries and their benefits are listed below.

Probably the most common soft tissue surgery performed at our clinic is the removal of masses or ‘lumps’ on animals. Most of these masses or ‘lumps’, once removed and tested, are benign (non-harmful); however, occasionally they are more serious. Early removal and accurate diagnosis of a ‘lump’ is necessary to improve the outcome in your pet if the mass is cancerous. Lacerations are also common in pets and suturing will reduce the chance of infection, improve healing time and reduce scarring.

The following pictures shows Dr. Edwin doing surgery to remove a foreign body (large piece of bone) from a dog’s intestine (bowel). This was obstructing the bowel and the dog was presented with vomiting and not wanting to eat. He was unable to pass any bowel movements and without surgery this dog would not be able to survive.

Tearing in your pet’s eyes can mean an infection is present or it may be a sign the cornea (outer layer of the eye itself) has been damaged. A damaged cornea may require soft tissue surgery to allow the cornea to heal faster with less scarring. Less scarring will improve the ability of your pet to see. In some animals, the cornea (outer layer of the eye) may be damaged by the eyelid hairs surrounding the eye. Surgical intervention involving the eyelid improves the comfort in these animals. It also reduces the chances of corneal scarring and enhances the animal’s vision in the long term.

Neutering

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NeuteringNeutering refers to the surgical procedure performed on male dogs and cats to render them infertile. There are many benefits to neutering your male companion. First, you will contribute to the prevention of the dog and cat overpopulation. Second, neutering will eliminate undesirable and at times, embarrassing behavior in your male companion. Third, you will help prevent diseases in your pet such as prostate disease and testicular cancer.

Neutering involves surgical removal of both testicles. It can be performed under a number of anesthetics and monitoring devices. If you are shopping around for a competitive price on this procedure, be sure to question the type of anesthetic used and the monitoring equipment and procedures followed. We use several monitoring devices during your pet’s anesthetic. A registered veterinary technician continually assesses your pet’s vital signs during the procedure. Although the risk of an anesthetic death in a normal healthy pet is very rare, our monitoring devices and procedures allow us to respond to an anesthetic emergency faster. Faster responses can save lives. Please call or visit our facility to learn more about our neutering procedures.

The neutering procedure also INCLUDES: 

      1) An ear tattoo for identification for your pet (in case your pet ever runs away)

      2) Post operative and take home analgesia (painkillers) for your pet

      3) A complimentary nail trim

Spaying

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SpaySpaying refers to the surgical procedure performed on female dogs and cats to render them infertile. There are many benefits to spaying your female companion. First, you will contribute to the prevention of the dog and cat overpopulation. Second, spaying will eliminate the sometimes ‘messy’ heat cycles that attract male dogs to your house from miles away. Third, you will help prevent diseases in your pet such as pyometra (infection in the uterus) and mammary cancer. Spaying involves surgical removal of both ovaries and the uterus. It can be performed under a number of anesthetics and monitoring devices.

If you are shopping around for a competitive price on this procedure, be sure to question the type of anesthetic used and the monitoring equipment and procedures followed. We use several monitoring devices during your pet’s anesthetic. A registered veterinary technician continually assesses your pet’s vital signs during the procedure. Although the risk of an anesthetic death in a normal healthy pet is very rare, our monitoring devices and procedures allow us to respond to an anesthetic emergency faster. Faster responses can save lives. Please call or visit our facility to learn more about our spaying procedures.

The Spay procedure also INCLUDES: 

      1) An ear tattoo for identification for your pet (in case your pet ever runs away)

      2) Post operative and take home analgesia (painkillers) for your pet

      3) A complimentary nail trim

Cryosurgery

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Cryosurgery is a surgical process used to destroy tissue using extremely cold temperatures. It is most frequently used to remove or destroy small growths on the skin of animals.

Dr. Edwin Mulder ten Kate also uses cryosurgery to perform surgery on ferrets with Adrenal Tumors (see more details on the ferret pet section).

Click on this link to read more about Cryosurgery