Veterinary Surgery

We are pleased to offer a wide variety of specialized in-house surgical procedures for your pet.

Brachycephalic Surgeries

Stenotic Nares

A drawing of a sad pug with tightly closed nares vs a happy pug with post operative opened nares.

Stenotic nares is an extremely common congenital narrowing of the nostrils. Imagine trying to breathe through a pinched nose and you'll get an idea of how a dog with stenotic nares feels with every breath! The good news is the correction of stenotic nares is simple and minimally invasive. It can be done at the same time as another surgery such as spay and neuter or it may be recommended on it's own. The wings on either side of the nostril are snipped to widen the opening and ease breathing. Most brachycephalic breeds have some degree of stenosis and could benefit from evaluation for this procedure.

Corkscrew Tail

An example of an irritated, tightly-wound corkscrew tail on a bulldog.The same bulldog with his tail removed looking much healthier and happier.

Corkscrew tail is a genetic condition most common in bulldogs. Due to a malformation of vertebrae in the tail, it can cause chronic discomfort and infection of the area around the anus, as well as partially blocking bowel movements and anal gland expression. Surgically removing the problematic part of the tail is curative.

Read more about the special needs of brachycephalic pets here: Brachycephalic Buddies



Hemangiopericytoma is a cancerous tumor of the cells surrounding blood vessels in the skin. While this type of tumor does not often spread to other sites of the body, it can be quite aggressive locally. This deeply-rooted tumor can grow to large proportions and affect the function of organs nearby. Hemangiopericytoma has a high-rate of successful treatment if caught early.

Mammary Gland Tumors

Mammary glad tumors are common in older, unspayed dogs and may appear as a slow growing mass or mutiple masses in the mammary gland. About half of dogs diagnosed with mammary tumors will turn out to have benign growths, however cancerous mammary tumors can metastisize and invade the nearby thoracic and abdominal organs so every growth should be taken seriously. Many mammary tumors can be treated successfully with just surgery. Chemotherapy may also be recommended to prevent or delay regrowth or metastasis.

Testicular Tumors

Testicular tumors are one of the most common tumors found in older, unneutered dogs. Swelling in the area may be observed, as well as irritation and possibly hair loss. Surgical castration is curative in most cases. Occasionally a dog may be cryptorchid, or may have one or both testicals retained in his abdomen. Cryptorchid testicular tumors have a higher incidence of matastisis and thus can be much more complicated. Chemotherapy may be indicated.

Mast Cell Tumors

Mast cell tumors are a tumor of the connective tissues, often in the skin. Mast cell tumors have the potential to metastisize aggressively so removal of the tumor and surrounding tissues should be performed immediately upon diagnosis. The tumor will be sent to the lab for biopsy and will be graded, which will give an idea of the patient's prognosis. Additional surgery or chemotherapy may be indicated.



A histiocytoma is a benign button-like skin growth often occurring in younger dogs, especially Golden Retrievers, Boxers, and Dachshunds. This itchy, moist, sometimes bloody growth can be difficult to distinguish from some cancerous tumors so lab testing will be recommended. Though benign histocytomas are often irritating to the pet and thus it's recommended to remove it surgically.

Elbow Hygroma

Elbow hygromas are fluid-filled swellings that occur on the point of the elbow, often in short-haired, large breed dogs. Caused by the chronic trauma of lying on the elbows on a hard surface, they can be irritating and unpleasant. A change the patient's bedding is recommended, and depending on the case surgical drainage may be needed.

Sebacious Gland Tumor

Sebaceous gland tumors present as small, round, cauliflower-shaped masses that may crust or bleed. Often confused for warts which tend to resolve themselves, sebaceous gland tumors will not go away on their own. While most of these tumors are benign, removal and lab testing may be indicated.


Lipomas, cysts, and warts, are all common benign skin growths. Lipomas are fatty tumors that can get quite large and irritating for pets. Cysts are fluid-filled sac of cells, often the result of blocked ducts or glands. Warts are benign growths caused by canine papilloma virus. Any or all of these growths may be removed if large, ulcerated, or irritating to the patient, or if the owner wants them removed for cosmetic reasons.



A diagram of a black Great Dane with a bloated stomach.

Gastropexy is a surgery performed on large, deep chested dogs to prevent gastic torsion or bloat. Bloat is a painful and potentially deadly condition in which the patient's stomach has twisted, causing a build up of fluid and gas, and often requiring emergency surgery. Gastropexy is a procedure that secures a portion of the patient's stomach to their chest wall, preventing torsion from occuring later in life. Read more about bloat here: GDV

Exploratory/Intestinal Obstruction

Intestinal obstructions are common in both cats and dogs. Often, the patient will have ingested a toy, string, bone, or other non-food object and in the hours and days following loses their appetite, begins vomiting, and may or may not be passing diarrhea. X-rays will be recommended and foreign objects in the stomach or intestines can usually be determined to be present from the radiographic images. Surgery to remove the foreign object and repair any damage in the gastointestinal tract is then performed.


Aural Hematoma

An aural, or ear, hematoma is an accumulation of blood in the ear flap (pinna) often caused by frequent headshaking secondary to ear infections. This swollen, fluid filled pocket on your pet's ear is likely to return if not treated surgically.

Lateral Ear Resection

For dogs with chonic ear infections, a lateral ear resection may be indicated. This procedure lowers and widens the opening of the patient's ear canal, allowing better ventilation and drainage and making ear infections less frequent and easier to treat.

Total Ear Canal Ablation

When all other treatments for your pet's chronic ear infections have failed, total ear canal ablation may be recommended. This is surgery involves complete removal of the ear canal and suturing of the ear opening, which ends the chronic ear infections and associated pain. Although diminished hearing is associated with this surgery, it's not as dramatic as many owners fear as pets with chronic ear infections usually already have some degree of hearing loss.

Other Surgeries

Ruptured Cruciate Repair

A diagram of a healthy knee.A diagram of a knee with a ruptured ligament.

A ruptured cruciate ligament, similar to a torn ACL in humans, is one of the most common orthopaedic injuries we see in dogs. Trauma or deterioration of the ligament in the knee can cause it to tear or rupture completely. This is extremely painful and causes the knee joint to become unstable, resulting in lameness. The joint can be restabilized through surgery, preventing lifelong pain and further injury.


Splenectomy, or surgical removal of the spleen, may be performed to remove splenic tumors or to treat rupture or torsion of the spleen. To deterimine the nature of the problem with your pet's spleen a number of tests may be performed including blood and urine tests, ultrasound, abdominocentesis, and x-rays. If treating a splenic tumor, chemothreapy may also be recommended.

Bite-Wound Abscess

Bite-wound abscesses occur when damaged tissue from a bite becomes infected, often seen in outdoor cats that roam. Pus builds in a pocket below the skin and can ooze and be quite painful. Surgical drainage and antibiotics should be employed as soon as possible to prevent widerspread infection and damage.