From routine to advanced surgical procedures, our practice offers safe and effective options using state-of-the-art equipment and best practices.
At Powhatan Animal Hospital, we understand that you are probably nervous about submitting your pet to any type of surgical procedure.
Our compassionate and caring professionals monitor your pet before, during, and after surgery and take exceptional care to ensure your pet's safety and complete recovery.
State-of-the-art surgical procedures that are safe and effective.
Spay & Neuter
Spaying or neutering your pet is an important decision for pet owners. Removal of the male or female reproductive organs prevents unwanted pregnancies and reproductive cancers from threatening your pet's life. We offer spay and neuter surgery as part of your pet's preventative wellness care.
Known as the ACL in humans, CCL (cranial cruciate ligament) repair is one of the most common orthopedic surgeries performed. Cruciate ligament tears in a dog’s knee are quite common. Tearing this ligament causes instability in the knee joint, leading to abnormal movement and debilitating arthritis if left untreated.
We take anesthesia cases very seriously and utilize a safe, multi-modal approach for each animal we treat. We use a combination of pre-op assessments, modern anesthetic agents, and the latest anesthetic monitoring equipment to keep your pet safe and the risks of surgery low. Our recovering pet patients have fewer side effects, complete pain relief, and faster postoperative recovery.
Family pets need regular dental checkups to ensure good oral health. But even with good oral hygiene and regular cleanings, your pet may require a dental extraction as they age. If your pet needs dental surgery or dental cleaning, we administer anesthesia to allow for comprehensive access to the teeth, gums, and oral tissues. Anesthesia makes it possible to perform dental procedures with less stress and pain for your pet.
Although masses are most common in older pets, all tumorous growths should be evaluated by one of our skilled professionals. Your pet’s doctor will utilize key diagnostic processes to identify the cause of the mass and explain the possible treatment options with you. Pet mass removals are usually performed under general anesthesia, allowing us to remove the entire area in question effectively and painlessly.
Soft Tissue Surgery
Our veterinarians are experienced in various soft tissue pet surgeries, the most routinely performed procedures being spay/neuters and mass/tumor removals. Other examples of veterinary soft tissue surgeries include intestinal foreign body removal, laceration and wound repair, eye surgery, perineal urethrostomy, mastectomy, splenectomy, and other specialized surgeries.
We routinely perform orthopedic surgeries, which are procedures related to bones and joints. Common orthopedic pet surgeries include bone fracture repair, cruciate ligament repair, extracapsular and TPLO techniques, leg or toe amputation, patellar luxation repair, and surgeries to treat hip dysplasia, including femoral head ostectomy (FHO).
Most animals give birth without any complications. However, mothers occasionally need help with delivery. We usually attempt to resolve the problem using medical therapy first, but when that doesn’t solve the issue, we will perform a caesarian section. During a c-section, the mother is given an anesthetic. An incision is then made along her abdomen and through the uterus to retrieve unborn puppies or kittens. In some situations, we may recommend that the mother be spayed during this procedure, usually to prevent future problems of this nature.