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Pet Surgeries

Veterinary Surgeon Wolverhampton

Pet Surgery Wolverhampton, here at Trusted Vets formerly Tudor House we offer a number of different surgical procedures including lump removal, foreign body removal, bladder stone removal, anal gland resection, and mammary gland resection. Find out more about what we offer below.

Neutering

Spay/Castration for Cats, Dogs and Rabbits

Neutering is a surgical procedure which removes the reproductive organs from an animal making it impossible for them to bear offspring. In male animals, this involves castration (complete removal of the testicles) and in females, this usually involves removing the ovaries and womb (more commonly known as spaying).

WHY SHOULD I NEUTER MY PET?

Whether you own a dog, cat or rabbit, neutering has many benefits that can improve your pet’s quality of life. These benefits should be discussed with your vet to make sure neutering is a suitable option for your pet.

FEMALES

  • Bitches left unneutered can develop reproductive problems (eg breast cancer or pyometra – infection of the womb) Which can be prevented with early neutering.
  • Reduces the chances of her developing breast (Mammary) cancer.
  • Removes the risk of unplanned pregnancy

MALES

  • For males, castration significantly reduces the risk of developing a prostate disease, along with many other health benefits that can be discussed with your vet.
  • Decreases the possibility of tumours and hernias around the bottom, which are common in older, unneutered pets.
  • Both castrated and entire males can make excellent pets, however, dogs that show signs of aggression should be considered for castration although this will not guarantee the correction of the behavioural problem.

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WHEN SHOULD I GET MY PET NEUTERED?

We recommend that all dogs and cats not intended to be bred from are neutered (spayed) at around 6 months for bitches (after their first season) and 9 months for males. However, the exact age may vary depending on your vet’s recommendation. Rabbits are generally spayed or castrated when they are 4-6 months of age. For rabbits, neutering should be performed before the rabbit is 2 years old to get the benefit of prevention of disease.

WHAT IF MY PET HAS AN UNDESCENDED TESTICLE?

Undescended testicles (cryptorchidism) have an increased tendency to grow tumours. They may also twist on their stalks and cause life-threatening inflammation. One of the most common risks of undescended testicles in dogs is the increased risk of testicular cancer if the undescended testicle is not removed. The surgery to remove an undescended testicle is far more delicate and invasive than the castration surgery used to remove normally descended testicles. Removal and neutering of the retained testicle (s) are recommended as soon as possible.

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C Sections

Trusted Vets formerly Tudor House offers affordable C sections, either planned or emergency.

Pre-planned and Pre-booked c sections will also be available at a reduced cost when pre-booked in advance.

A caesarean section or c-section is a major surgery performed to remove puppies/kittens from the uterus. Elective or emergency caesarean section is used for preventing or treating Dystocia (Dystocia is the medical term used to diagnose a difficult birthing experience).

WHEN CAN C SECTIONS BE SCHEDULED?

At our practice, we typically schedule C-sections between 58 and 62 days after the first mating to prevent the need for emergency admittance. In most cases, 63 days from ovulation are within 24 hours of the ideal due date. However, without precise progesterone monitoring at the time of breeding, this timing may be off. Early Delivery may also be the case for bitches carrying large litters because of this, we recommend you monitor her the last 48 hours before her surgery to be sure she does not go into labour unattended.

WHAT HAPPENS ON THE DAY OF THE C SECTION?

Please be advised that NO food or drink is to be consumed on the day of the C-Section. Before starting the C-section, one of our vets will first perform a reverse progesterone test to ensure mom is close to natural labour. When you come in for your Caesarean, we recommend bringing the following items:

  • Blankets
  • Towels
  • Basket or box for the puppies
  • Hot water bottle or heat pad

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WHAT HAPPENS POST SURGERY?

What to expect after your pet’s Caesarean section and how to keep her safe and comfortable when she comes home. Remember: If you have any concerns or questions, contact our emergency clinic or your daytime vet directly. As your pet has had a general anaesthetic and major abdominal surgery, you’ll likely notice that:

  • She’s drowsy but can still walk
  • Has a wound which may be covered by a light dressing
  • Will be bandaged on one or more legs, meaning she’s received medications through an intravenous drip (These are normally removed shortly after returning home unless instructed otherwise)
  • A small amount of bloody fluid comes from her vagina (which is normal for a pet who’s just given birth)

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WHAT SHOULD I DO/NOT DO AFTER MY PETS C-SECTION?

WHAT TO DO

  • Let her go to the toilet
  • Settle her down in a quiet, calm area to help reduce anxiety and stress
  • Offer a small meal and ensure access to fresh water
  • Check the wound regularly and make sure your pet doesn’t interfere with the area (we’d usually apply protective collars or shirts after surgery, but we don’t always do this because collars/shirts sometimes prevent newborns from feeding properly)
  • Give her any medications that the vet has prescribed
  • Contact your daytime vet to organise a post-operative check — ideally to take place within 3 days of surgery. External stitches may need to be removed after 10-14 days — the vet will let you know if this is the case
  • Make sure your pet gets their rest — this means no running, jumping or playing until an assessment with the vet/vet nurse at her final post-op check

WHAT NOT TO DO

  • Don’t leave the mother alone with her newborns until she’s fully awake, can stand on her own and has shown interest in caring for them
  • Please contact your emergency clinic or your daytime vets if you see any of the following signs;
    • Lethargy
    • Vomiting or diarrhoea
    • Reduced appetite
    • Heavy vaginal bleeding, or smelly/discoloured vaginal discharge
    • Pale gums
    • Discharge from the wound
    • Swelling, redness or pain in the wound

Get in touch for a C-Section consultation at Trusted Vets Veterinary Clinic in Wolverhampton here

DOES DOG INSURANCE COVER CAESAREAN?

Many pet owners wonder, “Does dog insurance cover caesarean procedures?” The answer depends on the specific policy you have for your canine companion.

Comprehensive dog insurance plans often cover a range of medical procedures, including caesarean sections, which may become necessary in certain birthing situations and complications. However, it’s crucial to carefully review your policy to understand the extent of coverage. Some insurance providers offer maternity or reproductive coverage as part of their standard plans, while others may require you to add it as an optional rider.

WHAT TO DO IF MY DOG IS 65 DAYS PREGNANT AND SHOWING NO SIGNS OF LABOUR?

It’s natural to feel a mix of excitement and concern as your canine companion approaches the 65th day of pregnancy with no visible signs of labour. While the average canine gestation period is around 63 days, individual factors can influence the timing of labour onset. If your dog is displaying no signs of impending labour, it’s important to approach the situation with a calm perspective.

First and foremost, consult with your veterinarian. Professional guidance is invaluable during this critical period. A veterinarian can conduct a thorough examination to assess the well-being of both the mother and the developing puppies. They may utilise diagnostic tools such as ultrasounds to monitor fetal health and provide insights into the potential reasons for the delay.
Maintain a vigilant watch over your pregnant dog’s behaviour and physical condition. Note any changes, no matter how subtle, and communicate these observations with your veterinarian. While some dogs may not exhibit classic signs of labour, such as nesting behaviours or restlessness, any unusual behaviour or physical distress should be promptly reported.

Remember, each pregnancy is unique, and variations in gestation length can occur. However, professional guidance and open communication with your veterinarian will help ensure the health and well-being of your expecting dog and her soon-to-arrive litter. Approach this period with patience, care, and a commitment to the best interests of both your pet and her future offspring.

Pyometra

A pyometra is an infection inside the womb. Any unneutered dog is at risk of developing a pyometra, especially if they are over six years old. Hormonal changes during a season/heat put your dog at risk of a womb infection. Once the heat is over, the majority return to normal. Unfortunately, some dogs develop complications, which lead to an infection (pyometra). As a pyometra develops, the womb fills with pus. A pyometra can lead to blood poisoning, kidney failure, peritonitis and even death.

BOAS Surgery Wolverhampton

We offer nose and pallet, pallet only, and nose only BOAS surgery. BOAS means ‘problems breathing due to having a short head’ BOAS is a result of selective breeding. BOAS commonly affects flat-faced breeds such as Pugs, Pekingese, French Bulldogs, British Bulldogs, and Shih Tzu. Flat-faced breeds have become popular pets because of their ‘cute’ appearance and good nature, their snuffly breathing is often considered loveable. Sadly these ‘loveable snuffles’ are a sign that they are struggling to breathe due to BOAS.

Trusted Vets formerly Tudor House is rapidly becoming the people’s choice for BOAS Surgery

We aim to offer our BOAS surgery at realistic prices while still offering only the best in treatments and aftercare.

What our BOAS surgery involves:

  • We offer an X-ray to every patient, this is essential to investigate the presence of concurrent and secondary diseases such as aspiration pneumonia or hiatal hernia.
  • Your surgery will only be carried out by a veterinary surgeon who is skilled and has a wealth of experience in this field.
  • Our BOAS patients will then have our head nurse as their dedicated nurse with them at all times during the recovery process.
  • All of our BOAS patients will be offered an overnight stay for close monitoring.

Trusted Vet’s popularity is forever growing around the UK. We are becoming increasingly famous for our love and understanding of bulldog breeds and BOAS surgery.

We take pride in our ability to take care of these issues and surgery on a daily basis. It’s important to know that having a vet who has a lot of experience with brachycephalic breeds is extremely important when choosing to own this type of breed.

What is BOAS?

Brachycephalic Obstructive Airway Syndrome (BOAS) is a recognised condition. Predominantly affecting certain dog breeds with shorter muzzles, flatter noses and wide-shaped heads. These are known as brachycephalic breeds (‘brachy’ meaning short, and ‘cephalic’, meaning head).

The soft tissues of the nose and throat in some brachycephalic dogs may be excessive and can lead to partial obstruction of their airways. This makes it difficult for these dogs to breathe normally, causing noisy breathing and often heavy panting. This condition is a progressive disorder that can impair a dog’s ability to;

  • Exercise and play – reduced ability, slow, may appear lazy or less inclined to go for a walk.
  • Eat – frequently regurgitates.
  • Sleep – excessive snoring and may wake themselves up when they can’t catch a breath properly.

The condition may deteriorate with time, so the sooner something can be done to help, the better the expected outcome. Also, general anaesthesia and surgery are far less risky in terms of maintaining an open airway if the symptoms are only mild or caught early.

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF BOAS?

NARROW NOSTRILS?
Having narrow nostrils makes breathing difficult; some severely affected dogs have to pant to get enough air.

CROWDED NOSE AND THROAT?
Flat-faced dogs have a lot of nose tissue packed into a small space, which means they have to breathe through very narrow, crowded nasal passages.

OVERLONG SOFT PALATE?
Flat-faced dogs often have a large soft palate that sits further back than normal. It often covers the windpipe, which makes breathing difficult.

The soft palate can also cause problems during sleep – if it’s covering the windpipe you may notice your dog snoring or waking up suddenly gasping for breath.

NARROW WINDPIPE?
A narrow windpipe makes breathing difficult, especially when exercising. Breathing through a narrow windpipe is a bit like trying to breathe through a drinking straw. Two sacs inside the windpipe often become enlarged and cause further problems.

Contact us for BOAS Surgery at our Clinic in Wolverhampton

CAN BOAS (BRACHYCEPHALIC OBSTRUCTIVE AIRWAY SYNDROME) WORSEN WITH AGE?

Dogs who suffer from BOAS, have more difficulty breathing, which then can cause secondary difficulties to develop over time. Added weight gain from restricted exercise and ageing over time may develop into life-threatening breathing difficulties in dogs.

WILL BOAS STOP MY DOG FROM SNORING?

The main objective of treatment is to clear and unblock the airways. Our veterinary surgeon will do a soft palate resection (removal of extra soft palate skin that promotes snoring). And a Stenotic nare resection (widening of the nostrils to improve airflow). The reduced effort required to breathe following surgery will greatly improve your dog’s quality of life. Most dogs will benefit from increased exercise, better feeding and digestion, heat tolerance, better sleep, and reduced snoring.

Canine Cherry eye surgery (Removal or replacement)

The cherry eye is the prolapse of a tear gland present on the third eyelid of canine patients. In a dog with no problems, the gland stays in its proper position which is tucked nicely at the inner corner of the eye, thanks to a small ligament. When the gland pops out of its normal position, it’s because of some level of laxity (looseness) or weakness of the ligament. This causes the gland to start protruding as a reddish mass at the corner of the dog’s eye, hence the term “cherry eye.”

Entropion Surgery

Entropion is an abnormality of the eyelids in which the eyelid rolls inward. This inward rolling often causes the hair on the surface of the eyelid to rub against the cornea. Resulting in pain, corneal ulcers, perforations, or pigment developing on the cornea which can interfere with vision.

Canine Eye Tacking

Quite often puppies are presented for tacking to correct entropion whilst they are under 6 months of age. This is performed under a quick general anaesthetic. Multiple strong sutures or stainless steel staples are placed in the affected lids to prevent the eyelashes from irritating the eyes.

The aim is to roll out the affected lids to allow the puppy to develop its skull and the fat pad behind the eyes. In some puppies, this will be sufficient when they are skeletally mature but some pups will go on to require entropion surgery. Eye tacks can be removed after several weeks in the conscious puppy.

Canine Hair Lip/Cleft Palate Treatment

A cleft palate is a relatively common condition in dogs (up to 25% incidence). It occurs due to a failure of the roof of the mouth to close during development in the womb. This results in a hole between the mouth and the nasal cavity. The defect can occur in the lip (primary cleft palate) or along the roof of the mouth (secondary cleft palate). Inside the mouth, the cleft can extend along the bony portion (hard palate), the soft palate at the back of the mouth, or both.

WHAT IS THE TREATMENT FOR CLEFT PALATE IN PUPPIES?

Treatment depends on the severity of the condition, the age at which the diagnosis is made, and whether there are complicating factors, such as aspiration pneumonia.

Small primary clefts of the lip and nostril of the dog are unlikely to cause clinical problems.
Secondary cleft palates in dogs require surgical treatment to prevent long-term nasal and lung infections and to help the puppy to feed effectively. The surgery involves either creating a single flap of healthy tissue and overlapping it over the defect or creating a ‘double flap’, releasing the palate from the inside of the upper teeth, and sliding it to meet in the middle over the defect.
Feeding of affected puppies requires tube feeding small quantities of milk every 2 hours from birth; older pups may be weaned onto solid foods from as early as 4 weeks of age.

Puppies with aspiration pneumonia will require antibiotics and sometimes hospitalisation, dependent on severity before any surgery can be performed.

Each patient’s health concerns and the severity of the palatal defect will govern the ideal timing of surgery and the technique used. In some cases, more than one surgical procedure may be necessary as the puppy grows and the palate expands.

Most cases have an excellent long-term prognosis following surgical correction (dependent on severity and location). However, some dogs can have long-term complications even following successful surgery. They can be at increased risk of upper respiratory infections and some may have a chronic nasal discharge that is not definitively treatable.

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CAUSE AND EFFECTS OF CLEFT PALATE IN DOGS?

Causes of a Cleft Palate. A cleft palate is a congenital condition. This means that a dog is born with this condition, making it a genetic condition. However, the puppy’s mother may have been exposed to nutritional deficiencies, viruses, and poisons during her pregnancy, all of which contributed to the birth defect. Purebred dogs are more likely to have the condition than mixed breeds. Breeds with brachycephalic syndrome appear to be especially vulnerable.

Even if they aren’t obvious, there are several signs that a puppy has a cleft palate. The following are the symptoms of cleft palates in dogs.

A deformed lip or a nostril are the two most common physical signs of a cleft palate or cleft lip. Depending on the shape and position of the cleft, a dog may only have one deformed nostril. The opening extending inside the mouth along the hard or soft palates that accompany a lip or nostril deformity is not immediately visible.

Depending on the shape and location of the defect, the dog’s upper or lower teeth and gums may protrude awkwardly from the mouth.

Coughing or gagging will also occur when attempting to drink water because some of the water will pass through the trachea rather than the oesophagus. If a newborn puppy is having difficulty nursing because it can’t latch on to its mother or a bottle, a dog breeder may notice a problem. When trying to nurse, milk may come out of its nose, or it may cough and gag.
Because of these deformities, as well as the fact that food and water can pass down the airway, eating becomes difficult, and a dog may become malnourished if it does not eat enough.

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WHATS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN PRIMARY AND SECONDARY CLEFT PALATE IN DOGS?

A cleft palate in your dog can be classified as either a primary cleft palate (found on the lip and also known as harelip) or a secondary cleft palate (what we’re talking about here), in which the palate does not fuse together normally, leaving a gap between the cavities of the mouth and nose. A hard cleft palate is a bony defect in the roof of the mouth. A soft section cleft is defined as a hole in the swallowing portion of the mouth. The cleft can occur in both the hard and soft areas of the mouth at the same time.

Aural Haemotoma

An aural hematoma, also known as an ear hematoma, is a blood blister that develops between the skin and cartilage of the “pinna” (ear flap). It’s very common in dogs who are prone to ear infections, especially if they have floppy ears rather than ears that stand straight up.

The condition occurs when trauma or an injury to the ear flap causes the small blood vessels inside the pinna to break and leak internally, resulting in a blood-filled swelling.

Prolapse Repair For Dogs Wolverhampton

Rectal prolapse can occur in any breed of dog. As the name implies, this condition involves the rectum, which protrudes from the anal opening. Initially, the prolapse might happen only while your dog is passing stool. However, over time, the relapse can become severe enough to remain constantly protruding from the anus.

Not only is this uncomfortable for your dog, but it’s also very serious. Left untreated, a prolapse can prevent the dog from being able to pass any stool, which ultimately can cause severe illness or even death.

True vaginal prolapse is a rare condition in dogs. It is occasionally observed in animals with constipation, dystocia, or forced separation during breeding. If a true prolapse occurs, the bladder, the uterine body and/or distal part of the colon, may be present in the prolapse.

Fortunately, with prompt treatment, most dogs will recover fully from a prolapse. If steps are taken to remedy the cause of the condition, it’s unlikely the dog will experience another.

Lumps, Mass & Tumour Removal

Usually, people notice new masses while petting their cat or dog. While skin and subcutaneous masses are usually benign, some are malignant, and all new masses should be investigated.

Lumps are not usually a medical emergency. Just to be sure though, you should bring your pet to the vet for an evaluation as soon as possible.

If a mass or tumour is determined to be benign, the veterinarian may suggest just monitoring for growth. In the case of malignant tumours, surgery is often the recommended treatment. Here are several such tumours and masses to be aware of:

  • Papillomavirus tumours, which, although benign, may cause discomfort.
  • Lymphoma can lead to swollen lymph nodes, coughing, a lack of appetite, and lethargy.
  • Melanoma, which is often dark brown or black in colour and can cause pain and swelling.
  • Hemangiosarcoma, which targets the blood vessels. If present in the spleen, rupturing can occur, which is considered a medical emergency.
  • Histiocytoma damages the immune system. These are more common in dogs than cats. If you have a Chinese Sharpei, Boston Terrier, Boxer, Greyhound, Scottish Terrier, or English Bulldog, be especially proactive.
  • Osteosarcoma, which often presents in the extremities. This bone cancer may lead to limping.
  • Lipomas are classified as fatty tumours. These benign tumours are quite common in dogs.
  • Mast cell tumours, lead to itchiness and skin redness in animals.

 

What to Expect During Mass Removal

Your surgeon may use electrocautery to remove the tumour. The incision line will be closed with sutures, which, are often in multiple layers. The suture may be absorbable or non-absorbable.

The excised tissue is routinely submitted to a reference diagnostic laboratory for evaluation by a boarded clinical pathologist. Further treatment recommendations are made based on the histopathologic evaluation.