Becker Animal Hospital provides a variety of surgical services available onsite 24/7, through our staff veterinarians and with Dr. Justin Harper, a board-certified surgical specialist who handles all orthopedic procedures and complex soft tissue surgeries. A few types of surgeries are referred out to a special surgical referral hospital, but otherwise all surgeries – both routine and complex – are performed on-site at Becker Animal Hospital.
To prepare your pet for surgery, we ask that you please withhold food from your pet 12 hours before the procedure, although please provide fresh water right up until the time you bring him into our hospital. After surgery, your pet may stay at our hospital for a period of two days and two nights at no additional charge, and it also will receive a no-charge bath and flea dip after its procedure.
Pre-Surgical Blood Tests — In preparation for your pet’s surgery, please download the pre-surgical blood test form, complete it, and bring it with you >>
Soft tissue is that surgery which involves the skin, muscle and organs of the body. Common examples of this would be wounds from trauma, any type of tumor or cancer surgery, of which the more common types are mass cell tumors of the skin and tumors of the spleen. These are usually but not always found in older pets. Other surgeries would include intestinal foreign bodies and the spay and neuter surgeries to prevent unwanted puppies and kittens.
Orthopedic surgery refers to surgeries involving the musclo-skeletal system and bones. These can be broken bones from trauma, torn ligaments of the knee, structural deformities that pets are born with like kneecap repair and even surgical repair of the hips for dogs that have arthritis.
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.
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.