Sterilization removes the manifestation of heat that is often as painful for the animal as for its owners.
Sterilization primarily provides health benefits for your pet. When it is performed before puberty (at about 6 months), it significantly reduces the risk of the onset of breast tumors, which are unfortunately very common in bitches and cats. It also eliminates any risk of so-called pseudopregnancy lactation, and the risk of the onset of a pyometra infection during the period at risk, i.e. in 2 months following each end of heat.
Important note: different sterilization techniques exist. They vary in terms of the removal of the whole of the female reproductive system, called ovariohysterectomy (removal of the uterus and ovaries) and oophorectomy which only involves removing the ovaries. According to several publications that identify potential complications related to the presence of the uterus (pyometra, mammary tumors), we practice by default removal of the whole of the female reproductive system.
In addition, this operation can be performed via minimally invasive surgery for bitches, the main benefits being reduced pain and faster wound healing (tiny openings). See under the "MINIMALLY INVASIVE SURGERY" tab for a detailed explanation.
Castration provides health benefits for your pet. Besides the fact that it eliminates the risk related to the development of testicular cancer, the change in behavior induced by castration reduces the risk of fighting and runaways, and hence indirectly reduces the risk of accidents, bites, scratches and wounds. Castration also indirectly helps fight the spread of various infectious diseases.
In dogs, castration can eliminate certain forms of aggressiveness .
In cats, it reduces the risk of urine marking that are more common in multiple-cat homes and very annoying for owners.
SOFT TISSUE SURGERY
Brachycephalic syndrome surgery
The brachycephalic syndrome is a respiratory syndrome encountered in dogs with short noses, such as the French, English and Continental Bulldog Breeds, Pekingese, Pugs, Boxers and Boston Terriers. Dogs with this syndrome have noticeable noisy breathing which, under certain circumstances, can become pathological especially when exercising or during the summer when it is hot.
These symptoms are due to a narrowing of the upper airways that can occur at 3 levels:
- Nasal stenosis, i.e. too narrow nostrils that will prevent air entering properly through the nose (see our page "Minimally invasive surgery")
- Overlong soft palate, which can pass over the epiglottis and block the entry of air into the trachea
- Everted laryngeal ventricles behind each vocal cord that, like trouser pockets, turn inside out and protrude into the trachea, reducing the diameter of the passage of air.
The least severely affected dogs can be treated without surgery by keeping the dog inside on the hottest days, preventing it from getting excited, controlling their weight and by encouraging the use of a harness rather than a dog collar.
However, even dogs with minor symptoms at the start may worsen in the event of the onset of secondary problems. There is therefore a real benefit in terms of surgical intervention as soon as the symptoms become too serious.
The surgical correction for brachycephalic syndrome that we perform consists of 3 steps
1. Rhinoplasty to correct nasal stenosis
2. Shortening of the soft palate using a CO2 laser to release the entry of air into the trachea
3. Removal of everted laryngeal ventricles.
THORACIC AND ABDOMINAL SURGERY
Our 2 surgical suites are equipped with a complete arsenal of equipment that allows us to cover a wide range of surgical procedures, including:
- Extraction of foreign bodies
- Exploratory laparotomy
- Diaphragmatic hernia
- Gastric dilation and volvulus (torsion) syndrome
- Volvulus, intussusception of the intestines
- Nephrostomy, nephrectomy
- Cystostomy, urinary bladder stone removal
- Caesarean section
- Unilateral / bilateral mastectomy
- Penile amputation
- Inguinal or abdominal cryptorchidism
- Exeresis of the anal glands
- Perianal hernia
- Rectal prolapse
Important technical means are nowadays available in veterinary ophthalmology and make it possible to treat a large number of eye disorders medically or surgically.
Among our surgical services, the ophthalmological diseases that we correct are the following:
- Entropion / Ectropion
- Nictitans gland prolapse
- Disorders of the cornea requiring tarsorrhaphy
- Eye disorders for which enucleation is necessary