Skin, Ear, Head, and Neck Surgery
- Major wound and reconstruction: Trauma can lead to severe skin and muscle injuries in cats and dogs. Surgical reconstruction and long term wound care is often very rewarding.
- Salivary mucocele: Mucoceles develop when saliva leaks out of the gland and causes fluid pockets under the jaw of dogs. In most cases, the cause is not understood. Surgical removal of the appropriate salivary glands is curative and dry mouth is not a concern due to the redundancy of multiple glands.
- TECABO: Total ear canal ablation and partial bulla osteotomy is surgical removal of a dog’s or cat’s ear canal. This surgery is needed when the ear canal disease is not responsive to medical management and the animal is suffering. Cocker Spaniels are the most common breed seen, but any animal can suffer from painful ear disease. Hearing is diminished, but animals are not truly deaf as the hearing apparatus of the inner ear is not affected.
- MLOs: Multi-Lobular Osteosarcomas are cancers of the flat bones, most commonly of the skull and jaw. Surgical removal by a board certified surgeon trained in the multiple disciplines of soft tissue, orthopedic, and neurosurgery is most appropriate to maximize your pets’ chance of a long term remission.
- Brachycephalic Airway Surgery: Commonly performed in Pugs, Bulldogs, French Bulldogs, Boston Terriers, this surgery helps open up the nose and shorten the palate for dogs who experience loud breathing and exercise intolerance. Chronic respiratory changes are not always reversible and this procedure is best done in the hands of an experienced surgeon in relatively young animals. Our surgeons have performed hundreds of these procedures safely over the years.
- Eyelid Surgery: Some dogs are born with eyelids that turn in or out, causing irritation of the eyes. Surgical intervention is appropriate to better align the upper and lower lids and minimize risk of corneal injury long term.
- Cherry eye: If a dog’s third eyelid prolapses, it looks like a red bump at the inside of their lower eyelid. Surgically replacing this gland is necessary to provide the best tear production and keep the eye healthy long term. This surgery is not an emergency, but best done quickly to minimize inflammation and scar tissue formation which can complicate surgery.
- Tracheal Collapse: Yorkshire Terries and other small breeds may have weak tracheas in their neck or chests that collapse when they start to breath hard. Surgically reinforcing the tracheal rings in their neck can help this part of the airway stay open and decrease the forces and pressures moving through the trachea when they breathe. Surgery is primarily helpful for dogs that only have tracheal collapse in their neck, not their thorax or chest.