Rye Harrison Veterinary Hospital

Veterinary Pet Surgery

When your pet needs a surgery, you want the most experienced, skilled, and attentive veterinary surgeons to be on your team. Thankfully, just such surgeons can be found at Rye Harrison Veterinary Hospital. Every surgery we perform is carefully planned from pre-operation to post-operation to ensure your pet has the safest and most effective surgical procedure.

General & Advanced Surgery

Before the surgery, we will schedule a preoperative examination to make sure your pet is healthy enough for the procedure, and allow you to ask any questions you may have. We will also assess your pet for the appropriate amount of anesthesia required, and perform blood work. We will plan to use the safest techniques available for the procedure they require.

During the surgery, our staff will closely monitor the pet’s vital signs and use every advanced technology at our disposal to ensure that the patient is receiving the best care possible. We will perform pain management techniques before they even wake up to make their recovery easier.

After the surgery, we will closely monitor the pet to ensure they are recovering from the anesthesia as expected. If their behavior is unusual, we will act immediately.

Some of the surgeries which we commonly perform include,

Spay/neuter Procedure – Spaying removes the ovaries and uterus of female animals, and neutering removes the testes of male animals. Spay/neuter procedures prevent pets from reproducing and also provide many health benefits. These are some of the most common surgeries we perform, so our doctors are very confident regarding safety and efficacy.

Soft-tissue Surgery – is any surgery that is unrelated to the joint or bones. Some examples include spay/neuter procedure, laceration repair, and hernia repair.

Surgical Oncology – is performed to contain or stop the spread of cancer throughout the body by removing a tumor, mass, or lesion. When performed effectively it will improve the quality of life for the patient and help them to fight the disease.

Orthopedic surgery treats joint conditions of the elbow, hip, and knees.

Spay/Neuter Procedure

Spaying or neutering pets will prevent them from reproducing in the future, and also provide several other health benefits.

The surgeons at Rye Harrison Veterinary Hospital are highly skilled at performing safe spay/neuter procedures because of their high-level training and years of combined experience. We take proactive steps to ensure that the pet receives appropriate care for any associated pain, follow-up check-ups, and ample supervision during and after the procedure.

We recommend that all pets who are not owned by a responsible breeder be spayed or neutered for their health, and for the benefit of the pet population at large. Every year, many pets from unplanned litters end up in homeless shelters or on the streets living as strays. When you spay or neuter your pet, you are helping to keep pets out of animal shelters, and you are freeing up much-needed space for other homeless pets to receive care and be adopted.

The health benefits of the spay/neuter procedure is also an important reason to strongly consider the procedure for your pet.

The following list describes various ways that the spay/neuter procedure protects your pet from various health issues:

  1. Did you know that one out of every four female dogs who are not spayed, after the age of 9, will contract a life-threatening disease of the reproductive system called pyometra? Pyometra is serious infection of the ovaries that requires immediate emergency surgery to save the patient. Unspayed older female cats are also in danger of contracting pyometra. Spaying completely safeguards against this terrible, preventable condition.
  2. Neutered males cannot contract testicular cancer.
  3. Female dogs who are spayed before their first heat period have a 90% less chance of contracting breast cancer in their lifetimes. After their first heat period, the spay surgery will still decrease their chances, but if done before the first heat period it works best.
  4. Neutered male dogs and cats feel a decreased urge to wander away from home in search of a mate. This will protect them from getting lost, getting in conflict with other animals, or getting hit by cars, and makes them easier to train.

Laser Surgery

A laser is an intensely hot beam of light energy emitted at a specific wavelength. In laser surgery, lasers are used instead of blades to cut through tissue. Laser surgery was first used in humans in the 1980s, and as the benefits became more widely understood, it was eventually practiced on animals. Carbon dioxide lasers are most commonly used in veterinary medicine.

Laser surgery can be performed on almost any soft tissue surgery, such as spaying, neutering, dermatological conditions, removal of cysts or tumors, and more.

Laser surgery has several benefits in comparison to traditional surgery performed with a scalpel:

  • Extreme precision can be achieved by calibrating the laser to the most ideal level of depth and intensity. The instrument used by the veterinarian to create the laser incision is also much more easy to control to a precise degree than a surgical scalpel.
  • Lasers lower the risk of infection because their heat essentially sears the surface of the surgical area, killing any bacteria.
  • Patients recover faster from laser surgery because there is less trauma and bruising to the site of surgery.
  • Laser surgery results in far less bleeding than regular surgery because the burning heat of the laser cauterizes the wound, meaning that the capillaries which carry blood are sealed when the incision is made. This clears the view of the surgical field for the veterinarian, which allows them greater accuracy, and reduces the time of the procedure.
  • Less swelling occurs because less trauma is caused to the tissues, and the lymphatics in the surgical area are also cauterized by the laser beam. This allows the patient to recover faster.
  • Less post-operative pain is achieved because less trauma was caused to the tissues, and the laser beam also seals the nerve endings at the surgical site, which would normally be the primary pain receptors carrying signals of discomfort to the brain.

If you think your pet would be a good candidate for veterinary laser surgery, please discuss your options with your veterinarian.

Pain Management

No animal should live in unnecessary pain. When your family pet is dealing with pain, it affects everyone in the household. The love we have for our pets makes their pain unbearable for us to watch. At Rye Harrison Veterinary Hospital, it is apart of our ethic to prevent pain from affecting our patients to the greatest extent possible.

When managing pain, there are two general types which require different treatment and consideration: chronic pain and acute pain.

Chronic pain – is generally characterized by its duration. It can last weeks, months, or even years. Chronic pain is caused by conditions such as cancer or arthritis that are also considered chronic, or long-lasting.

Acute pain– is sharper and shorter-lasting. Acute pain can be caused by a trauma, or even by a veterinary procedure such as a surgery or tooth extraction. In cases such as these, it can be prepared for or mitigated in advance.

Both chronic and acute pain can be treated with both drug and non-drug methods. Depending on the severity, type, and cause of the pain, your veterinarian may prescribe pain medication to alleviate the pain, and will most likely discuss how to alleviate the pain through lifestyle methods.

If your pet is prescribed pain medication, it is critical that the directions for dosage be closely followed. Medication that is not prescribed to your pet should never be given, and their pain medication should never be given to another creature. Taking unprescribed pain medication can cause very serious complications, and even death.

Other pain management techniques pets respond well to include acupuncture, chiropractic adjustments, physical therapy, weight control, added bedding or padding to their environment, and added warmth in cold weather.

Every pet handles their pain in their own unique way. Because pets cannot tell us what is wrong, it is up to us, their caretakers, to notice if they are living with pain and to assist them accordingly. The following are common signs of a pet in pain:

  • Hiding from attention
  • Increased crying or whining
  • Increased aggression
  • Seeking more affection than usual
  • Licking a particular area of the body excessively
  • Changed sleeping patterns
  • Changed eating patterns
  • Limping
  • Decreased mobility
  • Facial expressions
  • Body language such as lowered ears, lowered tail, and crouching

Join the Rye Harrison Veterinary Hospital Family Today!

Located off of Exit 19 on I-95 (New England Thruway) between Theodore Fremd Ave and Maple Ave.

Phone: 914.921.2000

Email: reception@rhvh.com

  • Monday: 8:00 AM - 7:30 PM
  • Tuesday: 8:00 AM - 7:30 PM
  • Wednesday: 8:00 AM - 7:30 PM
  • Thursday: 8:00 AM - 7:30 PM
  • Friday: 8:00 AM - 7:30 PM
  • Saturday: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Sunday: Closed

If you are experiencing an emergency after hours, please call us at (914) 921-2000 and you will be directed to the veterinarian on call.