Two Rivers Pet Hospital pet surgery services include spays and neuters, orthopedics, and general surgery. We perform all surgical procedures using a surgical laser.
Surgery in Great Falls
Veterinary Soft Tissue Surgery
This is any surgery not related to bones or joints. It can be routine elective procedures such as neuters and spays to much more complicated intra-abdominal surgeries. Our veterinary personnel does a careful evaluation that determines whether or not your pet requires soft tissue surgery. We strive to make your pet’s procedure as safe and comfortable as possible before, during, and after the surgery. Our veterinarian uses the safest and most effective anesthesia to manage your pet’s pain during soft tissue surgery. We will closely monitor your pet’s vitals throughout the process.
Veterinary Orthopedic Surgery
Orthopedic surgery is the branch of surgery concerned with conditions involving the musculoskeletal system. Orthopedic surgeons use both surgical and nonsurgical means to treat musculoskeletal trauma, sports injuries, infections, tumors, and congenital disorders.
At Two Rivers Pet Hospital, we have invested the capital and time required for proper training on the equipment needed to perform complex orthopedic procedures with accuracy and efficiency. Two Rivers has extensive experience with many orthopedic diagnostic and surgical procedures.
Spays and Neuters
Some owners are initially uncomfortable with the idea of taking away their pet’s ability to breed. However, spaying and neutering is not only a healthier option, but it also helps other animals stand a chance at adoption. Most unplanned pet pregnancies result in puppies or kittens whose owners are unwilling or unable to care for them. These animals usually end up in shelters or on the street as strays. In fact, the ASPCA estimates that approximately 6.5 million companion animals enter U.S. pet shelters each year. Sadly, a large number of these pets will never find a forever home. By preventing your pets from unexpectedly breeding, you can reduce the number of pets going into shelters, thereby increasing the odds of adoption for current shelter residents.
Male and female cats and dogs can all benefit in the long term from being spayed or neutered. Some of the health and behavioral issues eliminated by this procedure include decreased risk of different forms of cancer (such as mammary and testicular tumors), reduced aggressive behavior in males, and prevention of uterine infections in females.
Declaws and Tail Docking
Onychectomy is the medical term for Declaw. It is the surgical removal of a cat’s nail bed (amputation of digit). The surgery can be performed on the front paws, rear paws, or all 4 paws. The procedure is routinely performed at 5-6 months of age and is recommended for indoor cats only. The procedure eliminates the cat scratching at items in your house and people. The surgical laser is used on all declaw procedures to reduce bleeding and postoperative pain.
Surgical shortening of the tail can be performed in order to comply with breed standards (performed at 3-6 days of age). This is a routine veterinary surgery to improve the animal’s appearance. Tail docking might also be necessary to treat an injury or disease.
Pet Laser Surgery
Two Rivers Pet Hospital is pleased to offer the latest in minimally invasive surgery, the CO2 Laser. This state-of-the-art technology uses a high-power beam of light to precisely cut and remove tissues, from single layers of cells to large tumors. We do all of our surgeries with a laser instead of a scalpel blade.
Laser surgery improves precision for surgeons and reduces bleeding, pain, recovery time, and risk of infection for patients. This innovative technology is becoming more popular in soft tissue surgery. When the laser cuts, it cauterizes the blood vessels, which leads to less bleeding during the procedure. It also cauterizes the lymphatics and nerve endings so there is less pain and irritation after the procedure. We are the only clinic in Great Falls to offer surgeries performed with the C02 laser while remaining at affordable prices.