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General & Advanced Surgery

At Animal Medical Clinic of Gulf Gate, we pride ourselves on the safety and successful outcomes of the surgical procedures we perform. We understand how special your pet is to you, which can cause emotions to run high. That's why we partner with you to formulate a surgical plan that is best for you and your pet. We will keep you updated every step of the way - before, during, and after the procedure.

  • Before surgery, we will schedule a pre-operative visit with you to discuss your options, go over the details of the surgery, and perform pre-surgical bloodwork to ensure your pet is healthy enough to withstand sedation. We encourage you to ask any questions you may have. It is not only our job to treat your pet, but also to put our clients at ease.

  • During surgery, your pet's vitals will be closely monitored from beginning to end by a trained veterinary technician. This individual is also trained on pain management practices, so your pet experiences the least amount of pain during surgery and afterwards in recovery.

  • After surgery, your pet will continue to be closely monitored in recovery. In some cases, pets can go home the same day to recover in the comfort of their own homes. Depending on the procedure, some pets will need to stay overnight for their safety and to ensure surgical success. Before your pet goes home, we will carefully go over post-operative care instructions with you.

The veterinarians at Animal Medical Clinic of Gulf Gate have years of experience performing the common surgical procedures to follow:

  • Spay/neuter Procedure involves the removal of the sex organs to safeguard against preventable health conditions, unwanted pregnancies, and naughty behaviors associated with sexual instincts. This is a preventative surgery and staple of wellness care, and therefore is recommended for all patients of ours. For more information, click here.

  • Soft-tissue Surgery encompasses any procedure that does not operate on the bones or joints. Your pet may be a candidate for soft-tissue surgery if you observe abnormal lumps and bumps, unexplained weight loss, difficulty urinating, vomiting, or head shaking. Common soft-tissue surgeries performed at our facility include spay/neuter procedure, mass removal, trauma and laceration repair, hernia repair, bladder stone removal, and more.

  • Surgical Oncology is recommended as part of a treatment plan for pets with cancer. The goal of surgical oncology is to completely remove or halt the spread of cancer throughout the body. In turn, the hope is that this will improve a pet's health and quality of life.

  • Mass Removal is recommended when abnormal lumps or bumps are discovered on a pet. Prior to surgery, we will test the mass to determine if it is a cyst, hernia, or cancerous or benign tumor. Typically, the safest option is to remove the mass, however, your veterinarian will discuss your options with you based on your pet's unique situation. If a mass is cancerous, we highly recommend removing the mass to protect your pet's physical health and quality of life. If a mass is benign, we may also recommend removing it because there is always the possibility that a benign tumor will become cancerous over time. Benign tumors may also apply pressure to surrounding tissues and cause your pet physical discomfort.

  • Gastrointestinal Procedures are performed to provide relief for digestive complications and conditions. Common signs of gastrointestinal diseases include vomiting, diarrhea, weight loss, loss of appetite, and abdominal bloating and painfulness. These signs can point to colon cancer, gallstones, hernias, and acid reflux, to name a few.

  • Splenectomy Surgery removes the spleen in its entirety. This is a last-resort procedure, and is only recommended when all other treatment methods have proven ineffective.

  • Foreign Body Removal is performed when a pet has ingested a foreign object that cannot safely pass through the GI tract. An intestinal blockage can be a life or death scenario, so if you believe your pet has ingested a foreign object, please seek medical attention right away. We take emergency cases during open hours and refer clients to Suncoast Veterinary Emergency & Specialty Center and BluePearl Veterinary Partners after-hours.

  • C-sections aid pregnant pets in delivering litters. Depending on the size, health, shape, and pelvic size of the pregnant pet, a C-section may need to be scheduled and performed for the health and safety of the delivering pet, as well as her babies.