Surgical Procedures
Reconstructive and Cosmetic Surgery

This page is for informational purposes only. Please note that we do NOT offer these services.

Common cosmetic and restorative procedures:

  • Declawing – Declawing can be medically necessary if tumors exist or the claw is injured and not repairable, but it is primarily an elective procedure. Usually pet owners opt to have their feline declawed to prevent scratching, or elderly pet owners decide on the surgery because their health status could not support exposure to the bacteria in the claws.
  • Devocalization or Debarking – Debarking pets is an elective surgery that is usually performed after a pet’s habit becomes a serious issue and causes neighborly disputes or legal problems.
  • Ear cropping – Ear cropping is a cosmetic procedure performed on certain breeds whose owners want them to meet the breed standard. Surgery is performed on puppies between 7 and 16 weeks old.
  • Nose surgery – There are several nose surgeries that can be performed on dogs whose noses aren’t fully functional. Breathing issues are common in flat-nosed breeds including Pugs, Boston Terriers, and Bulldogs. Nose surgery is intended to open the restricted airways and help the dog breathe better.
  • Oral Surgery – Occasionally a pet’s breathing difficulties are a combination of airway restriction in the nostrils, mouth, and throat. In these instances, surgery can be performed on the soft palate and larynx, restoring the pet’s ability to breathe well. 
  • Orthodontics – Pet orthodontics is an entirely elective procedure that helps realign crooked teeth and misaligned bites. Some pets do not have the “scissor bite” (lower canines that intersect upper canines and lateral incisors), which can lead to serious periodontal disease and can cause excruciating pain. As a result, traditional metal braces can be affixed to the teeth to properly align the bite. If caught prior to losing baby teeth, the adult teeth can be surgically straightened to prevent orthodontic problems.
  • Tail docking – Like ear cropping, tail docking is a cosmetic surgery applied when a pet owner wants their pet to meet the breed standard. It is usually performed when the puppy is 2 to 5 days old.
  • Skin fold reduction – Used to lessen the amount of skin folds on the face, tail, back, and vulva to prevent skin infections. Most breeds that have an excess of wrinkles such as Bloodhounds, Pugs, and Shar Peis are more prone to skin infections and parasites that breed in warm, moist places. Skin folds are the perfect climate for these infections to breed. Utilizing surgery or Botox, a pet’s skin folds can be reduced, making them less susceptible to infection.

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