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Spay
Spaying refers to the surgical procedure performed on female dogs and cats to render them infertile. There are many benefits to spaying your female companion. First, you will contribute to the prevention of the dog and cat overpopulation. Second, spaying will eliminate the sometimes ‘messy’ heat cycles that attract male dogs to your house from miles away. Third, you will help prevent diseases in your pet such as pyometra (infection in the uterus) and mammary cancer. Spaying involves surgical removal of both ovaries and the uterus. It can be performed under some anesthetics and monitoring devices. If you are shopping around for a competitive price on this procedure, be sure to question the type of anesthetic used and the monitoring equipment and procedures followed. We use several monitoring devices during your pet’s anesthetic. A veterinary technician continually assesses your pet’s vital signs during the procedure. Although the risk of an anesthetic death in a normal healthy pet is very rare, our monitoring devices and procedures allow us to respond to an anesthetic emergency faster. Faster responses can save lives. Please call or visit our facility to learn more about our spaying procedures.
Neutering
Neutering refers to the surgical procedure performed on male dogs and cats to render them infertile. There are many benefits to neutering your male companion. First, you will contribute to the prevention of the dog and cat overpopulation. Second, neutering will eliminate undesirable and at times, embarrassing behavior in your male companion. Third, you will help prevent diseases in your pet such as prostate disease and testicular cancer. Neutering involves surgical removal of both testicles. It can be performed under a number of anesthetics and monitoring devices. If you are shopping around for a competitive price on this procedure, be sure to question the type of anesthetic used and the monitoring equipment and procedures followed. We use several monitoring devices during your pet’s anesthetic. A veterinary technician continually assesses your pet’s vital signs during the procedure. Although the risk of an anesthetic death in a normal healthy pet is very rare, our monitoring devices and procedures allow us to respond to an anesthetic emergency faster. Faster responses can save lives. Please call or visit our facility to learn more about our neutering procedures.
Orthopedic Surgery
Orthopedic surgery refers to bone surgery. There are many different situations where bone surgery may be necessary including leg fractures, hip dysplasia, disc disease, etc. Most orthopedic surgeries can be performed at our clinic. Occasionally we refer our patients to a Board Certified surgeon to perform back surgery and other very complex operations. Leg fractures are the most common orthopedic problem presented at our clinic and usually result from a mishap with an automobile. They can be treated in a variety of ways depending on the location and type of fracture.
A cast can be applied to the leg to treat certain fractures; however, many fractures will require surgical intervention.

“Pinning” is a surgical technique whereby a long stainless steel rod is inserted into the middle of the bone. The rod traverses the fractured area.

“Plating” is a surgical technique whereby a flat stainless steel ‘plate’ is attached to the bone using screws on either side of the fracture.

“External fixation” is a method used to stabilize fractures with a series of pins on the outside of the leg that pass through the skin and into the bone on either side of the fracture.

The method of repair will depend on the location and type of fracture present. We hope you do not have to use our orthopedic services for this purpose. In the unfortunate event that you do, you can be assured that we can proceed with a treatment that will enhance your pet’s healing time and reduce the long term potential problems associated with a fracture or other orthopedic surgery.

Soft Tissue Surgery
We perform many types of soft tissue surgeries at our Hospital. Soft tissue surgeries are those that are not associated with bone. These surgeries can provide many benefits to pets. Masses and Tumors. Probably the most common soft tissue surgery performed on Pets is the removal of masses, or lumps. Most of these masses, once removed and tested, are found to be benign (nonharmful); however, occasionally they are more serious. Early removal and accurate diagnosis of a lump is necessary to improve the outcome in your Pet if the mass is cancerous. Exploratory Laparotomy is a type of soft tissue surgery of the abdomen. It may be indicated in different circumstances, including but not limited to: foreign body obstruction of the GI tract by an ingested object; to locate and remove internal masses of different organs, infected organs such as uterus during a pyometra disease, or retained testicles; or even in case of emergency such is severe traumatic bleeding in the abdomen. Ear Hematoma. If your dog suffers from frequent ear infections, head shacking can lead to a formation of hematoma – large blood-filled sac between the two surfaces of the ear. While some respond to draining and treatment of underlying infections, allergies, etc., many require surgical intervention to reduce pain, swelling, and improve cosmetic outcome. Surgical removal of masses and polyps inside ear canals can reduce their occurrence by improving airflow into the ear canal. End-stage otitis may necessitate referral to a board-certified veterinary surgeon for the total ear canal ablation procedure. Eye and Lid Surgery. Surgery can also help resolve several problems related to the eyes. Tearing in your Pet’s eyes and/or squinting can mean an infection is present or may be a sign that the cornea (outer layer of the eye) has been damaged. While many cases can be treated medically, some necessitate surgical intervention to allow the cornea heal faster with less scarring, improving your pet’s ability to see. In some Pets, the eyelashes and eyelid masses may actually damage the cornea. Surgical intervention improves comfort, reduces the chances of corneal scarring, and enhances the Pet’s vision in the long term. We can also repair many cases of entropion, or excessive rolling of the eye lids, as well as perform an enucleation when necessary. Dr. Lapova has a special interest in eye surgery, and we own state of the art magnifying and lighting equipment to enhance accuracy needed to perform eye surgery. Keep in mind that in complex cases, referral to the board-certified ophthalmologist will be recommended. Please contact us if you’d like to discuss how soft tissue surgery might be able to help your Pet.
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Below you will find contact information for our veterinary hospital in Charleston, SC. Please contact us to make an appointment!

Address

704 Orleans Rd
Charleston, SC 29407
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Hours

Mon-Fri: 7:30am – 6:30pm
Sat: 8:00am – 1:00pm
Sun: Closed

Contact Us

Phone: 843-766-7387
Fax: 843-766-7806
Email: info@animalmedicalwest.com
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