Surgical Services for Pets
We offer numerous surgical procedures for cats and dogs at each of our clinics in Houma and Raceland, using stringent surgical protocols to protect the health and safety of both pets and staff.
During each surgery, a dedicated nurse will administer anesthesia and continuously monitor your pet using electronic patient monitoring equipment. We also provide pain management.
After surgery, our priorities shift to post-operative monitoring and pain management. Your vet will also give thorough instructions for at-home care.
Most routine procedures go home the same day, while more advanced procedures require overnight hospitalization. Our service area also includes Thibodaux, Morgan City and Mathews.
What to Expect from Surgery
We always keep you fully informed regarding why a certain surgical procedure is being recommended and about any post-operative care instructions, including medications and proper care. We practice stringent surgical protocols at each of our locations in Houma and Raceland.
At Marcello Veterinary Hospital, we perform medical surgeries to help treat health conditions and diseases in pets or to repair injuries sustained through trauma.
Our vets in Houma and Raceland routinely perform the following surgeries:
- Soft Tissue Surgery
For pets suffering from ear, nose, and throat disorders, we offer soft tissue surgical procedures.
These procedures are also available for hepatic, urogenital, oncological, cardiothoracic, gastrointestinal, and skin disorders.
- Spaying & Neutering
When we spay (perform an ovariohysterectomy) or neuter (castrate) a cat or dog, we surgically sterilize them to prevent disease and provide them with an extended life expectancy.
If your pet is experiencing pain, redness, or other symptoms in or around their eyes, they may need ocular surgery.
Common ocular procedures for cats and dogs include cherry eye surgery, enucleations and more.
If your cat or dog requires a veterinary surgical specialist to perform the surgery, our veterinarians will refer you to a pet surgeon near and work closely with your animal surgeon to ensure that your pet receives the best possible care.
- Growth or Mass Removal
Cats and dogs can develop masses associated with the skin. Masses can also grow inside a body cavity and can be serious or life-threatening.
Growth or mass removal surgery is a fairly common procedure for both cats and dogs.
- Foreign Body
Sometimes, foreign objects are ingested or can get stuck inside a cat's or dog's body.
Whether your pet has eaten an object they shouldn't have or an accident has left them injured, we can perform foreign body surgery to remove it.
In some cases, specialized skills or equipment are needed to perform pet surgery. If that is the case for your animal, your vet will refer you to a cat or dog surgeon near and work closely with your veterinary surgeon to ensure that your dog or cat receives the very best care.
Wounds occur when living tissue has been cut, broken, burnt, torn, or otherwise damaged.
It's imperative that these wounds be cleaned, disinfected, and appropriately cared for by a qualified veterinarian as soon as possible.
- Orthopedic Surgery
Orthopedic surgeries correct injuries and diseases of the bones, ligaments, joints, tendons, and other skeletal structures in your pet.
These procedures can include cruciate repairs, FHO (femoral head ostectomy) surgery, IM pinnings, patella luxation repairs and fracture repairs.
If your dog or cat is suffering from a condition or injury that requires advanced specialized care your vet will refer your dog or cat to a vet surgeon near Houma or Raceland.
- Dental Surgery
Our veterinarians provide dental surgeries for dogs and cats. These surgeries can range from tooth extractions to gum disease treatment and jaw fracture repairs.
- Ear Crops
Ear cropping is a common surgical procedure involving the removal of a portion of a dog’s ears in order to achieve a specific look.
Many dog owners choose to have their dog’s ears cropped to remain consistent with the breed or simply out of preference. The breeds most often associated with cropped ears include Boxers, Great Danes, Schnauzers, American Pit Bulls, Staffordshire Terriers, Dobermans, and Miniature Pinschers.
Whatever the reason for your pet's ear cropping surgery, it’s important that the procedure be performed by a veterinary professional that is specially trained and experienced in performing these delicate procedures.
At Marcello Veterinary Hospital, we offer professional ear cropping services for dogs between the ages of 8-12 weeks. Our experienced vets and team will take every precaution to ensure that your pet’s procedure is carried out as safely and successfully as possible.
Following your pet's ear cropping surgery we will provide guidance and support throughout your pet’s recovery, and ensure that you have detailed instructions for the at-home care of your dog while they heal.
The Surgery Process
We understand that the idea of bringing your pet in for surgery can be concerning. If surgery is deemed necessary for your cat or dog, you can rest assured that our team will take the utmost care of your four-legged companion and treat it as our own.
We will ensure that you fully understand why we are recommending surgery and that you are comfortable deciding to move ahead.
If your pet requires advanced care, our vets will refer you to a veterinary surgeon near Houma and Raceland, and work closely with your vet surgeon to ensure that your pet receives the best possible care.
Surgical protocols at our clinic include:
Pre-surgical assessments. We will confirm the specifics of the procedure. To ensure your pet's safety, we carefully examine and screen each patient prior to the procedure.
The vet will complete and review blood tests to check for any abnormalities or conditions that may be problematic. This also enables us to tailor anesthetics specifically for your pet. We also monitor vital signs throughout all stages of surgery and recovery.
Dedicated surgical suites. Surgeries are performed in a dedicated surgical suite. This room is kept completely sterile to prevent infection and cross-contamination.
Surgical attire. Our staff wears disposable caps and masks at all times when they are in the surgical suite. Those involved in the procedure itself will also wear sterile gowns and single-use gloves.
Sterile packs and equipment. We carefully clean, sterilize and wrap our surgical instruments and equipment prior to every surgery.