General & Advanced Surgery

Our highly skilled veterinary surgeons are experienced in numerous surgical techniques and perform surgical procedures with the most advanced veterinary medical technology available.

Prior to every surgery, we will conduct a pre-surgical examination to ensure the patient is healthy enough to undergo anesthesia and the procedure itself. During the pre-surgical examination, we will also take a blood sample. It is encouraged for owners to ask any questions they may have about the procedure at this time.

During the procedure, we will assign a trained member of the staff to monitor the pet’s vital signs for maximum safety. We will ensure that pain medication is used appropriately so when they awaken, they will be as comfortable as possible. If a minimally invasive option, such as laparoscopy or endoscopy, is available for their needs we will encourage that route to minimize their pain and maximize results.

Post-operation, we will continue to monitor the animal closely to ensure they are recovering from the anesthesia as expected, and to inform our further decisions about pain management.

Several surgical procedures that our doctors regularly perform include the following:

Spay/neuter surgery is recommended for all companion animals. The best time to spay or neuter is before sexual maturity, especially for females, but benefits from the surgery are still possible at any age. Post-operation, pets can typically be brought home the next day as we keep all spay/neuter patients overnight.

Soft tissue surgery includes any surgery that is not performed on bones, cartilage, or joints. These include cardiothoracic, gastrointestinal, respiratory, and urogenital procedures. Emergency surgeries performed in relation to trauma are often soft tissue surgeries as well.

Surgical oncology is the treatment or removal of cancerous tissues. The goal of surgical oncology is usually to remove a mass or tumor to stop the spread of cancer and to achieve definitive histopathological diagnosis. This is a specialized surgery that is often a part of a comprehensive treatment plan.

Orthopedic surgery treats joint conditions of the elbow, hip, and knees. Our owner, Dr. Wesley Taylor, is one of the few veterinarians in the McKinney, and Dallas / Fort Worth, Texas area with the advanced training and experience to successfully perform ACL repair surgeries, including TPLO surgery and extracapsular repair. The following types of orthopedic procedures and techniques, including ACL surgeries for dogs, are performed here at Highlands-Eldorado Veterinary Hospital (in some cases there are preferred procedures that Dr. Taylor will discuss with you).

  • TPLO Surgery (Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy)
  • Extracapsular Cranial Cruciate Ligament Repair
  • Tightrope Procedure
  • Modified Maquet Procedure (MMP)
  • Patellar luxation repair
  • Bone fracture repair (internal and external fixation)
  • Oncology amputations
  • FHO (Femoral Head and Neck Ostectomy)
  • Trauma surgery
  • Paw Surgery
  • OCD treatment (Osteochondritis Dessicans)
  • Arthritis treatment
  • Lameness / limping diagnostics
  • Radiology, ultrasound, MRI and CAT scan diagnostic support

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COVID-19 Information

We are aware of Texas Governor Abbot's announcement to rescind the mask mandate effective 10 March 2021. For the safety of our clients and team, our hospital will continue to follow CDC Guidelines: masks required and practice social distancing.

As a reminder, here's what you can expect when visiting us for an appointment:

  • • When you arrive in the parking lot, please call 214-726-0838, followed by option 2. This will allow you to check-in for your appointment.
  • • As soon as we have a fully disinfected exam room available, one of our team members will come to get you and your pet.
  • • Please note we are only allowing one client in each exam room. If you have children with you, we kindly request you remain in your car, and we will perform your appointment via car-side service.

We greatly appreciate your understanding and support. Together we can minimize exposure and keep everyone we love safe.

Thank you,
The Team at Highlands-Eldorado Veterinary Hospital