Our highly skilled North Texas 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 that 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 a definitive histopathological diagnosis. This is a specialized surgery that is often 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).