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Proper diet, scheduled vaccinations and regular checkups can go a long way toward keeping your pet healthy, but some situations may call for surgical intervention. While the prospect of surgery may fill you with anxiety, you can rest easy knowing that your pet has access to a skilled veterinarian. Here at Trilby Animal Hospital we perform surgery to address a wide variety of needs, from acute injuries to pet wellness care.
Pet spay and neuter procedures are a common type of pet surgery. Neutering of male animals simply means surgical castration, while spaying involves a somewhat more invasive procedure to remove a female animal's uterus and ovaries. Pet spay and neuter surgeries allow pets to avoid the cancers or other diseases that can afflict the reproductive organs, boosting their chances for a longer, healthier life. They also prevent behavioral issues associated with the release of sex hormones.
Some pet surgeries repair sick or damaged internal organs. A dog with a twisted stomach or intestine, for example, may require immediate emergency surgery to correct this potentially fatal condition. Injured organs or organs containing tumors may also require surgery. Skin tumors may require surgical removal to protect the body's largest organ. Short-nosed (brachycephalic) pets with breathing problems may need corrective surgery to open the respiratory passages. Eye and ear surgeries can also improve function or remove diseases to those organs.
If your pet needs a veterinarian who can offer surgical treatment as well as other forms of care, bring him to our Toledo veterinarian! Our animal hospital combines state-of-the-art diagnostic technology and hands-on practical experience with dogs, cats and exotic pets, enabling us to spot any lurking issues and prescribe the appropriate course of treatment. Contact our office to learn more!
Canine Influenza Update October 2017
There has been a recent outbreak of cases of canine influenza virus (CIV) in the greater Toledo area this month. The virus can present as either of two strains, and is highly contagious. Virtually all dogs are susceptible to CIV regardless of breed or age. Symptoms range from coughing, sneezing, fever a runny nose and even a life threatening pneumonia. Typically, a dog will act like it's having kennel cough. A dog is most likely contagious before showing any signs. The Canine Influenza virus does not persist in the environment for very long, but it does spread easily between individuals, usually transmitted through direct contact with a contagious dog's saliva or nasal secretions. Treatment for CIV involves supportive therapy: antibiotics to prevent secondary bacterial infections, cough suppressants, or anti-viral medication. Sometimes fluid therapy is necessary depending on how long the dog has been sick. Dogs that go to day care facilities, boarding kennels, dog parks or training classes are at higher risk for exposure to CIV. If dogs spend most of their time at home or rarely come into contact with other dogs, they will likely have lower risk. There is no evidence that this virus is transmissible to people. We now carry a vaccine that helps protect dogs from outbreaks caused by both strains of the Canine Influenza Virus. The vaccine aids in the control of disease associated with CIV. The vaccine can be given in dogs at 7 weeks of age or older. A second dose is given 2-4 weeks later. A minimum of two doses is required for primary immunization, and annual vaccination with one dose is recommended. Please let us know if you have any concerns regarding your dog's possible exposure to CIV or if you anticipate vaccinating your pet against the virus.
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Welcome to Trilby Animal Hospital! We are located in Toledo, and we are
a full-service animal hospital, offering medical, surgical, and dental
veterinary care. Our mission is to provide the highest level of veterinary
care for your pets in a friendly environment. Our friendly and courteous
staff would love a chance to meet you and to take care of your pet.