Soft Tissue Surgery

Patent Ductus Arteriosus

A patent ductus arteriosus, or PDA, is considered the most common congenital (present at birth) heart defect in dogs. This defect occurs due to failure of the ductus arteriosus, a normal blood vessel present in the developing fetus, close to or just after birth. As a result, the ductus arteriosus remains open, or ‘patent.’ Read more about Patent Ductus Arteriosus

Hemangiosarcoma

What is Hemangiosarcoma?

Hemangiosarcoma is a highly malignant cancerous tumor that originates from blood vessels often in the spleen or heart although may occur in any blood vessels in the body.  The cancer commonly spreads to other organs including liver, lungs, heart, brain, spinal cord, skin, and muscles. Read more about Hemangiosarcoma

Bladder Tumors - TCC

Introduction

Our pets’ urinary systems function much like those of humans. They consist of the kidneys, the ureters, the urinary bladder, and the urethra. The kidneys filter the blood to remove wastes from the bloodstream, and also maintain the electrolyte, or salt, balance of the body. That waste then becomes urine, and travels through the ureters to the bladder, which is able to expand thanks to the transitional cells that make up its lining and its muscular wall. When an animal urinates, the urine passes out of the body through the urethra.

The most common type of urinary bladder cancer in dogs is transitional cell carcinoma (TCC) - a tumor of the cells that line the bladder. Most tumors are classified as intermediate to high-grade infiltrative bladder tumors at the time of diagnosis.

TCC can also arise in the ureters, urethra, prostate, or vagina and can spread (metastasize) to the lungs, lymph nodes, bones, or other organs. Approximately 20% of dogs with bladder cancer have metastases at the time of diagnosis. Other less common types of tumors of the bladder cancer of the urinary tract may include leiomyosarcomas and fibrosarcomas. Read more about Bladder Tumors - TCC

Total Ear Canal Ablation (TECA)

INTRODUCTION

A total ear canal ablation (TECA) means removal of the ear canals. Many times it is performed on both ears at once. It is an operation that is performed when an animal has severe inflammatory disease of the external ear canal or when a growth, such as cancer, is present within the ear canal or middle ear cavity.

To understand why this procedure might be necessary, it’s important to first understand the anatomy of your pet’s ear and the surrounding area. Read more about Total Ear Canal Ablation (TECA)