Genoa Animal Hospital continues to offer excellent general surgery services. Our routine procedures include spays, castrations, tumor removals, declawing of cats, tail docking, and dew claw removal. We use state of the art anesthesia, anesthetic monitoring systems, and a surgical laser on most procedures. Pre-anesthetic blood work, intravenous fluid support and pain management are done on all patients receiving general anesthesia. Most procedures can be done in an outpatient basis and do not require an overnight stay. Dr. Seneczko has special training in Cruciate repair and oral surgery techniques. Please call the hospital for any additional information.
Ovariohysterectomy is the medical term for spaying. It is the surgical procedure of removing the uterus and ovaries. This procedure is routinely performed at 5-6 months of age. Prevention of pregnancy, heat cycles, uterine infections, ovarian and mammary tumors, and some skin disorders are the main reasons for this surgery.
Castration is the medical term for Neutering. It is the surgical removal of the testicles. This procedure is routinely performed at 5- 6 months of age. This surgery is performed to eliminate sexual activities and render the pet sterile. It can also reduce the tendency to roam, fighting, aggression, and some diseases of the testicles and prostate gland.
Onychectomy is the medical term for Declaw. It is the surgical removal of a cat’s nail bed (amputation of digit). The surgery can be performed on the front paws, rear paws, or all 4 paws. Procedure is routinely performed at 5-6 months of age. Recommended for indoor cats only!! Procedure eliminates the cat scratching at items in your house and people. The surgical laser is used on all declaw procedures to reduce bleeding and postoperative pain.
Tail docking or surgical shortening of the tail can be performed in order to comply with breed standards (performed at 3-6 days of age), to improve the animal’s appearance. Tail docking might also be necessary to treat an injury or disease.
Dew Claw Removal
Dew Claws are the small nails located on the inside of the front paws and occasionally the rear paws. Since these claws do not touch the ground, they do not wear down. If not regularly trimmed, they may curl and or grow into the foot. The Dew Claws are prone to injury because of their location. This procedure can be performed at 3 – 6 days of age, at the time of spay or castration, or at a later date if the pet is having repeated problems.