Complex Procedures

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Dr. Anna Schwister has been performing complex and difficult verterinary surgical procedures for over two decades. Her compassionate and skilled techniques can help restore your dog or cat to better health.

altCruciate Ligament Repair

Cruciate ligament repair is done when your pet injures one of its knees, resulting in an unstable knee joint. The instability, the torn ligament and other cartilage damage will make your cat or dog lame. If surgery is not performed, the injury will cause degenerative arthritis.

We can perform any one of multiple procedures to remove the damaged tissue from the joint and restabilize the knee.

Orthopedic Sugery

We can perform limited orthopedic surgery to deal with other issues your pet might be having. In a cat or dog, orthopedic surgery is performed to repair several problems, including Hip Dysplasia, Shoulder Disorders, Arthritis and Spinal Disc Disease.

Bladder Stone Treatments

Bladder stones are a common occurrence in dogs and cats. We will x-ray your pet to determine the stone’s size and location.

Depending on the size of the stone, Dr. Anna may first treat the stone medically. A special diet may also be prescribed to prevent future occurrence. The diet may include ingredients to encourage your pet to drink . More water in the bladder will increase flushing out of the products that produce the stone.

If these medical options don’t work, surgery may be necessary. In those cases, Dr. Anna will open the bladder surgically and remove the stones herself.

Tumor Treatments

Dogs and cats can develop tumors or lumps in or on their body. These lumps can often form abnormal growths or masses on the skin surface or below the skin. Removal of the tumor or mass is medically referred to as a “lumpectomy.”

If a pet has an abnormal growth or mass that Dr. Anna suspects is a tumor, she will monitor it’s rate of growth and perform a needle biopsy in which cells are gathered with a hypodermic needle or depending on the tumor’s size and location, remove it surgically .

Because tumors vary widely in type, there is no single preferred course of action.

Dr. Anna will discuss all possible treatment options with you after making a complete examination and any required testing.

Foreign Body Removal

Sometimes your dog or cat will eat something that they shouldn’t (i.e. a mitten or a child’s toy.) Sometimes these will not pass through your pet’s digestive tract. Therefore, they need to be surgically removed before the esophagus, stomach, or intestines are damaged.

Dogs have been known to eat toys, fishhooks, bones or rawhide treats whole. These become lodged in their digestive tract and can cause significant discomfort. Additionally, seemingly innocuous liquids like glue, which expand in a dog’s stomach, can be difficult to remove.

Cats typically have problems when they eat string such as yarn or dental floss. String can lodge in the digestive system, where it will cut through tissue or the lining of the intestines as it tries to pass through. Even hairballs can become too large to pass through the digestive system.

Whatever the case may be, if you suspect that your dog or cat has something stuck in its throat or stomach, you should immediately call Dr. Anna at Lakeview Animal Clinic at 262-695-6120.