We use a team approach during surgical procedures by combining the best veterinary and technical expertise to ensure a safe, effective surgical outcome. All of the veterinarians at Mobile Animal Clinic are highly skilled surgeons with a combined 68 years of surgical experience. Along with routine spays and neuters, we perform complex orthopedic and soft-tissue procedures. Our surgery suite is equipped with all of the modern surgical and anesthetic equipment needed to perform procedures on the largest breeds of cats and dogs to the smallest breeds of pocket pets.
As a pet parent, we understand the stress that comes along with your loved one undergoing surgery. At Mobile Animal Clinic, our team is highly trained to perform the safest surgical procedures. Patients are closely monitored and kept comfortable from start to finish.
Our goal is to make surgical procedures safer for your pet by minimizing tissue damage and decreasing surgery time. To guarantee this, we use the most cutting-edge advancements in equipment, technology, and surgical methods. We also use a leading electrocautery unit to control hemorrhage during surgery, as decreased hemorrhaging leads to quicker healing time and improved surgical outcome for your pet.
We recommend spay/neuter procedure for all pets. With a simple snip, pets experience a lifetime of health benefits and behavioral improvements. So much so, that sterilized pets live longer lives. Here’s why!
- Spaying is performed on female pets to remove the ovaries and uterus. This quick and safe procedure prevents unwanted litters, heat cycles, mammary and uterine complications and cancers, aggression, the urge to roam, and mood changes.
- Neutering is performed on male pets to remove the testicles. This quick and safe procedure prevents the urge to roam, aggressive behaviors, and the dangers of testicular cancer and an enlarged prostate.
Did you know spaying or neutering your pet also benefits you and your family? By eliminating sexual instincts, pets become less aggressive and more loyal companions to their human family members. All in all, it’s a win-win for you and your pet.
Proper timing is determined based on factors such as age, breed, size, and lifestyle.
Soft-tissue surgery includes a large majority of surgical procedures that fall outside of orthopedics such as urogenital, cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, reconstructive, oncological procedures, and more.
A pet’s risk for developing tumors, lumps, and bumps increases with age. However, pets of any age can develop abnormal masses. If you notice an abnormal mass on your pet, give us a call right away so we can quickly make a diagnose and determine if the area is cancerous or benign. This is especially important if the area appears to be quickly growing or changing.
We assess abnormal masses on a case by case basis. In some instances, we may recommend a benign mass be removed to prevent growth and further spread to the rest of the body. This is also the only surefire way to protect against the mass becoming cancerous over time. The location of the mass is also a consideration. Some masses, depending on size and location, may inhibit movement. In these cases, removal is recommended for your pet’s comfort and safety.
Our practice is home to a cryotherapy unit! This modern surgical advancement uses liquid nitrogen to remove small skin masses without the need for general anesthesia. Warts, small eyelid masses, and certain skin cysts are easily removed using this technique, and is particularly beneficial for senior pets who are concerned with anesthesia.
To prevent enlargement, our medical team recommends removing hernias. This is a minor procedure If you find a hernia on your pet, let us know. This is a minor procedure when taken care of in early stages. Hernias easily grow in size from weight gain, physical activity, pregnancy, and trauma. To prevent infection, strangulation, resection of dead tissues, and fatality, surgical correction is the best treatment route for your pet.
Our medical team also commonly performs:
- Urinary tract surgery to eliminate bladder stones.
- Adrenalectomy to remove tumors of the adrenal glands.
- Portosystemic Shunt to promote proper systemic circulation of the blood to vital bodily systems.
We are trained to relieve pets of painful and debilitating bone, joint, and spine conditions and injuries. Please keep in mind, personality and behavioral changes are often the first signs of orthopedic pain. If you notice lethargy, weakness, irritability, aggression, and unwillingness to jump or climb, please let us know right away.
Our medical team is prepared to perform the following common orthopedic procedures:
- Luxating Patella Repair
- Anterior Cruciate Repair (ACL)
- Fracture Repair
- Dislocation Repair
We are dedicated to your pet’s wellness and will work with you to create a comprehensive treatment and recovery plan. In severe cases, your pet may need to be referred to a specialist.
Dental disease is painful and puts pets at risk for further infection in the oral cavity and rest of the body. For this reason, we may recommend oral surgery for pets diagnosed with advanced stages of dental disease. In less severe cases, a routine dental cleaning may be enough to provide relief.
Our skilled medical team will provide substantial relief if your pet needs oral surgery. We are trained to perform common procedures such as tooth extractions, root canals, and foreign object removal. Advanced procedures such as jaw and tooth fractures, oral tumors and cysts, and root canals are also performed.
To learn more about the dental services offered at Mobile Animal Clinic, click here.
Foreign Body Removal
It is not uncommon for pets to ingest everyday objects. In some cases, foreign bodies may safely pass through the GI tract without complication. However, foreign objects that become lodged in the GI tract can cause serious health implications, including death.
Call us right away at 402-333-3847 if you suspect your pet has ingested a foreign object.
Look out for the following tell-tale signs of foreign body ingestion:
- Loss of appetite
- Pale gums
- Painful or tender abdominal region
- Abnormal stool (constipation, diarrhea, blood, odd color)
Gastropexy is a preventive procedure that effectively protects at-risk breeds from gastric dilation volvulus, also known as bloat. This is a serious medical condition with a high fatality rate that can kill in as little as an hour!
If you suspect your pet is experiencing bloat, do not hesitate to seek urgent care immediately. Symptoms include a distended abdomen, restlessness, collapse, and unproductive vomiting.
The life-threatening effects of torsion are prevented by tacking the stomach to the abdominal wall. This procedure is especially important for large, deep-chested dogs such as Great Danes, Dobermans, and German Shepherds. If you have an at-risk breed, it is also important to monitor portion sizes and how quickly your dog eats. Our knowledgeable and trained team will discuss how to prevent bloat with you.
The veterinarians at Mobile Animal Clinic are trained to perform caesarean sections on dogs.
If you have any questions at all about this service and how we can help your dog with delivery, please give us a call at 402-333-3847.
Veterinary Surgical Specialists of Nebraska
We also use the specialty services of Veterinary Surgical Specialists of Nebraska. This is a mobile surgical service that comes to our facility performing advanced and complex surgical services when needed.
Dr. David F. Merkley is the Board Certified Veterinary Surgeon who provides this service. He has spent over 35 years in veterinary surgical education including teaching, research, and clinical surgery. Dr. Merkley received his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine at Iowa State University, and completed his surgical training at Michigan State University. He obtained diplomate certification by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 1977.
Pain management is a major concern of our staff at Mobile Animal Clinic. Our goal is to keep your animal as pain free as possible. Whether pain is due to medical, surgical, or traumatic origin, you can be assured that appropriate pain management will take place. Our pharmacy maintains a supply of medications for balanced, multidimensional therapy for relieving pain and discomfort in your pet.
Mobile Animal Clinic is the only private animal hospital in Omaha to use constant rate infusion mini pumps to intravenously deliver an accurate dose of pain medication when necessary. This allows for safe, effective, prolonged pain control.
A dedicated licensed veterinary technician will monitor your pet from induction of anesthesia through recovery. During anesthesia, all pets are continuously monitored for heart rate, temperature, oxygen saturation, and respiration rate.
Our anesthetic machines are of the highest quality. They have been recently upgraded and inspected. All animals undergoing anesthesia will be monitored with pulse oximeter technology
Three qualities are of critical importance to us at Mobile Animal Clinic:
- Safe anesthetic drug protocols that match the type of patient with their current stage of life. These protocols must also reflect the type of procedure being done to maximize both safety and effectiveness.
- New modern anesthetic delivery equipment that can administer the anesthetic agent with precise accuracy.
Monitoring equipment must be high quality and current with the latest technology to insure your pet’s safety during surgery. Our monitoring equipment measures blood gases, temperature, systolic and diastolic blood pressures, ECG, and respiration rate continuously throughout the surgical procedure.