Routine and Specialty Surgeries

4th Street Pet Hospital offers routine and specialty surgeries, from spaying and neutering to cruciate ligament repair. Our veterinarians and highly trained staff are skilled in performing surgeries, ensuring that your pet receives the best surgical and post-operative experience possible. Continuing with our holistic approach to veterinary medicine, we focus on patient safety, pain management, and using the most up-to-date surgical procedures, putting your concerns to rest.

While our veterinarians and technicians perform surgery, this event can be stressful for a pet and owner, but our staff of compassionate and caring professionals keeps you informed before, during, and after surgery. The facilities at 4th Street Pet Hospital not only provide exceptional surgical expertise but compassionate postoperative care, managing any pain and providing rehabilitation your pet may need. We are here throughout the entire process, addressing any concerns and answering any questions you may have.

We believe that pets heal better when they are in a comfortable environment, and we strive to get your pet home as soon as possible! We will review postoperative care and medication instructions with you. Contact us at (727) 289-7190 if any problems arise or if you have any questions. We are always just a phone call away!

If your pet requires surgery, or you are a current client whose pet may require surgery, rest assured knowing that your pet will be cared for no matter how minor or complex the procedure. We treat every patient with the utmost compassion, care, and medical expertise.

No-Scalpel Surgery and Radiowave Surgery

4th Street Pet Hospital offers no-scalpel surgery and radiowave surgery. Our veterinarians will discuss with you whether the procedure your pet requires qualifies for these surgeries, as they offer distinct benefits, including:

  • Decreased post-operative pain, swelling, blood loss, and infection: Radiowave surgery seals nerve endings as it cuts, preventing infectious agents along the length of the incision while using low temperatures to prevent tissue destruction.
  • Quicker recovery: With less tissue destruction, healing is hastened and your pet can recover more quickly.
  • Safer than laser surgery: There are no safety hazards involved with radiowave technology, and radiowave surgery does not burn the tissue, unlike laser or high-temperature electrosurgery.

Laparoscopic Biopsies and Spays

Laparoscopy is the use of a small camera on the end of a flexible hose that magnifies the internal structures of the abdomen, viewable on a TV monitor throughout the examination. Laparoscopy is used in biopsies, but at 4th Street Pet Hospital, is also used to aid in common spaying.

In a laparoscopic spay, two or three small incisions are made in the abdomen, less than ½” long. With the use of the camera on the laparoscope, the ovarian ligament is carefully cut and cauterized. This reduces pain, decreases recovery time, and is less traumatic than traditional spays.

The advantages of laparoscopic spays over traditional spays include:

  • Smaller incisions are less painful and reduce recovery time.
  • Controlled cuts minimize pain and bruising.
  • Reduced surgical time and fewer complications.
  • Allows for excellent visualization of abdominal organs.
  • The entire surgery is performed through a few tiny incisions, rather than a large abdominal opening.

In large breed dogs, gastropexy (a surgical procedure to prevent bloat) can also be performed at the time of the spay.