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Surgical Services

Healing Paws Veterinary Clinic of Ankeny strives to take the very best care of each and every pet we see. Leaving your pet for surgery, whether routine or advanced, can be worrisome and stressful for both you and your furry friend. That is why you can count on Dr. Rauser and his staff to provide comforting, compassionate, quality care throughout your pet’s stay.

Spays

An ovarohysterectomy is performed to prevent unwanted pregnancies in our female pets. As well as reduce the chance of mammary and ovarian cancer. A spay is ideally performed when a pet is between 5-7 months of age but can be performed in older pets as well. Your pet should be able to go home the same day. Please follow the feline at home care instructions or the canine at home care instructions.

Neuters

A castration is performed to prevent unwanted pregnancies in our pets. As well as reduce risk of testicular cancer. A neuter is ideally performed when a pet is between 5-7 months of age but can be performed in older pets as well. Your pet should be able to go home the same day. Please follow the feline at home care instructions or the canine at home care instructions.

Soft Tissue

Masses should be checked and evaluated for removal. If they change rapidly or have certain characteristics under the microscope they should be removed. A pathologist at a outside reference laboratory can help determine if the mass is cancerous and if the tumor was completely removed. There are many other soft tissue surgeries that Dr. Rauser has performed they include: subtotal colectomy, enterotomy, gastrotomy, splenectomy, cystotomy, chelioplasty, episioplasty, and many other procedures.

Declaw

We understand that unwanted scratching can weaken the human animal bond. That is why we offer front paw declawing at Healing Paws Veterinary Clinic. Declawing involves complete amputation of the last “knuckle” of the front paws. We take extra steps to insure as little discomfort as possible is felt by the patient. We use both local and systemic pain relief to alleviate the discomfort. Patients stay with us for two days post surgery to receive extra care and comfort post surgery. At Healing Paws Veterinary Clinic we use the scalpel blade dissection technique for declawing to ensure the entire claw is removed and no re-growth of the claw occurs. The ideal patient is less than 6 months old. If you are interested in the declaw procedure we recommend only removing the front claws. Leaving the rear claws allows for self-defense, escape up trees, and is not as hard on them as four paw declawing after surgery. There are special at home care procedures that need to be followed. Please follow the at home declaw care instructions.

Emergency

Sometimes life saving surgeries need to be performed on an emergency basis.  Time is often crucial when these procedures are performed. We will do our best to perform theses life saving procedures. Gastric Dilitation Volvulous (GDV) or twisted stomach can occur and if not corrected quickly will be fatal. Signs of a GDV include rapid abdominal distension, vomiting, recumbency, lethargy, and pale gums. Trauma is also a common emergency. Hit by car is the number one reason dogs come in for trauma related injuries. Surgery and supportive care are often times required.

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Very caring and thorough! Rauser and his staff take the proper time with our dog and went the extra mile to ensure her health and wellness.

Ryan Sullivan

Great veterinarian. Friendly and helpful.

Jenni Sansgaard

Best vet in the area.

Jessica Van Winkle