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Surgical procedures

Here at Clent Hills Vets we perform a wide range of surgical procedures. We also have a UK-wide network of specialists we can refer pets to when needed.

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Why would a dog need corrective or ‘plastic’ surgery?

When you hear the words ‘plastic surgery’, you probably think about breast implants, facelifts and tummy tucks to alter a person’s appearance.

When a dog undergoes a plastic surgery type procedure, it has nothing to do with appearance or vanity, it’s necessary to improve that dog’s quality of life.

Some dogs develop conditions that are typically a result of their breed characteristics. Plastic surgery-style procedures are often used to correct these conditions and alleviate your pet’s suffering. Clent Hills Vets can refer your pet to a number of clinics around the country should they need more specialist treatment than is available at our practices.

Typical conditions that can be treated with corrective surgery

Nose job (nasal wedge resection)

Pugs, french bulldogs, bulldogs, boxers…

Animals with flat faces and small airways can be prone to severe breathing difficulties which result in excess flatulence, snoring, passing out from lack of oxygen and other health issues. This can be very distressing for the dog and most certainly they will have a poor quality of life. Our team can perform a nasal wedge resection (nose job) and a soft tissue resection to open up the airways and allow the dog to breathe more easily. In some dogs where the case is more severe, a tracheostomy may be necessary, where a permanent hole is created in the dog’s windpipe so that more air can be breathed in.

Skin tuck

Chow chows, shar pei, spaniel breeds, basset hounds, pugs, bulldogs…

Animals with excessive skin folds around their face and/or body can suffer from repeated infections and discomfort, which can be alleviated by removing or pulling back some of the excessive skin. The skin is then stapled in place and allowed to heal. Healing time can differ from dog to dog, however, once the staples are removed, the dog is able to lead a happy and healthy life. This procedure will most likely alter the dog’s appearance, however we feel that quality of life is most important.

Eyelid reshape

Chow chows, spaniel breeds, basset hounds…

Some dogs develop a condition called entropion, where the excess skin around the face is so heavy that it pushes the skin forwards / downwards and causes the dog’s eyelids to fold inwards. The eyelashes start to irritate the dog’s eye and growing inwards. Entropion can also be caused if the dog has exceptionally droopy lower lids that pull the upper lid over the eye itself. Entropion can impair vision and cause severe discomfort to the dog. It can also lead to blindness if left untreated. By removing sections around the eyelid, the condition can be corrected, enabling the dog to lead a happy life again. 

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