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Veterinary Specialty Hospital - North County

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Our skilled surgical teams, including board certified surgeons and highly trained veterinary technicians, make us a great choice for your pet’s veterinary surgery.

Our dedicated surgical teams, including board certified surgeons and highly trained veterinary technicians, along with leading technologies and commitment to healing, make VSH – North County a great choice for your pet’s veterinary surgery. Your veterinarian may recommend a consultation for a variety of orthopedic concerns such as complex fractures, hip or knee issues, ligament injuries, or intervertebral disc problems (neck, back, lumbar). In addition, our surgeons are skilled in all areas of advanced soft tissue and oncologic surgery. Many of the more complex procedures may involve the major organs (liver, lungs, kidneys, spleen, urinary system) and tumor removal. Whenever possible, minimally invasive techniques such as arthroscopic joint surgery and laparoscopic procedures are used. Whatever the need, Ethos’ board certified surgeons have the expertise to successfully handle your pet’s veterinary surgery.

Every surgery suite is fully equipped with the latest surgical monitoring and anesthetic equipment.

Our veterinary surgery services and procedures include:

  • Cesarean Section (C-Section)

    • Neurologic Surgery

      • Spine fractures

      • Disc ruptures

    • Oncologic Surgery

      • Removal of tumors

    • Orthopedic Surgery

      • Fracture repair

      • TPLO

      • Sports Medicine

  • Plastic, reconstructive surgery and advanced wound care

  • Soft Tissue Surgery

    • Abdominal

    • Thoracic

    • Cardiovascular

    • Reproductive

    • Urinary

  • Minimally Invasive Surgery:A major surgical procedure can set back your pets for weeks — or even months — a massive time period for dogs and cats. More than ever, advanced minimally invasive surgery means that they can get the treatment they need with faster recovery times and significantly less pain.

    • Laparoscopy: Laparoscopic surgery is a specialized technique, using one or more small (pencil sized) incisions and a high-definition 4k resolution camera to perform the procedure. The advantages include improved visualization, less pain and bleeding, lower risk of infection, and a shorter hospital stay. Our board-certified surgeons specialize in several advanced, minimally invasive procedures, including:

      • Ovariohysterectomy or ovariectomy

      • Cryptorchidectomy (retained testicle) or vasectomy

      • Total laparoscopic gastropexy

      • Gallbladder removal (laparoscopic cholecystectomy)

      • Biopsies (liver, intestines, kidney, pancreas)

      • Bladder stone removal (percutaneous cystolithotomy)

      • Adrenal tumors (adrenalectomy)

      • Kidney tumors (nephrectomy)

      • Hernia surgery

    • Thoracoscopy:

      • Lung tumors (thoracoscopic lung lobectomy)

      • Heart tumors (pericardectomy, auriculectomy)

      • Surgery for chylothorax (thoracic duct ligation)

Optimized Care

At our North County hospital in San Marcos, we have the ability to perform near infrared fluorescence imaging during surgery. This technology allows the ability to differentiate cancerous tissues from normal tissue, visualize blood vessels and lymphatic vessels, and highlight anatomic structure that cannot be seen under normal light.

Veterinary Specialty Hospital – North County veterinary specialists have an integrated, team approach that puts the patient’s (and client’s) care first. When faced with a health setback, we all want the best for our pets. That is why we’re dedicated to elevating the standard of veterinary care — so you can feel more informed and your pet can experience faster recovery and more time doing what they love!

Our surgical facility is operational 24-hours a day. During surgery your pet is monitored at all times using both modern equipment and experienced human observation. Your pet’s recovery from anesthesia and post-surgical treatment is managed and monitored by our experienced team of veterinarians and veterinary technicians 24-hours per day. Warm cages, heating pads, and human companionship help make your pet comfortable during his or her time at our hospital.

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