Metropolitan Veterinary Hospital is one of the few referral hospitals in area with both on-site CT and MRI. In addition, MVH is well equipped with advanced neurosurgical instrumentation and a full electrodiagnostic suite. These technologies combined with the skill and expertise offered by Dr. Mauser (our board-certified neurologist) makes Metro a facility unparalleled in Ohio.
Ohio Veterinary Surgery and Neurology has been performing hip replacement surgery at Metropolitan Veterinary Hospital (MVH) since 2000. Since 2007, both cemented and cementless implants have been used with success.
By focusing solely on orthopedic surgery, Dr. Daye can offer arthroscopy, the most advance cruciate ligament repairs (TPLO, TTA), advanced surgical therapy of elbow and hip dysplasia (TPO, total hip replacement (cemented and cementless), sliding humeral osteotomy (SHO) for elbow arthritis, distal femoral osteotomy (DFO) for severe patellar luxations, and repair of simple to complex fractures and angular deformities. In addition, many closed/limited approach procedures can be performed using fluoroscopy.
Using the advanced technology available at MVH, Dr. Daye can diagnose and treat many shoulder, elbow, carpal, stifle, and hock conditions entirely arthroscopically. Sacroiliac luxations, coxofemoral luxations, ligament avulsions, and even spinal fractures can be treated through stab incisions using fluoroscopy, thereby minimizing patient discomfort and recuperation time.
Frequently Asked Post-Op Questions (FAQs)
Q: When will my pet have a bowel movement?
A: It is normal for your pet to have a bowel movement any time after surgery but it can be 3-5 days after surgery before a bowel movement is seen. This is due to a combination of fasting, anesthesia and medications that have been sent home with your pet. Please call our office if your pet is straining to defecate or if no bowel movement has been seen 5 days after surgery.
Q: What if my pet has diarrhea?
A: Some diarrhea can be a common side effect for some pets due to the stress of surgery and the change in their daily routine. Please call our office if the diarrhea is lasting more than 48 hours after being home or if your pet seems to be having an excessive amount of diarrhea. Occasionally there can be a small amount of bright red blood in the diarrhea if you pet has been stressed, but again, please call our office if you think it is excessive or if you are concerned.
Q: What if my pet seems to be urinating large amounts often or leaking urine while resting?
A: You pet received a lot of IV fluids while in hospital. It can take 2-3 days for those to be flushed out of their system and things to return to normal. Also, some medications used during surgery can affect your pet’s ability to urinate normally for a couple days. Offer additional short walks and additional time outside to give them the opportunity to relieve themselves more frequently. Please call our office if you pet has not urinated at all in 24 hours or if you think they are straining to urinate.
Q: What do I do if my pet won’t take their medications?
A: Bread cream cheese, peanut butter or chicken meat balls are great at hiding medications. First offer them the treat without the pill, then hide pill in the next offering and lastly offer again without the medication. Pill Pockets™, which are sold at most pet stores, are another great way to hide medication and can be used similarly to the aforementioned treats.
Some pharmacy will provide gel caps. These can be used to hide your pet’s pill in. They mask the taste and your pet may take them better in treats than just the pill itself.
If your pet still doesn’t take the medication, a pill gun or pill stick can be used to push the pill to the back of the throat. Once the medication is there, remove the pill gun or stick and close your pet’s mouth. Rub their neck until they swallow. A small amount of water can also be syringed into their mouth to help them swallow.
If you continue to have difficulty getting your pet to take their medications, please call our office.