- We are a proud member of the American Animal Hospital Association and adhere to the highest standards of care
- Dr. Susan barrett is hospital director and specializes in cosmetic ear trimming for show dogs & family pets & feline declawing with state of the art pain management
- In addition we offer a group of specialists who practice from our hospital
- Feline declaws: $550
- We have three board certified surgeons for major surgeries
- Board certified surgeons --soft tissue surgery, fractures, dislocations
- Board certified radiologists--abdomen, soft tissue, chest
- Board Certified Cardiologist & Surgeons: $125
COSMETIC EAR SURGERY OR “TRIMMING”
Dr. Susan Barrett is an expert in cosmetic surgery for dogs and cats with over 35 years experience. She has a perfect anesthesia safety record with over 20,000 surgeries performed in her career. Cosmetic surgery is an elective procedure and the surgeon should be experienced in anesthesia and surgery for the safety of your pet. She also provides state of the art pain management for all procedures.
Dr. Barrett is well known for cosmetic ear surgery or “trimming” for show dogs for 38 years and also performs the surgery for family pets when the owner wants the standard breed look such as Great Danes, Dobermans, and the American Staffordshire Terrier.
Dr. Barrett is an expert in all breeds of dogs who have their ears altered for a certain look or function, including Cane Corso, Presa Canario, Dobermans, Danes, Schnauzers, Minature Pincher, American Staffordshire Terriers sometimes known as Pit Bull, and the Argentino Dogo.
Cosmetic Ear Surgery is typically done at 12-14 weeks of age, however, it depends on the breed and the length of a puppy’s ears which can vary. Her primary concern is the safety and health of the dog before any cosmetic procedure is done. All puppies must have at least 2 vaccines and 2 dewormings by another vet or our hospital. Dobermans require a screening test for clotting as this breed has a hereditary clotting condition called von Willebrand Disease. Ears can still be done but a blood product with this factor must be ordered and given during the surgery if there is a clotting deficiency. Cost is based on weight of the dog. If the dog fails the screen, the blood is sent to Cornell University for a formal test.
Surgery for Schnauzers, Minature Pinchers, and American Staffordshire Terriers or “Pit Bulls” (under 35 pounds) includes surgery, anesthesia, screening blood panel, IV catheter and monitoring the patient during surgery with an EKC, temp/blood oxygen/heart rate/blood pressure monitor and a licensed, experienced surgical nurse who constantly monitors the patient, the hospital stay and pain control throughout the day, to go home pain control for a week, and wraps every 2 to 3 days until the ears stand.
Surgery for Dobermans, Great Danes, Cane Corso and all other breeds includes the same as listed above including the ears wrapped every 2 to 3 days until they stand which can be 5 to 12 months in some cases In our hands 5 percent of dogs will not stand one or sometimes both ears due to weak ear cartilage, defective ear cartilage, a soft temperament, or if the client does not come in for wraps as we recommend. We do our very best to try and get the ears to stand, but the dog has to want to stand them also and clients have to do exercises and be with the dog to get them to stand too. It is a team effort from all 3 of us.
Post operative problems are rare but can occur such as the ears get infected and need antibiotics, the sutures come out from the dog scratching (an e collar is sent home for use when not supervised) and we have to resuture them, and sometimes a dog needs extra pain medication, post op ear infection from cotton in the ear and the wrapping. These medications are extra. All patients are given Promotion supplement long term to help promote healing and strong ear cartilage. This is made for dogs with omega FA, glucosamine, Vitamin C, zinc and manganese
Dr. Barrett is an expert in feline declawing and her class of 1980 was the first to be taught the new surgical method of declawing cats. As a veterinary student she was determined to master this new
Surgery as her own Siamese cat at the time had the claws removed with the old method of using the guillotine nail clippers and crushing the nail and last digit. This causes extreme pain and suffering and it often results in removal of a portion of the pad causing scarring and pain that can last for years. Her own cat had it done and had severely scarred pads and excess bleeding and never walked the same and she was horrified.
The new technique should be done by someone very experienced also. It involves making a small incision with tiny scalpel (laser can be used but is more painful) over the membrane at the nail bed. She uses a special instrument which clamps on the nail and pulls open the joint and it protects the pad.
Once an incision has been made she carefully dissects the entire last digit and nail out. There is only a small opening and she uses tissue adhesive to close the opening or places one suture for older cats. She puts a drop of a local anesthesia into the opening to keep the area numb for a while and the cat has pain medication on board prior to the surgery and post op until the pain patch becomes effective. The feet are wrapped in padded bandages and the cat is kept overnight. A pain patch is used post op for 4 days as well as a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory.
The bandage comes off the next day and the pads are not touched and in most cases the cats are walking as if nothing was done. The sutures stay in and fall out eventually or we can remove them. There is no post op lameness or trauma. This state of the art declaw surgery is $550 and includes blood screening, anesthesia, surgery, bandage, IV catheter, monitoring of the patient with surgical nurse and pain meds.
Using the nail clipper method, the nail bed is often left in and the nail can eventually start to regrow and small horn like nails protrude and cause pain. Dr. Barrett has had to surgically remove regrowing nails inside the skin on all digits numerous times that were done by this method from other veterinarians.
Other cosmetic surgeries Dr. Barrett has performed are for enrolling of the eyelids called entropion. This can happen in both dogs or cats and is hereditary.