Medical & Surgical

Caring for pocket pets can be complicated, both by the pet’s small size but also by the fact that they often hide their illnesses. This means that a sick exotic pet is often much more critical than we can see. For surgical procedures we reduce stress and provide the best pain management options for them to help ease recovery.

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Ferrets

Soft Tissue Mass/Tumor Removals

A tumor (or mass) is an abnormal growth of tissue which can be either benign (a localized growth that does not tend to act aggressively and tends to not spread to other areas) or malignant (a cancerous growth with the potential to spread to other areas of the body). Due to the potential of any abnormal growth to be cancerous it is often recommended to surgically remove the growth if it is growing rapidly in size, changing shape or color, in an area of high motion that could affect the pet’s ability to move comfortably, causing pain or irritation to the pet, or bothering the owner.

Abdominal Exploratory Surgery

An abdominal exploratory surgery refers to a surgery into the abdomen to look for what may be causing problems noted with a pet. While performing an exploratory surgery biopsies, or samples of organs, may be taken for further testing to help diagnose a specific problem. Other things that may be found during an exploratory surgery include foreign bodies in the intestines or stomach and tumors such as splenic, liver, or adrenal gland masses.

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Guinea Pigs

Soft Tissue Mass/Tumor Removals

A tumor (or mass) is an abnormal growth of tissue which can be either benign (a localized growth that does not tend to act aggressively and tends to not spread to other areas) or malignant (a cancerous growth with the potential to spread to other areas of the body). Due to the potential of any abnormal growth to be cancerous it is often recommended to surgically remove the growth if it is growing rapidly in size, changing shape or color, in an area of high motion that could affect the pet’s ability to move comfortably, causing pain or irritation to the pet, or bothering the owner.

Spaying and Neutering

An ovariohysterectomy is commonly referred to as a spay surgery. During a spay surgery the ovaries and uterine body are surgically removed.  Spay surgeries are frequently done for many reasons including to prevent unwanted litters/mating and to reduce the risk of certain hormone associated cancers such as ovarian/uterine/mammary (breast) cancer.

A neuter is a surgery in which the testicles are removed.  Neuters are frequently done for many reasons including to prevent unwanted breeding, reduce the risk of certain hormone associated cancers such as testicular cancer, and decrease hormone associated marking or aggression behaviors.

Dental Procedures

A guinea pig’s teeth are “open rooted” and grow continuously and thus may become overgrown or abscessed.  It may be necessary to trim overgrown teeth, or perform dental extractions (removing a tooth) for recurring abscesses.  Signs that your pet may be having problems with their teeth include visibly overgrown teeth, difficulty eating or a decreased interest in favorite foods, weight loss, drooling, or swelling around the mouth or face.

Abdominal Exploratory Surgery

An abdominal exploratory surgery refers to a surgery into the abdomen to look for what may be causing problems noted with a pet.  While performing an exploratory surgery biopsies, or samples of organs, may be taken for further testing to help diagnose a specific problem.  Other things that may be found during an exploratory surgery include foreign bodies in the intestines or stomach and tumors such as splenic or liver masses.

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Hamsters & Gerbils

Soft Tissue Mass/Tumor Removals

A tumor (or mass) is an abnormal growth of tissue which can be either benign (a localized growth that does not tend to act aggressively and tends to not spread to other areas) or malignant (a cancerous growth with the potential to spread to other areas of the body). Due to the potential of any abnormal growth to be cancerous it is often recommended to surgically remove the growth if it is growing rapidly in size, changing shape or color, in an area of high motion that could affect the pet’s ability to move comfortably, causing pain or irritation to the pet, or bothering the owner.

Spaying and Neutering

An ovariohysterectomy is commonly referred to as a spay surgery. During a spay surgery the ovaries and uterine body are surgically removed.  Spay surgeries are frequently done for many reasons including to prevent unwanted litters/mating and to reduce the risk of certain hormone associated cancers such as ovarian/uterine/mammary (breast) cancer.

A neuter is a surgery in which the testicles are removed. Neuters are frequently done for many reasons including to prevent unwanted breeding, reduce the risk of certain hormone associated cancers such as testicular cancer, and decrease hormone associated marking or aggression behaviors.

Dental Procedures

Hamsters and Gerbils have continuously growing incisors (front teeth) and are prone to overgrowth especially if not provided with things to chew on.  If the incisor teeth become overgrown trimming of those teeth may be needed to allow your pet to eat more comfortably.  Signs that your pet may be having problems with their teeth include visibly overgrown teeth, difficulty eating or a decreased interest in favorite foods, weight loss, drooling, or swelling around the mouth or face.

Abdominal Exploratory Surgery

An abdominal exploratory surgery refers to a surgery into the abdomen to look for what may be causing problems noted with a pet. While performing an exploratory surgery biopsies, or samples of organs, may be taken for further testing to help diagnose a specific problem. Other things that may be found during an exploratory surgery include foreign bodies in the intestines or stomach and tumors such as splenic or liver masses.

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Mice & Rats

Soft Tissue Mass/Tumor Removals

A tumor (or mass) is an abnormal growth of tissue which can be either benign (a localized growth that does not tend to act aggressively and tends to not spread to other areas) or malignant (a cancerous growth with the potential to spread to other areas of the body). Due to the potential of any abnormal growth to be cancerous it is often recommended to surgically remove the growth if it is growing rapidly in size, changing shape or color, in an area of high motion that could affect the pet’s ability to move comfortably, causing pain or irritation to the pet, or bothering the owner.

Spaying and Neutering

An ovariohysterectomy is commonly referred to as a spay surgery. During a spay surgery the ovaries and uterine body are surgically removed. Spay surgeries are frequently done for many reasons including to prevent unwanted litters/mating and to reduce the risk of certain hormone associated cancers such as ovarian/uterine/mammary (breast) cancer.

A neuter is a surgery in which the testicles are removed.  Neuters are frequently done for many reasons including to prevent unwanted breeding, reduce the risk of certain hormone associated cancers such as testicular cancer, and decrease hormone associated marking or aggression behaviors.

Dental Procedures

Mice and rats have continuously growing incisors (front teeth) and are prone to overgrowth especially if not provided with things to chew on. If the incisor teeth become overgrown trimming of those teeth may be needed to allow your pet to eat more comfortably. Signs that your pet may be having problems with their teeth include visibly overgrown teeth, difficulty eating or a decreased interest in favorite foods, weight loss, drooling, or swelling around the mouth or face.

Abdominal Exploratory Surgery

An abdominal exploratory surgery refers to a surgery into the abdomen to look for what may be causing problems noted with a pet. While performing an exploratory surgery biopsies, or samples of organs, may be taken for further testing to help diagnose a specific problem. Other things that may be found during an exploratory surgery include foreign bodies in the intestines or stomach and tumors such as splenic or liver masses.

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Rabbits

Soft Tissue Mass/Tumor Removals

A tumor (or mass) is an abnormal growth of tissue which can be either benign (a localized growth that does not tend to act aggressively and tends to not spread to other areas) or malignant (a cancerous growth with the potential to spread to other areas of the body). Due to the potential of any abnormal growth to be cancerous it is often recommended to surgically remove the growth if it is growing rapidly in size, changing shape or color, in an area of high motion that could affect the pet’s ability to move comfortably, causing pain or irritation to the pet, or bothering the owner.

Spaying and Neutering

An ovariohysterectomy is commonly referred to as a spay surgery.  During a spay surgery the ovaries and uterine body are surgically removed.  Spay surgeries are frequently done for many reasons including to prevent unwanted litters/mating and to reduce the risk of certain hormone associated cancers such as ovarian/uterine/mammary (breast) cancer.

A neuter is a surgery in which the testicles are removed. Neuters are frequently done for many reasons including to prevent unwanted breeding, reduce the risk of certain hormone associated cancers such as testicular cancer, and decrease hormone associated marking or aggression behaviors.

Dental Procedures

A rabbit’s teeth are “open rooted” and grow continuously and thus may become overgrown or abscessed. It may be necessary to trim overgrown teeth, or perform dental extractions (removing a tooth) for recurring abscesses. Signs that your pet may be having problems with their teeth include visibly overgrown teeth, difficulty eating or a decreased interest in favorite foods, weight loss, drooling, or swelling around the mouth or face.

pot belly bath

Pot-Belly & Mini Pigs

Spaying or Neutering

An ovariohysterectomy is commonly referred to as a spay surgery. During a spay surgery the ovaries and uterine body are surgically removed. Spay surgeries are frequently done for many reasons including to prevent unwanted litters/mating and to reduce the risk of certain hormone associated cancers such as ovarian/uterine/mammary (breast) cancer.

A neuter is a surgery in which the testicles are removed. Neuters are frequently done for many reasons including to prevent unwanted breeding, reduce the risk of certain hormone associated cancers such as testicular cancer, and decrease hormone associated marking or aggression behaviors.

Entropion (eyelid) Surgery

Entropion refers to an inward rolling of the eyelid or portion of the eyelid. This causes hair and eyelashes to rub on the eye causing irritation and can potentially lead to ulcers on the eye (scratches or wounds to the corneal surface of the eye). Surgical correction involves removing excessive skin near the affected eyelid to allow the eyelid to be reshaped and pulled away from the eye.

Soft Tissue Mass/Tumor Removals

A tumor (or mass) is an abnormal growth of tissue which can be either benign (a localized growth that does not tend to act aggressively and tends to not spread to other areas) or malignant (a cancerous growth with the potential to spread to other areas of the body). Due to the potential of any abnormal growth to be cancerous it is often recommended to surgically remove the growth if it is growing rapidly in size, changing shape or color, in an area of high motion that could affect the pet’s ability to move comfortably, causing pain or irritation to the pet, or bothering the owner.

What People
Have Said

"Since CAC has become my primary veterinary clinic I have introduced many friends, clients and my sisters to the clinic, both of which have told me how grateful they are to have "found" a clinic with such progressive and highly qualified doctors. The quality of the support staff that helps keep things moving smoothly is also important. The first impression you get of any clinic comes from the reception staff; at CAC you are always met with a smile and a big HELLO! The welcoming atmosphere, the mere presence of the building, the modern technology, the progressive thinking, the compassion shown to the humans and animals are all things I love about CAC but it truly is the people inside the building that keep me coming back! THANK YOU CAC for making an impression on my life and on the lives of my boys!"
- Silvia G., Appleton