Minimally Invasive Surgery

At Hunt Valley Animal Hospital, we have a fully-equipped pet surgery center with an experienced veterinary surgical team. We are also one of the few animal hospitals in the United States that offers such technologically advanced, minimally-invasive laparoscopic animal surgery techniques. In fact, the equipment we use is the same type used at human hospitals. Our equipment and skills make it possible for us to do the same surgeries with tiny incisions that are typically done with long incisions. We can accomplish surgery with less pain, more precision, and shorter healing times. That means your pet can feel better faster.

Our Hunt Valley animal surgery team provides laparoscopic surgery. This means that instead of making a long incision to do an abdominal pet surgery, we make two or three very small incisions of no more than a centimeter. Then we insert a tiny camera attached to a long rod into the surgical area. This camera displays a sharp, magnified image of the surgical area onto a television screen. This is an even better image than we would be able to see with our own eyes and a large, open incision.

There are several advantages to minimally invasive dog surgery and cat surgery. Because the incisions are so small, they cause less pain and heal faster. It is also easier for pet owners to keep the smaller surgical wounds clean at home than the bigger ones. This leads to fewer post-surgical complications such as infections. Laparoscopic pet surgery also disturbs fewer of your pet’s internal organs and structures to accomplish the same surgical goals. That means there are fewer complications during surgery, again, leading to faster recovery time for your pet.

We offer many types of laparoscopic animal surgery procedures, including minimally-invasive spay and neuter surgeries. For years, most spay surgeries involved removing both the ovaries and the uterus. This often came with risks such as endometritis, pyometra and urinary incontinence. Our procedure removes only the ovaries, greatly reducing the risks involved, as well as shortening the healing time. In fact, to reduce the need for more surgeries in large breed dogs later on, we can also perform a gastropexy at the same time as a spay surgery. This procedure attaches the dog’s stomach to the abdominal wall to prevent twisting that could lead to deadly intestinal blockages.

The benefits of smaller incisions and fewer disturbances to other tissues also extend to other types of surgery as well. We also use minimally-invasive techniques for soft palate surgeries that help short-nosed dogs breathe better.

Call us at (410) 527-0800 for more information about our minimally-invasive surgeries for pets.

At Hunt Valley Animal Hospital our approach to pet wellness includes a blend of modern-day veterinary techniques and ancient healing therapies. One cutting-edge technique we use in diagnosing urinary wellness is cystoscopy. This minimally-invasive procedure, which is performed under anesthesia, involves threading a thin tube which has a light and camera on the end, through your pet’s urethra and into its bladder.

Before the procedure we will perform blood tests and other analyses to gauge your pet’s ability to tolerate the anesthesia. It is generally recommended that your pet refrain from eating for at least twelve hours prior to the procedure. The cystoscopy is performed in the relaxed surroundings of our veterinary facility. Once your pet is comfortably sedated we fill the bladder with a sterile saline solution. This inflates the bladder to a point where we can insert the scope through the urethra and inspect it for any abnormalities, stones, lumps or masses.

We carefully monitor your pet’s vital signs at all stages of the procedure. A cystoscopy allows for magnification, so our veterinarian can get an in-depth picture of how well your pet’s bladder is functioning. We often take photos or video for further study. During the procedure our veterinarian may also obtain tissue samples for further evaluation or place a catheter to help the flow of urine. The total time can be about twenty minutes to an hour, depending on what we encounter.

After the cystoscopy your pet will stay at our animal hospital for a short period of observation. We may release your pet that day or the next, depending on how well your pet responds to the anesthesia. Your pet will experience minimal discomfort and should be able to resume normal activities. If you do notice any unusual symptoms be sure to contact us immediately.

Veterinary Services for Your Pet’s Urinary Health

Your pet’s ability to properly process and dispose of waste is crucial to its overall wellness. That is why our animal hospital offers cystoscopy as one of our veterinary services. This procedure allows our Hunt Valley veterinarian to look for polyps or tumors and urethral stones, as well as diagnose the cause of any urinary tract infections.

The major symptoms which may prompt us to recommend a cystoscopy are blood in your pet’s urine, straining to urinate, persistent discharge, bladder stones, and urinary incontinence. If you or our doctors notice any of these symptoms a cystoscopy may be used to aid in the diagnosis process and uncover any underlying medical abnormalities. Our doctor may also want to further examine any masses that are detected during the annual examination or through x-rays. Depending on the results our doctor may recommend medications, surgery, or possible collagen implants to help reduce the potential for urinary incontinence.

If your pet experiences urinary difficulties, turn to our professionals at Hunt Valley Animal Hospital, with over 30 years of superior client service and compassionate care for your pet.

Questions or concerns? Please don’t hesitate to contact us!


Procedures done on dogs and cats are challenging for a variety of reasons, one being that they often don’t want to be still while doctors and staff are trying to help them. There is also a level of stress that comes from being in an unfamiliar environment. Because of this, the use of anesthesia is a beneficial way to give pets the care they need.

The use of anesthesia is safe, and we are expertly trained in administering it and caring for patients that are under. We take all necessary pre-anesthetic precautions and your pet will be closely monitored throughout their experience with us by our team of experts. If you have any concerns about anesthesia for your pet, please call us today at (410) 527-0800. We would be happy to speak with you and assuage any fears you may have.

Pain Management

Pain is a terrible thing. Hunt Valley Animal Hospital wants to alleviate as much pain and discomfort in our patients as possible. In an effort to bring you the highest quality care, we are dedicated to providing top notch pain management.

When our pets are in pain, so are we. It’s an awful feeling to know that your special friend is hurting, especially when there isn’t anything you can do to help them. It is our goal to eliminate as much pain as possible to give these pets a better quality of life.

We also anticipate and plan for procedures with the potential for any possible future pain. We work with pet owners to educate them on how to recognize signs of pain in your pet.

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