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Pet Surgery

Dr. Faessen is performing orthopedic surgery at Vellor Village Pet Hospital

Dr. Faessen is performing orthopedic surgery at Vellor Village Pet Hospital


At Vellore Village Pet Hospital we perform ACL surgery both extracapsular Repair, and TPLO. For more information please visit

Our pet hospital is well-equipped to perform most minor and major surgical procedures, from spays and neuters to more complicated emergency, orthopedic and soft-tissue surgeries.

Surgeries performed in Vellore Village Pet Hospital:

  • Spay
  • Neuter
  • Bladder surgery
  • Intestine surgery
  • Orthopedics surgeries including:repair of cruciate ligamentpatella luxation & fracture of bone.

Prior to surgery, each pet receives a thorough physical examination to assess your pet’s current health status. Because not all pet problems can be detected on examination, we strongly recommend pre-anesthetic blood and sometimes urine testing.

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These tests not only give us a more complete picture of your pet’s health, but also allow us to tailor an anesthetic regimen that is specifically designed for your pet.

Vellore Village pet hospital is fully equipped to perform most soft-tissue and common orthopedic procedures.

Some of the orthopedic procedures that we perform include fracture repairs, joint surgery and bone biopsies.

Our doctors have years of experience successfully repairing torn anterior cruciate ligaments, the most common knee injury in dogs and cats, as well as patella (kneecap) luxations.



Vellore Village pet hospital offers a wide variety of anesthetic protocols tailored to your pet’s individual needs. We use anesthetic machines and utilize a variety of anesthetic monitoring devices including pulse oximeter, oxygen pressure monitor, and other cardiac monitoring equipment.

An intravenous (IV) catheter placed in your pet’s leg enables us to deliver fluids during the surgical procedure and recovery period. Since most anesthetic agents cause blood pressure to drop, delivering fluids enables us to maintain a safe blood pressure.

The IV catheter also allows quick access to your pet’s circulatory system, if an emergency arises and necessitates immediate delivery of life saving emergency drugs.

Pet Dentistry

pet-dentistryProper pet dental care is important in keeping your pet healthy and happy. When your pet’s teeth aren’t clean, bad breath is not the only problem that your cat or dog faces.

Periodontal disease, caused by a build-up of bacteria and plaque on your pet’s teeth and gums causes bleeding and severe inflammation of the gums, gum recession, alveolar bone loss (the bone that supports the tooth is “eaten away”) and tooth mobility.

As periodontal disease progresses, the bacteria can spread from the mouth, travel through the blood and cause damage to the heart, liver and kidneys.

Periodontal disease is not only serious, it is also more common than most pet owners realize. In fact, more than 80 percent of dogs and cats have this problem by the time they’re four years old. So, it’s easy to understand why periodontal disease is one of the most frequently diagnosed health problems in pets today.

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To help prevent periodontal disease in your pet, it’s recommended to have your pets’ teeth examined every 6 to 12 months.

Orthopaedic Surgery

OrthopedicSurgeryWe perform many types of orthopaedic (bone) surgeries in our clinic. Because we want to ensure that our patients receive the best possible outcome, we occasionally refer them to board-certified orthopaedic surgeons to perform back surgery and other very complex surgeries.

Leg fractures are the most common orthopaedic problem presented at our clinic and usually result from a mishap with an automobile. They can be treated in a variety of ways depending on the location and type of fracture. We can apply a cast to treat certain fractures; however, many fractures will require surgical intervention:

  • “Pinning” stabilizes the fracture by inserting a long stainless steel rod into the middle of the bone across the fractured area.
  • “Plating” involves attaching a flat stainless steel plate to the bone using screws on either side of the fracture.
  • “External fixation” stabilizes fractures using a series of pins on the outside of the leg that pass through the skin and into the bone on either side of the fracture.

We also perform a lot of orthopaedic surgeries related to hip dysplasia and disc disease. Please contact us if you have any questions about these procedures or if you think your pet might benefit from them.