Surgery - Specialty Vet Services

LeadER Animal Specialty Hospital’s surgical service is dedicated to providing your pet with the best surgical care possible. Our highly trained and competent staff is committed to enhancing the quality of life for our patients and strengthening the human-animal bond by providing excellent surgical care, vigilant anesthetic monitoring, and comprehensive pain prevention and management. Our team specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of surgical diseases in dogs and cats. Our surgeons work closely with the other specialists to ensure efficiency and a case continuity.

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When patients and their families come to us, we understand the emotions and concerns involved in a visit to our office. Our patients’ families receive an accurate assessment of their pets’ medical condition. Because we cannot predict what the future will hold, it is even more important that we provide honest evaluations regarding the anticipated success of operations, as well as the pet’s long-term prognosis. For our patients and their families we offer the highest quality surgical care possible. We focus on your pet’s comfort and offer honest and open communication with you and your primary veterinarian.

LeadER has five surgical suites and is well equipped to perform a variety of orthopedic, soft-tissue, oncologic, neurosurgical, and minimally invasive surgeries.

Among the procedures offered at LeadER are:


From common injuries like cranial cruciate ligament ruptures to the most complicated multiple-limb fractures, our board certified surgeon is highly trained and well-equipped to care for your injured pet.

Some of the most common orthopedic procedures are:

  • Arthroscopy
  • Elbow dysplasia
  • Hip luxation
  • Medial patella luxation
  • Radius and ulna fractures
  • Triple pelvic osteotomy
  • Tibial plateau leveling osteotomy
  • Total hip replacement
  • Portosystemic shunts
  • External fixation/hybrid fixators for fractures

Soft Tissue Surgery

Our animal hospital routinely performs a wide range of soft tissue procedures, including thoracic and abdominal surgeries.

Some of the common soft tissue surgeries performed are:

  • Laparoscopy
  • Thoracoscopy
  • Arthroscopy
  • Laryngeal paralysis
  • Minimally invasive procedures
  • Perineal hernias
  • Total ear canal ablations
  • Foreign body removal
  • Gastric dilation volvulus surgery
  • Intestinal surgery



Vertebral fracture repair

Fractures or luxations of the spinal vertebrae can occur secondary to trauma (automobile accidents, falls, and blunt trauma), bites, and gunshots. Compression and trauma to the spinal cord are often present, and surgery is required to stabilize the spine as well as decompress the spinal cord.



Thoracolumbar sacral disk depression

ntervertebral disk disease is a common spinal cord disease in dogs that can cause pain, inability to feel the back legs, or difficulty walking. Signs of thoracolumbar intervertebral disk disease include back pain, inability to stand, pelvic limb ataxia (walking wobbly), inability to move their rear legs, or even their inability to feel their back legs. Your pet’s prognosis depends on the severity of signs and therapy chosen. Surgery often offers the best chances for your pet’s long-term success.


Anesthesia & Recovery

LeadER in Cooper City makes safe, predictable anesthesia and comfortable recovery from surgery top priorities.

To optimize anesthetic safety, we use:

  • Well-trained and proficient technical personnel
  • End tidal carbon-dioxide sensors
  • Oxygen saturation monitoring
  • A variety of sensitive cardiopulmonary monitoring devices
  • Continuous electrocardiography
  • Apnea monitors
  • Continuous temperature and blood pressure monitoring

At LeadER, we make certain our patients are always comfortable from the moment they are admitted to our specialty hospital in Cooper City until they are discharged. Even after your pet is discharged from our animal hospital, we understand that it is essential each of our patients go home with an appropriate pain management plan.

To minimize your pet’s post-operative pain, we use

  • Minimally invasive surgical techniques whenever possible
  • Arthroscopy for joint disorders
  • Laparoscopy for diagnosis and treatment of abdominal organ disease
  • Thoracoscopy for diagnosis of chest, lung and heart disease
  • Epidural administration of local anesthetics and narcotic agents
  • Local and regional anesthetic blocks
  • Intravenous and intramuscular narcotic pain relievers
  • CRI (Constant Rate Infusion)
  • Oral pain relievers to be given at home

Our surgeons at LeadER in Cooper City work closely with the other specialists to ensure efficiency and case continuity. The emergency surgeons at LeadER  are well supported by in-house radiology services including intraoperative radiology, fluoroscopy, ultrasound and CT scan.