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Exploratory Laparotomy Procedure for Pets Claymont DE

Three critical steps of an exploratory laparotomy include the amount of hair clipped, the length of the incision and how systematic you are. Read on and know more.

Graylyn Crest Animal Hospital
(302) 319-9745
2006 Marsh Road
Wilmington, DE
Hours
Monday 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Tuesday 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Thursday 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Saturday 8:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Sunday Closed
Services
Bird Vet, Declawing, Exotic Animal Vet, Reptile Vet, Small Animal Vet, Spaying/Neutering, Veterinarians, Veterinary Dentistry, Veterinary Euthanasia, Veterinary Surgery

Providence Veterinary Hospital
(484) 540-5647
2400 Providence ave
Chester, PA
Hours
Monday 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday Closed
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Animal Boarding, Animal Flea Control, Animal Grooming, Animal Microchipping, Declawing, Exotic Animal Vet, Small Animal Vet, Spaying/Neutering, Veterinarians, Veterinary Dentistry, Veterinary Docking, Veterinary Euthanasia, Veterinary Surgery, Veterinary Vaccinations

Animal Wellness Center
(484) 841-2904
286 Wilmington West Chester Pike
Chadds Ford, PA
Hours
Monday Closed
Tuesday 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday 8:30 AM - 8:00 PM
Thursday 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Sunday Closed
Services
Animal Flea Control, Animal Microchipping, Bird Vet, Declawing, Exotic Animal Vet, Holistic Veterinary Medicine, Reptile Vet, Small Animal Vet, Spaying/Neutering, Veterinarians, Veterinary Dentistry, Veterinary Docking, Veterinary Euthanasia, Veterinary Medical Specialties, Veterinary Surgery

Aston Veterinary Hospital
(484) 462-4675
5200 Pennell Rd
Media, PA
Hours
Monday 8:00 AM - 8:30 PM
Tuesday 8:00 AM - 8:30 PM
Wednesday 8:00 AM - 8:30 PM
Thursday 8:00 AM - 8:30 PM
Friday 8:00 AM - 8:30 PM
Saturday 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Sunday 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Services
Animal Boarding, Animal Flea Control, Animal Microchipping, Declawing, Small Animal Vet, Spaying/Neutering, Veterinarians, Veterinary Dentistry, Veterinary Euthanasia, Veterinary Medical Specialties, Veterinary Surgery, Veterinary Vaccinations

Windcrest Animal Hospital
(302) 319-9660
3705 Lancaster Pike
Wilmington, DE
Hours
Monday 7:30 AM - 8:30 PM
Tuesday 7:30 AM - 8:30 PM
Wednesday 7:30 AM - 8:30 PM
Thursday 7:30 AM - 8:30 PM
Friday 7:30 AM - 8:30 AM
Saturday 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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24-Hour Vet, Animal Boarding, Animal Daycare, Animal Flea Control, Animal Grooming, Animal Microchipping, Bird Vet, Declawing, Emergency Veterinary Clinic, Exotic Animal Vet, Holistic Veterinary Medicine, Reptile Vet, Small Animal Vet, Spaying/Neutering, Veterinarians, Veterinary Dentistry, Veterinary Docking, Veterinary Euthanasia, Veterinary House Calls, Veterinary Medical Specialties, Veterinary Surgery

Talleyville Veterinary Hospital
(302) 319-9940
3001 Concord Pike
Wilmington, DE
Hours
Monday 7:30 AM - 8:30 PM
Tuesday 7:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday 7:30 AM - 8:30 PM
Thursday 7:30 AM - 8:30 PM
Friday 7:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday 7:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Sunday Closed
Services
Animal Boarding, Animal Daycare, Animal Flea Control, Animal Grooming, Animal Microchipping, Declawing, Holistic Veterinary Medicine, Small Animal Vet, Spaying/Neutering, Veterinarians, Veterinary Dentistry, Veterinary Docking, Veterinary Euthanasia, Veterinary Medical Specialties, Veterinary Surgery

Media Veterinary Hospital
(484) 254-4146
695 S. Ridley Creek Road
Media, PA
Hours
Monday 9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Tuesday 9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday 9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Thursday 9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday 9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Saturday 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Sunday 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Services
Animal Microchipping, Small Animal Vet, Veterinarians, Veterinary Dentistry, Veterinary Euthanasia, Veterinary Surgery, Veterinary Vaccinations

Centerville Veterinary Hospital
(302) 464-5300
5804 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE
Hours
Monday 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Tuesday 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Thursday 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Sunday Closed
Services
Animal Boarding, Animal Daycare, Animal Flea Control, Animal Grooming, Animal Microchipping, Declawing, Holistic Veterinary Medicine, Small Animal Vet, Spaying/Neutering, Veterinarians, Veterinary Dentistry, Veterinary Docking, Veterinary Euthanasia, Veterinary Medical Specialties, Veterinary Surgery

Circle Veterinary Clinic
(302) 415-3729
1212 East Newport Pike
Wilmington , DE
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Monday 9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Tuesday 9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday 9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Thursday 9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Sunday 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Services
Animal Boarding, Animal Flea Control, Animal Microchipping, Declawing, Small Animal Vet, Spaying/Neutering, Veterinarians, Veterinary Dentistry, Veterinary Euthanasia, Veterinary Surgery, Veterinary Vaccinations

Chesterpike Animal Hospital
(484) 712-0149
304 N Chester Pike
Glenolden, PA
Hours
Monday 9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Tuesday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday 9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Thursday 9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Sunday Closed
Services
Animal Flea Control, Animal Microchipping, Declawing, Small Animal Vet, Spaying/Neutering, Veterinarians, Veterinary Dentistry, Veterinary Euthanasia, Veterinary House Calls, Veterinary Surgery, Veterinary Vaccinations

Secrets of a Successful Exploratory Laparotomy

Classic plication of the jejunum in a 3-year-old cat who ate a linear foreign body.
A great modern philosopher (her name is Patty Khuly, VMD) wrote about her concerns when dealing with some laparotomy cases ( "Surgery Peek and Shriek: My Worse Nightmare," November 2007). Some procedures are technical or specialized, but with any laparotomy, there are a few secrets worth sharing.

Three critical steps of an exploratory laparotomy include the amount of hair clipped, the length of the incision and how systematic you are.
 
The surgical site must be clipped adequately to allow a sufficient skin incision. This means that hair is generously clipped from cranial to the xiphoid region to the pubis. Laterally, the area extends to the inguinal folds.

Very few clients will object to that once they understand it is in the pet’s best interest— and that incisions heal side to side, not end to end. Therefore, a 10-inch incision heals at the same rate as a one-inch incision.

A celiotomy starts with a ventral midline skin incision, which must be long enough to access and visualize every abdominal organ from the liver to the bladder. In cats and female dogs, an incision from the xiphoid process to the pubis is recommended. This is one of the few cases where saying “Big surgeons make big incisions” is OK. 
 
After dissecting the subcutaneous tissue, the linea alba is tented and incised carefully with a scalpel blade. The dorsal aspect of the linea is palpated, cra...

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