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Exploratory Laparotomy Procedure for Pets Whitewater WI

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.

Creature Comforts Veterinary Service
(920) 395-5708
601 Madison Ave
Ft Atkinson, WI
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Monday 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday 8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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Animal Grooming, Animal Microchipping, Bird Vet, Exotic Animal Vet, Reptile Vet, Small Animal Vet, Spaying/Neutering, Veterinarians, Veterinary Dentistry, Veterinary Euthanasia, Veterinary House Calls, Veterinary Surgery, Veterinary Vaccinations

Delavan Lakes Veterinary Clinic, S.C.
(262) 427-6649
1107 Ann St
Delavan, WI
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Monday 7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday 7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday 7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday 7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
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Animal Boarding, Animal Daycare, Animal Flea Control, Animal Grooming, Animal Microchipping, Bird Vet, Declawing, Emergency Veterinary Clinic, Exotic Animal Vet, Holistic Veterinary Medicine, Small Animal Vet, Spaying/Neutering, Veterinarians, Veterinary Dentistry, Veterinary Docking, Veterinary Euthanasia, Veterinary House Calls, Veterinary Medical Specialties, Veterinary Surgery, Veterinary Vaccinations

Brightside Pet Clinic
(920) 563-2307
N1799 County Road K
Fort Atkinson, WI

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Delavan Animal Clinic Inc
(262) 728-3303
W7702 State Rd 11
Delavan, WI

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Mayer, Beth, Dvm - Bark River Animal Hospital
(262) 965-4888
281 N Main St
Dousman, WI

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Elkhorn Veterinary Clinic
(262) 729-3731
205 East O'Connor Drive
Elkhorn, WI
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Monday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday 8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday 8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Sunday Closed
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Whitewater Veterinary Hospital SC
(262) 473-2930
527 S Janesville St
Whitewater, WI

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Koenig, Joel C, Dvm - Animal Clinic Of Fort Atkinson
(920) 563-7070
1555 Madison Ave
Fort Atkinson, WI

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Mt Zion Small Animal Clinic
(608) 756-3678
3513 Mount Zion Ave
Janesville, WI

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Spaulding, Scott, Dvm - Badger Veterinary Hospital
(608) 754-1888
3113 Mccormick Dr
Janesville, WI

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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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