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“Thank you so much for taking care of Bonnie through her surgery. I appreciate it and it makes it much easier for me when I know she is in good hands.”

Christy Porterfield and Bonnie

“You most certainly have the gifts of love and compassion. Thank you again for being so diligent in finding the problem with our sweet Miss Piggy.”

Heather, Tony and Piggy Smith.

“I want to thank you for all the TLC you showed my cockatiel, Deros, and me over the years...”

Linda Huebner

“...the people in our lives for whom we are most grateful. You folks are among those people. We do not know what we would have done without you this year.”

Steve and Dianne Durbin

“I will not take my animals anywhere else!!! The staff and doctors were absolutely FABULOUS, kind, courteous, caring and understanding.

Dennis A.

“What more could you ask for? Warm, caring staff, competent doctors that take their time with their clients and are genuinely caring. A clean, bright environment.”

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“You can tell the staff at Carriage Hills Animal Hospital truly cares about the well-being of animals. They are courteous, caring, and go out of their way to make sure your animals are healthy and happy.”

Troy (K) W.

“Thanks to the dedication of the vet himself and his staff, my dog overcame a bout of pancreatitis which could have been fatal if the doctor had not met me after hours.”

Courtney T.

“I am so proud to say that I use this group of Vets and tech...“Dr Van” explained everything to me and it was a much more reassuring process than it could have been. My hats off to all the staff!!

Shannon P.

“Our dog was injured one evening just before business hours ended. I called expecting to ask about an emergency vet but they told me to bring my dog in even though they were closed. They took great care of her!

Melissa S.

“The vets and all the staff are friendly and want to make sure the owner feels comfortable with any procedures or meds given to the pet. They are great!

Sharion V.

“Thank you so much for taking wonderful care of me after removal of my oral cancer. My Mommy and Daddy are so grateful to everyone there at Carriage Hills.”

Bella Pate

Veterinary Laparoscopy Offers Minimally Invasive Diagnostics & Surgical Options

Pet Laparoscopy

Laparoscopic surgery is a state of the art, minimally invasive surgical technique that can be used for viewing and treating organs inside your pet’s abdomen. Our own Dr. Scott Griffin has a special interest and advanced training in performing surgeries of this kind, working on all laparoscopic cases personally to assure the maximum benefit to our patients. Carriage Hills Animal Hospital is proud to offer exceptional care in this area to all current patients and veterinary referrals.


How Does Laparoscopy Work?

With laparoscopy, rigid endoscopes permit direct visual examination of your pet’s abdominal cavity without the need for a large surgical incision. This allows for more accurate diagnosis and treatment of various abdominal diseases and disorders.

It is a relatively safe technique for the patient, minimizing soft tissue trauma and allowing for faster and less painful recovery. Time spent under anesthesia can be reduced during these procedures as well, a benefit to seriously ill or senior pets.


Uses for Veterinary Laparoscopy

Laparoscopy was first used as a diagnostic tool, for viewing inside the abdominal cavity. Since that time, additional uses have been identified including exploratory surgeries, biopsy sample collection, and routine surgeries such as spays and preventive gastropexy.

This less invasive form of surgical procedure allows for shorter post-operative recovery times, reduced opportunity for infections, and less pain for our patients.


Common Laparoscopic Procedures

  • Gastropexy—This is a technique in which the stomach is permanently secured to the abdominal wall, preventing it from rotating abnormally. Gastric-dilatation and volvulus (GDV), often called bloat, is a life-threatening problem that occurs in large, deep-chested dogs. This procedure can be performed in dogs that are predisposed to GDV, to prevent the occurrence of this disease. This procedure is called prophylactic gastropexy.
  • Ovariectomy—This is commonly referred to as a spay, and is a fast, simple surgical procedure. An ovariohysterectomy is when the ovaries and uterus are removed. In the ovariectomy, only the ovaries are removed. The uterus remains inactive and poses no problem for the patient.
  • Laparoscopic diagnostic proceduresCommon diagnostic procedures performed at our hospital include biopsies of organs or masses to test for cancer. Organs biopsied include the liver, pancreas, and kidney, as well as the intestines and bladder.

Learn more about laparoscopy.