Technical procedures

Technical procedures

Anal Glands:
The most common way that anal glands become a problem is when they get impacted (the secretions stored within them aren’t able to be expressed) and when they become infected. Impaction is uncomfortable and increases the chance of infection.
Impacted and infected anal glands will become abscessed if not treated. Once the pressure within the abscessed anal gland builds to a high enough level, the abscess is likely to rupture through the dog’s skin, since the impacted material can’t be normally expressed through the anal gland duct. Abscesses may require surgical repair and drain placement, and these infections typically require antibiotics and pain medications, as well.
The symptoms are pretty easy to spot to know if it’s time for anal gland expression. 
  • scooting his or her hind end on the ground
  • excessively biting or licking the area
  • releasing the contents of his anal glands indoors (foul odor)
  • red skin around his anus bleeding or pus draining from around his anus
Toe Nail trims:
Whether you have a dog that can easily tolerate having his nails clipped, or you have one that is absolutely petrified of the process, keeping your dog’s claws a sensible length is very important to their health and well-being. Feline patients also often require toenail trimming.  We make every attempt to make the process of trimming toenails as easy as possible.  If we feel the dog or cat is becoming too upset and anxious we will recommend that we try a different day to do the procedure. The last thing we want to do is have your pet become fearful of routine procedures and/or have bad experiences in our hospital. At times, we may recommend medications that will calm your dog or cat so that the procedure is not so terrifying to them.  Regular trimming can prevent snagging nails on carpets and other flooring, scratching and damaging hardwood flooring, help dog or cat assume normal body position, decrease the discomfort associated with long toenails, stop the nails from curling round and ingrowing, and more. 
For trimming dog and cats toenails, we use either the toenail trimmer or the Dremel method.  Most dogs and cats have a special tolerance and that helps us to choose which option we might use.  One should keep in mind that when a dog or cats nails become overgrown it can alter the way they move about.  The altered position causes the bones in his or her feet to sit at a different angle, which in turn puts pressure on the joints. Over time, this can cause significant joint pain and may lead to arthritis.  Also, Toenails can grow so long that they start to curl around and begin to embed into the skin of the pads next to the toenails. 
A good rule of thumb is that you should trim your dog's nails, or have them trimmed, as often as it takes to prevent their nails from touching the ground when they're standing. 
Laser Therapy:
Laser therapy stimulates the body to heal from within. Non-thermal photons of light are administered to the body for about 3 to 8 minutes and absorbed by the injured cells. The cells are then stimulated and respond with a higher rate of metabolism. This results in relief from pain, increased circulation, reduced inflammation, and an acceleration of the healing process.
The laser light is delivered through a noninvasive handpiece to treat the affected area
Your pet may feel a gentle and soothing warmth.
Most treatments take a matter of minutes

Sunnyside Veterinary Hospital

13323 SE Misty Dr

Happy Valley, OR 97086

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Monday 8:00am - 5:00pm

Tuesday 8:00am - 5:00pm

Wednesday 8:00am - 5:00pm

Thursday 8:00am - 5:00pm

Friday 8:00am - 5:00pm

Saturday 9:00am - 2:00pm

Sunday Closed