Guntersville Animal Hospital
& Surgery Center
Soft Tissue/Orthopedic Surgery
If pet surgery is required, you can be certain that your pet will receive the utmost care from our staff. Our surgeon is experienced in a wide range of surgical procedures including many types of soft tissue pet surgery (hepatic, biliary, renal, splenic, adrenal, gastric, intestinal, urinary, reproductive, dermal, oral/pharyngeal, airway, ocular, otic, neoplastic, wound reconstruction). As well as an array of orthopedic procedures such as fracture plating, pinning, wiring, external fixation, cruciate repair, medial patellar luxation repair, ligament/tendon repair, osteotomies, surgical joint reductions, etc.
With 21 years experience in surgery, we would like to discuss any concerns that you might have regarding your individual pet’s needs. With a state of the art surgical suite and advanced pain medication protocols, we provide the highest level of care for our patients. Receiving many referrals from veterinarians around North Alabama, we make sure each patient returns with complete instructions for the referring veterinarian to know what was performed, the potential outcome, and problems to watch for. Regardless of what surgical procedures are undertaken, our team will deliver compassionate care to your pet as they recover and spend the day with us.
A common weekly question I get is regarding cruciate disease and the options for treatment. We do 4 procedures TPLO, TTA, MMP, ECP. The first 3 actually require an osteotomy (cutting bone) and changing the orientation. Because of this, they are significantly more expensive than the ECP (synthetic ligament). Changing the orientation does have some benefits but it comes at a cost as implanted hardware is significant and surgery more labor intensive. A critical part of this disease though is exploring the joint thoroughly to access all the interior structures making sure there are no comorbidities present to assure a good outcome. After 20 years of doing stifle surgery, it is one of the main reasons for failure to do well post operatively. We do a lot of ECPs simply due to finances.
With the right patient selection and performed in the right way (there are actually 4 different variations of this procedure) it can provide a lifetime of pain free ambulation for these patients at a reasonable cost. For other patient’s where the case dictates and cost is not an issue one of the other procedures might be the better route. We do pre-surgical assessments on every patient to make sure everyone is on board for whatever is done.
Chuck Young DVM
Contact and Hours
Mon-Fri 7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday 7:30 AM - Noon
Guntersville Animal Hospital & Surgery Center
1609 Henry Street
Guntersville, AL 35976
We are located right behind the Finley Plaza Shopping Center on Hwy 69 before going across the causeway toward Arab. The Guntersville Memorial Chapel Funeral Home is also next to us.
If our staff cannot be reached after hours (256-505-1878) due to being out of cell service and you have a medical emergency, please immediately call Huntsville Veterinary Emergency. They can be reached any hour we are closed (weeknights, weekends, or holidays) throughout the year at 256-715-8389.