Haabersti Loomakliinik


Veterinary surgery at Haabersti Loomakliinik

No one is immune to injuries and serious illnesses, and pets are no exception. Sometimes, to save a pet’s life, animal surgery is necessary. Veterinary surgery can also be planned, such as castration and sterilization. Such procedures are only performed by a professional surgical veterinarian with a high level of expertise and relevant experience. A vet surgery is a place where the skills and experience of a veterinarian are put to use. These specialists play a vital role in ensuring the health and recovery of pets that require surgical care. Cat surgery requires the expertise of a skilled veterinary surgeon. Our specialists at Haabersti Loomakliinik in Tallinn perform these operations. However, the recovery time after a dog surgery takes a little bit more time because small animals like cats tend to recover more quickly from spaying or neutering procedures, while dogs may have longer recovery times, especially larger breeds.

Types of surgical interventions in veterinary medicine

In vet medicine, there are several types of surgical operations for animals:

  • Depending on the nature of the procedure, it might be bloodless (minimally invasive, almost without incisions) or traditional.
  • Depending on the purpose of the operation, it may be diagnostic or therapeutic, and a separate group consists of procedures in order to regulate reproductive behavior.
  • Depending on the timing, surgical operations might be emergency or planned. There are also cases of forced or delayed intervention.
  • Depending on the degree of impact, surgeries can be palliative or radical (completely eliminating the causes of the disease).

Timely surgery for animals helps avoid fatal outcomes, eliminate unpleasant symptoms, prolong life, and improve its quality. The most challenging situations are when a veterinary surgeon must execute emergency interventions. Emergency surgery is necessary in cases of severe internal bleeding, intestinal blockage, or the ingestion of sharp objects into the digestive tract.

There are cases when it needs to be completed as a planned procedure, especially for severe and rapidly progressing diseases such as oncology.

Animal Surgery at Haabersti Loomakliinik

Residents of Tallinn are going to benefit from high-quality surgical care at the specialized vet clinic, Haabersti Loomakliinik. We have highly qualified surgeons who work in a specially equipped operating room. Among our advantages are:

thorough preliminary diagnostics.

  • Quality anesthesia, making the procedure comfortable for the animal.
  • Availability of a cardiac monitor to track the patient’s condition
  • Close post-operative monitoring by a specialist
  • The ability to perform minimally invasive and traditional procedures
  • Emergency surgery capability.
  • Affordable prices: the operation cost of our services is listed in the price list.
Please fill in consent form HERE, sign it on the day at the reception
You can fill out the anesthesia authorization form here
How to prepare your pet for the operation read HERE
Advice on the post-operative period read HERE

We offer these daily surgical procedures:

  • Neutering
  • Cryptorchid neuter
  • Caesarean section with or without neutering
  • Pyometra
  • Hernia repair
  • Mastectomy
  • Mass removal
  • Wound closure with skin graft
  • Entropion
  • Eye enucleation
  • Nephrectomy
  • Cystotomy and Urethrostomy
  • Bladder tumours diagnosis and removal
  • Gastro Intestinal (GI) foreign body removal
  • GI tumour diagnosis and removal
  • Diagnostic laparoscopy
  • Abdominocentesis
  • Thoracocentesis

And various other operations and procedures can be discussed and performed at our clinic.

At Haabersti Loomakliinik, various types of surgeries are executed, including heart operations like stenting. The level of qualification of our veterinarians allows us to handle even the most complex cases in dogs, cats, and other pets at the best possible cost.

Frequently asked questions

At what age can a cat be spayed?

Cats (females) become sexually mature when they reach a body weight of 2 kg. That is, a cat that weighs 2 + kg, regardless of its age, is considered sexually mature. The cat's heat depends on the length of the day, the more light, the faster the cat comes to "hunt". The cat's hunting period is from spring to fall, when there is the most daylight. Cats that live indoors have daylight at all times, since there is electric lighting. Thus, cats that live with people who have more than 14 hours of daylight a day - can come to "hunt" all year round, regardless of the time of year.

NB! There are two terms: spaying and castration. Sterilization involves manipulation to prevent fertilization, such as ligation of the seminal cords in males or ligation of the fallopian tubes in females. In castration, the internal sexual organs are removed (testes in males, ovaries +/- uterus in females). These 2 terms are very often confused and misused. Most often, pet owners use the term "castration" for males and "spaying" for females.

We perform castration (i.e. removal of internal sexual organs of both male and female).

We also perform early castration (spaying) - from 2 months of age.

Answer: The operation can be performed when the cat weighs 2 kg (or more).

Do animals need to be given an internal parasite medication before vaccination?

Adult animals should be given an antiparasitic before the annual vaccination if the owner does not use preventive deworming - that is, if he does not use internal worming medication 2 times a year, at least.

If preventive deworming is carried out systematically - then, before the annual vaccination it is not necessary to give a medication for internal parasites. Be sure to use the treatment before the first vaccination for puppies and kittens - as they are most likely to have worms.

Preventive deworming is a one-time use of an antiparasitic agent.

In the presence of worms - a treatment regimen is necessary, which depends on the type of worms, age of the animal and risk group in which the animal lives (e.g. kennel, shelter, multi-cat house, overnight stay, street housing, etc.). In this case, you need to consult a veterinarian.

Cats that live exclusively at home, preventive treatment against internal parasites is also necessary.

Cats that live only in doors, preventive treatment against internal parasites is also necessary.

Kittens and puppies should be treated at least once a quarter during their first year of life.

Answer: puppies and kittens BEFORE the first vaccination is mandatory, treatment of adult dogs and cats is carried out regardless of vaccination.

Is it necessary to vaccinate domestic cat?

Cats that live only in doors should also be vaccinated - because owners can bring the infection from the street on their shoes. For example, feline plague (or feline panleukopenia) is still common and frequent.

The most important thing is to properly vaccinate a young animal (kittens and puppies) early in its life. Vaccination of a young animal is carried out in 2-3 stages. The last vaccination should be given at over 16 weeks of age.

Further vaccination regimens depend on the lifestyle and risk group of the animal. Vaccination of domestic cats can be carried out every 2-3 years.

Answer: yes, it is.

How to understand if a cat is sick?

Cats are very secretive animals and are very good at disguising ailments. Cats very rarely show signs of acute pain - cats don't cry or scream. The most common sign of malaise is a change in the cat's behavior and a change in its normal daily routine. A cat that is not feeling well - refuses to eat, is lethargic, does not respond to owners, refuses to play or make contact, lies in a forced posture, not relaxed, etc. No one can see the slightest change in the cat's behavior better than the owner himself.

Answer: as soon as you notice that something has changed in the cat's behavior and daily routine.