General Surgery
Specialist Surgery
Orthopaedic Surgery
Minimally Invasive Surgery
Postoperative Care

Cancer Care
Surgical Oncology

Medical Imaging
Computed Tomography
MRI Access

Services at Southpaws

Southpaws is one of Australia’s best veterinary referral hospitals. Purpose built, Southpaws prides itself on providing the highest level patient care in an environment that is professional yet very comforting to pet owners and patients. Southpaws provides the very best in surgical, medical and cancer care for dogs and cats.

Southpaws boasts the only radiation therapy unit for animals in Victoria and was the first deep-therapy radiation unit available solely for animals in Australia. The fastest CT scanner in Australia dedicated for use in animals has been installed to increase image quality while shortening anaesthetic time. This machine would be at home in any worldclass human hospital facility. Southpaws is centrally located in Melbourne and is very close to shopping and dining for pet owner convenience.

General Surgery

Dr. Charles Kuntz completed a one year fellowship in cardiac surgery and a Master’s project on cardiopulmonary bypass in dogs. He has observed over 100 human cardiopulmonary bypass procedures. This makes him uniquely qualified to handle any sort of soft-tissue surgery. Charles routinely performs cardiothoracic, gastrointestinal, and urinary tract surgery with a high rate of success. He has published on new techniques for cardiac surgery in animals.

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Specialist Surgery

With medical credentials that include;
- MS
- Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons
- Registered Specialist of Small Animal Surgery
- Fellow of Surgical Oncology

and almost 20 years of surgical experience and training, Dr. Charles Kuntz is one of the world's most experienced and competent surgeons. He is able to offer specialist surgical oncology, orthopaedic surgery, neurosurgery and minimally invasive surgery.

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Orthopaedic Surgery Including TPLO

Southpaws offers a full range of preventative and therapeutic orthopaedic surgical procedures for a wide range of conditions. These include procedures for canine cruciate disease (using Tibia-Plateau-Levelling Osteotomy (TPLO)), elbow dysplasia, hip dysplasia, shoulder lameness, fracture repair, orthopaedic cancer and joint replacement.

At Southpaws we recognize that the best results following orthopaedic surgery are obtained using a multi-faceted approach to management of the case. Surgery is just one component of the overall management program. We work very closely with specifically trained animal physiotherapists in order to achieve the best possible results from our patients.

Southpaws also offers stem cell therapy for the treatment of canine osteoarthritis. This treatment helps to relieve the pain and discomfort caused by osteoarthritis. It can dramatically improve quality of life and reduce the need for treatment with potentially harmful anti-inflammatory medications.

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Neurosurgery requires patience, experience and outstanding technical skill. Charles has performed over 1,000 spinal surgeries. In a recent example, Tango, a Hungarian Vizsler puppy was left unable to walk and in pain from a dog attack. Surgery was declined by another specialist but the level of accuracy required can be achieved at Southpaws. After CT scans, the vertabrae were modelled using the Southpaws / Royal Canin 3D printer to create an exact plastic model of the surgical site. The model showed 30% compression of the affected vertabrae, the effect on the spinal cord and presence of fragments. Surgery proceeded sucessfully and Tango is now running, walking and jumping - pain free. Brain surgery is also commonplace at Southpaws. We routinely and successfully remove brain tumours. Charles developed a technique for the treatment of epilepsy where the brain is literally split in half to prevent small seizures from becoming generalised. This technique waspresented at the American College of Veterinary Surgeons conference and the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists. Charles' epilepsy surgery paper is being submitted for publication in the Journal of Veterinary Surgery. Southpaws skills and techniques in neurosurgery are at the leading edge of world’s best practice in veterinary medicine.

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Minimally Invasive Surgery

Charles is also trained, equipped and experienced to perform minimally invasive (keyhole) surgery for many abdominal procedures. Minimally invasive surgery means shorter recovery, less pain and better visualisation. He has published on new techniques for minimally invasive surgery in animals.

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Postoperative Care

Postoperative care is critical to the success and comfort in the surgical patient. We believe that since animals can’t tell us that they are in pain, they should be treated aggressively with pain relief whether they show signs of pain after surgery or not. We use local pain relief in the form of an epidural whenever possible. Patients receive either intermittent injections of narcotics or a constant infusion of narcotics after surgery. They almost always have a narcotic patch which lasts for 4 days and are discharged with antiinflammatories as well. Collectively, we do everything possible to make our patients suffer as little pain as possible.

We also feel that patient warming is critical during and after surgery. Maintaining patient temperature during and after anaesthesia increases patient comfort, improves wound healing, decreases pain, decreases infection and speeds anaesthetic recovery. We use an electrically heated surgery table as well as forced warm air during recovery. We have a special incubator which heats fluids and blankets to warm patients during and after surgery.

Nursing care is one of the most important factors in ensuring a comfortable and successful recovery. Southpaws has one of the highest nurse-patient ratios in the industry. Our nurses are highly skilled and compassionate. We have 24-hour care whenever patients are onsite. Because we don’t routinely see emergency patients, our overnight staff are not distracted from the care of in-house patients by unexpected emergencies. We work closely with a 24-emergency centre to provide high-need care to critical patients.

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