Big Changes Ahead at Scout’s House


Scout’s House was founded on the belief that animals deserve the same cutting-edge medical services—and the same standards of care—that humans do.  That basic tenet has guided every decision we’ve made these last seven years and has allowed us to provide the highest quality of rehabilitative care to your pets.

red_textIn keeping with that principle, we’re happy, excited, and proud to announce our new partnership with West Coast Veterinary Surgical, an innovative veterinary surgical practice now opening in Palo Alto.

Headed by Dean Filipowicz, DVM, MS, DACVS, West Coast Veterinary Surgical, Inc. is a full-service veterinary surgical practice offering orthopedic, neurologic, oncologic, soft tissue, and reconstructive procedures, as well as emergency and post-trauma surgery.

A state-of-the-art practice, West Coast recognizes the critical role rehab therapy can play in ensuring the best possible outcome for your dog or cat after surgery.  Which is why West Coast patients will receive five sessions of rehab therapy after every surgery in which rehab is indicated—at no additional cost.  And thanks to our partnership, you’ll also save the cost of an initial exam at Scout’s House before starting therapy (an additional $200 savings).


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Just as with humans, physical rehab therapy can help animals recover more quickly and more completely after surgery.

Studies have suggested, for example, that dogs who have TPLO surgery for torn cranial cruciate ligaments (CCLs) heal dramatically faster with rehab therapy than without (Sherman et al). And because rehab therapy helps dogs heal more quickly from CCL repair surgeries—and because rehab strengthens muscle groups in both the affected leg and the other leg—it’s theorized there’s a smaller chance of the dog rupturing the CCL in the other knee when rehab therapy follows surgery.

Working together, Scout’s House and West Coast will be your partners in your pet’s recovery.

Our goal is to ensure that your pet heals as quickly, as correctly, and as comfortably as possible, and we’ll do that by:

  • creating a disciplined convalescence plan that’s custom-tailored to your pet’s needs;
  • seeing your pet regularly to ensure the best possible outcome while decreasing the risk of complications;
  • regularly conferring on all cases, including sharing information through phone calls, photographs, and videos if complications do arise, and referring back for rechecks, as needed;
  • keeping your family veterinarian involved in all aspects of your pet’s case, from initial consultation through the healing process;
  • guiding you through every step of the recovery process, from being accessible and available to answer all of your questions to showing you how to perform simple Home Exercises to hasten your pet’s healing.


About West Coast Veterinary Surgical

Dr. Dean Filipowicz is a Board-certified diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons.  He received his doctorate from the University of California at Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, and he completed an academic internship and residency in small animal surgery at Virginia Tech, where he also earned a Master’s degree in veterinary sciences.  Dr. Filipowicz served as a clinical instructor at Virginia Tech before moving to the Bay Area in 2008, where he became the main surgeon for a large veterinary specialty practice.  During this time, he also established the surgical department for Veterinary Specialty Services in Fresno, a leading specialty practice in central California.

In addition to his work as a veterinary surgeon, Dr. Filipowicz contributes to the expanding body of knowledge in veterinary medicine by publishing papers in trade journals, co-authoring chapters in books on veterinary surgery, and speaking at veterinary conventions and symposiums.

Dr. Filipowicz has special interests in minimally invasive surgery, fracture management, reconstructive and oncologic surgery, and sports medicine.


Why Use A Board-certified Surgeon?

droppedImageIf you had knee surgery, would you want your general practitioner to perform the surgery or an orthopedic surgeon?  The answer, almost always, is the latter.  And that’s exactly what you should expect for your pet.

A veterinarian who is board-certified in surgery has successfully completed the rigorous certification requirements set by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons (ACVS), training that regular veterinarians do not receive.

According to the ACVS, these requirements include:

A one-year rotating internship and a three-year surgical residency program. During the closely supervised residency program, the resident works with recognized board certified specialists to acquire additional knowledge and skill in veterinary surgery. The resident must also demonstrate a commitment to contributing to the scientific literature and maintaining a moral and ethical standing in the veterinary profession. Following the residency program, veterinarians must pass a rigorous examination, consisting of written, case-based and practical portions, to be considered a specialist in surgery. An ACVS board certified specialist in veterinary surgery is also referred to as “ACVS Diplomates.”

Although all veterinarians can do surgeries, using a board-certified veterinary surgeon ensures the best possible outcome for your pet—with the potential for fewer complications.


Common Surgical Procedures Performed by West Coast

Tracheal stenting for severe collapse

Tracheal stenting for severe collapse

Orthopedic procedures:

  • Hip surgery for dysplasia, such as TPO, JPS, FHO, and total hip replacement in 
special circumstances
  • Stifle surgery for cruciate tears including TPLO, TTA, Tightrope, and Extracapsular 
stabilization techniques
  • Fracture management, either traditional open reduction with internal fixation (ORIF), 
external fixation (Ex-Fix), or minimally invasive plate osteosynthesis (MIPO)
  • Joint exploratories
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    Deranged stifle & comminuted, open tibial fx

    Osteochondral autograph transfer system (OATS) for cartilage lesions

  • Arthrodesis
  • Amputations

Neurological Procedures:

  • Hemilaminectomy for intervertebral disc disease (IVDD)
  • Ventral slot for disc disease of the neck
  • Dorsal laminectomy for lumbosacral disease

Soft Tissue Procedures:

  • Head and neck surgery, such as correction of brachycephalic syndrome in pugs, 
bulldogs, etc., ear canal ablations (TECA-BO) for end stage ear disease, sialocele correction
  • Thoracic surgery such as correction of PDA, PRAA, pericardectomy
  • Abdominal surgery such as gall bladder removal, liver lobe resection, spleen

Oncologic Procedures:

  • Mass resection +/- skin reconstruction
  • Radical mastectomy
  • Anal sacculectomy

Reconstructive Procedures and Wound Management:

  • Pedicle flaps, free tissue grafts
  • Vacuum-assisted closure

Minimally Invasive Procedures:

  • Thoracoscopy
  • Laparoscopy
  • Arthroscopy
  • Stenting (tracheal, urethral)

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