Veterinary Surgery

Veterinary Surgery

Veterinary Surgery

When the need arises for your pet to have surgery, no matter the procedure, your pet’s safety and comfort are our first priority. We are pleased to provide a wide range of surgical services for our patients ranging from spay/neuter to mass removals and biopsies to eyelid correction surgeries. Feel free to consult with us about your pet’s specific surgical needs. We always take the entire patient into consideration when making recommendations for surgery and determining if it is a procedure that can be performed at our clinic.

For the safety of all of our patients, all pets having surgery must be examined by a doctor and be free of parasites and current on preventive immunizations recommended for them, given by a licensed veterinarian. Our surgery technicians ensure that our patients are closely monitored throughout the surgical procedure. Our doctors are available to answer any questions that you may have about your pet’s surgical procedure.

Even though many pets may not show signs of pain and are unable to tell us when and where they hurt, we know that just like us, pets experience some discomfort or pain following a surgical procedure. Pain and inflammation have also been proven to delay healing time in both pets and people. For these reasons, we require post-surgical pain management for all of our surgery patients. This pain management involves medications given after surgery while here in the hospital and also oral medications to be given at home.

To further enhance your pet’s safety, we also require a pre-anesthetic blood screen and peri-operative fluids. A pre-anesthetic blood screen evaluates the organ systems most directly affecting the safety of anesthesia, the liver and kidneys, and tests for anemia and dehydration. This testing can help us plan the anesthetic procedures that are best for your pet. We also utilize an intravenous catheter and fluids during the surgical procedure to help maintain blood pressure, oxygen perfusion, assist the body in processing the anesthetic medicines more efficiently, and provide immediate access to give medications in case of emergencies.

To prepare your pet for surgery, no breakfast is permitted the morning of surgery because anesthesia can sometimes cause an upset stomach and vomiting. Regular food is fine the day before surgery and water is encouraged even the morning of surgery. Admission for surgery is between 8:00 and 8:30 am. It will take approximately 15 minutes for our surgery technicians to help you understand the estimate and surgical consent paperwork, answer any questions you may have and briefly discuss the pre-anesthetic blood work, per-operative fluids and other important items. To speed up this process, ask us to send you the paperwork ahead of time for you to sign the forms at your convenience and then bring them with you the morning of surgery. You can also save time by scheduling an appointment a few days ahead of time to have your pet’s pre-anesthetic blood work drawn by one of our technicians. If the blood work is done ahead of time, your pet will be able to have surgery done earlier in the day allowing them to have more time to recover before going home.

When your pet goes home, a surgery technician will provide written detailed information for you about how to care for your pet at home after surgery including how and when to administer any medications. We are happy to answer any questions you may have about home care. And if any concerns develop once you get your pet home please call us.