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When it comes to cat and dog surgery, we take every precaution for your pet's health, safety and comfort. Our staff is highly experienced in routine and advanced surgical procedures. We use sedation and local anesthesia whenever possible.
Surgical Services: Our fully-equipped surgical suite provides for the performance of a wide variety of surgical procedures, including routine, orthopedic and emergency procedures. We offer the most up-to-date methods of anesthesia, patient monitoring and pain management protocols. Some of our hospital?s more common procedures include:
- Dog and Cat Spay (ovariohysterectomy)
- Dog and Cat Neuter (castration)
- Cat Declaw
- Puppy tail dock and dewclaw removal
- Tumor/Cyst/Wart Removal
- Laceration Repair
- Knee Surgery (ACL and knee cap problems)
- Fracture Repair
- Gastronomy (stomach surgery)
- Hernia Repair
- Ear Hematoma Repair
- Exploratory Abdominal Surgery
- Caesarean Section (C-section)
- Cystotomy (bladder surgery)
- Splenectomy (spleen removal)
- Intestinal Foreign Body Removal
- Cherry Eye Surgery (third eyelid gland)
A post-operative pain management program is established for all surgical patients to ease recovery.
We utilize the safest available anesthetics during our surgical procedures. Using the most modern equipment, the patients vital signs are monitored throughout the entire procedure.
Consistent with our emphasis on patient safety, our equipment and staff are able to monitor your pet's exhaled carbon dioxide (one of the most valuable anesthetic parameters), inhaled oxygen, core body temperature, blood pressure and electrocardiogram (EKG).
While your pet is under anesthesia, it is the ideal time to perform other minor procedures, such as dentistry, ear cleaning, or implanting an identification microchip. If you would like an estimate for these extra services, please call ahead of time. This is especially important if the person dropping the pet off for surgery is not the primary decision maker for the pet's care.
Pre-Anesthetic Blood Testing
Before any procedure, the veterinarian will perform a physical exam on the patient. However, because there is always the possibility that a physical exam alone may not identify all health problems, we recommend that pre-anesthetic blood tests be performed within 60 days of the procedure. We will use the information obtained from these tests to tailor an anesthetic protocol especially for your pet so that it will be as safe and comfortable as possible during the surgical procedure and later on.
No food or treats after 8pm the night before the procedure. Water is ok.
Check-in with the doctor between 7:30 and 8:30 am on the morning of the procedure.The staff or
doctor will discuss discharge times and aftercare instructions.
When you bring your pet in for surgery, you will need 10 to 15 minutes to fill out paperwork and make
decisions about blood testing and other options available. When you pick up your pet after surgery,
you can also plan to spend about 5 to 10 minutes to go over your pet?s home care needs.
Most patients will go home with sutures that will need to be removed. Please return for suture removal when advised, (usually 10 to 14 days following the procedure). An appointment is recommended to avoid having to wait.
Check the suture area regularly for signs of redness, swelling or irritation and call us if you notice any problems or have any concerns.
Monitor your pet for signs of chewing or licking at the stitches. An Elizabethan collar (funnel-like hood) or padded collar (like a large soft doughnut) can be sent home to help deter your pet from this behavior.
We will send pain medication home for your pet if we foresee that he/she will need them following the procedure. We trust your judgement and are always happy to send home pain medication if requested.
You should also monitor your pet for signs of pain or discomfort. Please contact us if you have any concerns or observe your pet exhibiting any of the following signs or behaviors:
- Temperament ? aggression, guarding of painful area, avoidance of social interaction, hiding,
- Movement ? reluctance to move, prolonged lying or sitting, lameness, or acting tender,
uncomfortable or restless
- Appetite ? decrease in food or water intake