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Surgery And Surgical Procedures

We understand that surgery is a stressful time for your pet as well as for you. We do everything we can to make this event as comfortable, safe, and convenient for everyone. We perform scheduled surgeries Monday thru Friday and when emergencies arise we fit them into the schedule whenever necessary.

We recommend the use of the surgical laser when performing certain surgeries on your pet. The surgical laser seals blood vessels, nerves, and lymphatic vessels so your pet experiences decreased pain, decreased bleeding, and decreased swelling.

Most surgical patients will spend the night with us. This ensures that they are monitored after surgery and receive activity restriction immediately after surgery. If your pet needs to spend the night after a procedure we make every attempt to keep him as comfortable as possible. Occasionally owners like to visit their pets. If it will only be one day sometimes your visit can actually make it more stressful for your pet. We ask that you call ahead so we can get the okay from your pet's doctor. You can be assured that your pet receives much attention and TLC while under our care.

AAHA Standards

When your pet needs surgery, be assured that it will be performed under the strict guidelines set up byAAHA (American Animal Hospital Association) which are the highest in the veterinary industry. You can be reassured that your pet's surgery is being performed under the most sterile conditions and in the safest way possible. A pre-anesthetic blood screen is recommended in order to detect any hidden problems that could threaten your pet's well-being while under anesthesia. An electrocardiogram to evaluate heart function is also recommended. Each patient's body temperature is maintained by using a warm water circulating heating pad during surgery and has a heated pad during recovery.

General anesthesia is administered as an intravenous induction and as an inhaled gas. Gas anesthesia and oxygen are delivered to the patient through an endotracheal tube which is placed in the pet's airway. An electrocardiogram, pulse oximeter, blood pressure, and respiratory monitor are methods used to monitor the anesthetized pet and help to ensure his or her safety. All anesthetic protocols are tailored to your pet to ensure safety, especially in our older and high risk patients.

A registered veterinary technician is present to assist the doctor during the surgery. The technician monitors the pet's rate and depth of respiration, heart rate, temperature and the color of the pet's gums and mucous membranes. Following the surgery, your pet is put in heated recovery and carefully monitored.

Surgery may be performed with a scapel blade or with the surgical laser. Some surgeries are only done using the surgical laser due to less bleeding, less pain, and less swelling.

Pre and post operative pain management is provided.

Pets released after surgery will need to have their activities restricted for a few days. They need this in order to allow for the fastest healing with as little pain and complications as possible. Your pet should be kept indoors and running or jumping should not be allowed. Leash walks are recommended. In some cases your pet may be discharged with a collar to prevent your pet from self-traumatizing and/or infecting their surgical site. These collars are bulky and some pets may actually pout with them on. Although strongly discouraged, you may remove for short periods of time IF you can provide 100% supervision. If your pet opens up the incision this will require additional surgery, trauma, and cost to you to repair. You will be provided with individualized care instructions based on the surgery performed on your pet.

Types of surgeries - see links for more information

Spay and Neuter (Castration)

Mass/Tumor Removal and Other Soft Tissue Surgery

Orthopedic (Bone/Joint) Surgery

Eye Surgery

Ear Crop

Abdominal Surgery