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Surgical Services

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Our hospital is well-equipped to perform many surgical procedures, from spays and neuters to more complicated orthopedic, trauma, emergency and soft tissue surgeries. In addition, we are equipped for dental procedures including cleaning and tooth extractions, exploratory laporatomies, rectal colon and urogenital surgery, caesarian sections, declaws and all types of cancer surgery.

Prior to surgery, each patient receives a thorough physical examination to identify any existing medical conditions that might endanger your pet's health. Because not all problems can be detected on examination, we also require pre-anesthetic blood testing.

Anesthesia

We offer a wide variety of anesthetic protocols tailored to your pet's individual needs. We use state-of-the-art anesthetic machines offering isoflorane anesthesia. We also utilize pulse oximetry, doppler blood pressure, and EKG on all anesthetized patients as well as recording heart rate, respiration and oxygen perfusion.

In addition to the state-of-the-art machines, a veterinarian or technician is always with the patient from the beginning to end of the anesthetic procedure.

Post-op patients are closely monitored in our ICU ward by our trained technical staff to ensure a smooth recovery.

Soft Tissue Surgery

Any surgical procedure involving anatomy other than the skeletal system falls under the category of soft tissue surgery. Examples of these types of surgeries include the sterilization surgeries, tumor removals, laceration/wound repairs, biopsies, and abdominal exploratories.

A large part of soft tissue surgery is now oncological (cancer) surgery. Cancer can and does occur in any part of the body. The best test to determine the type and nature of a tumor is a biopsy where a sample is sent to a pathologist for classification.

Early intervention is the key to success!

Orthopedic Surgery

Any surgical procedure involving the skeletal system (bones, joints, ligaments, and tendons) falls under the category of orthopedic surgery. Examples of these surgeries include the management of broken bones, ruptured ligament stabilization, tumor removals that may involve bone or amputation, and procedures to aid in the treatment of hip dysplasia.

 

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Surgical Admission

Presurgical bloodwork is required for all anesthetic patients.

Consent forms must be signed prior to surgery.

Fasting (no food) after 10 PM the night before surgery.

Arrive at the hospital for your scheduled admission appointment the morning of surgery. A a technician will discuss your pet’s procedure and answer any questions or concerns you may have.

Pain Management

Recent advances in pain medications have allowed for better pain control in pets than ever before. We administer a pain injection prior to surgery. After surgery, additional pain medication is sometimes required. This may be injectable and given intermittently or on a slow intravenous dose.

Oral medications for pain is often prescribed for the first few days to weeks at home.

Any animal that appears painful will receive additional pain medication.

Pain management is an important part of our pre-operative, intra-operative, and post-operative anesthetic and medical protocol. All surgical patients including those undergoing routine procedures such as spays and neuters receive pain control medications to help them stay as comfortable as possible.

 

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Surgical Recovery

The recovery area is centrally located, adjacent to the treatment area and allows our Doctors and licensed veterinary technicians to directly and continuously observe recovering patients and give the finest in nursing care.

It is equipped to keep pets comfortable and safe with personal as well as electronic monitoring. Infusion pumps, oxygen and heating pads when needed.

Post Surgical

Follow your discharge Veterinarian or technician's instructions.

Monitor your pets incision for swelling and redness

Monitor your pet’s appetite

Maintain bandages and administer medications as instructed

Return for follow-up as directed