To cut is to cure, the saying goes. With this in mind, we offer a wide range of surgical services. Spay/neuter procedures help prevent overpopulation and reduce the risk of disease for your pet. Soft tissue procedures help treat problems such as removal of a foreign body or tumor. Orthopedic surgeries concentrate on the bones and joints. These may include repair of a fractured bone or torn ligaments in a knee.
In general, we will request that your pet be fasted the night before surgery. Surgical patients are admitted either the evening before surgery or between 7:30 and 8:00 AM the day of surgery. Surgeries are then performed either in the morning between 8:00 and 12:00, or in the afternoon between 2:00 and 4:00 PM. Before, during, and after surgery, you can expect your pet to be treated to the following:
- Pre-surgical blood work to assess organ function prior to surgery
- Pre and post surgical pain medication
- A surgery nurse whose only job is to monitor your beloved pet
- State of the art monitoring throughout surgery including:
- ECG and cardiac auscultation
- Oxygen and CO2 monitoring
- Blood pressure
- Depth of anesthesia
- Post-operative monitoring
- Pain medications to be sent home for the continuing comfort of your pet
Many owners are anxious about anesthesia. Any procedure will have some risk associated with it, but pre-anesthetic testing, state of the art medications and monitoring, and having a dedicated registered technician monitoring every step make anesthesia much safer, even in senior patients!