When surgery is required, we strive to make our patients as comfortable as possible and keep families informed throughout the procedure. This continuity of care begins during the pre-surgical visit and carries through to your pet’s dismissal and aftercare.
Our surgical services involve soft tissue as well as certain orthopedic procedures. Some of our more routine operations include:
- Cherry eye correction
- Tumor/mass removals
- Abdominal surgeries (example: cystotomy)
- Oral surgeries
Your pet’s comfort and well-being before, during, and after a surgical event is important to us. Our trained veterinary team of doctors and staff use anesthesia protocols that are safe and effective for your pet’s needs with state-of-the-art monitoring equipment and vigilant staff to provide your pet with utmost attention.
- Use of state-of-the art SurgiVet® equipment to monitor your pet’s heart, lungs, blood oxygenation, temperature, carbon dioxide levels, and blood pressure
- IV fluid therapy
- Use of a Bair Hugger® convective body warmer
- Various anesthetic options such as those that are easily controlled and reversible and come in the form of injection or inhalant
- Multimodal pain management throughout the pre-surgical, surgical, and recovery process
- A personal surgical and recovery technician assigned to each patient
- Detailed discharge instructions for convalescence
If your pet is scheduled for surgery, it is important to follow these steps to ensure a safe, smooth, process:
- Do not give the patient any food or water after 10:00 pm the night before surgery.
- Plan to be present for a pre-surgical check-in with a technician.
- Surgical admittance time is between 8:00 and 8:30 am.
- Notify us of any medication given within 24 hours of surgery.
- Provide your signature on surgical consent forms and contact information.
Expect a phone call from us after the procedure to set up a post-operative consultation appointment as well as patient pick-up time. We will review any specific at-home instructions with you during that time. In the event that your pet is staying with us for the night, we will provide you with regular updates during business hours.
For more advanced procedures, we work closely with area Board Certified surgeons (http://www.veterinaryspecialtycare.com) to allow you and your pet to have the best available care at all times.