Surgery

Our veterinarians provide many surgical services at our clinic, ranging from routine spays and neuters, to advanced orthopedic and soft tissue procedures. We want to ensure that our patients receive the best possible outcome, so if your furry little one needs to undergo a complex procedure that requires advanced equipment or training that we cannot provide, we will refer them to a specialist.

On the morning of your furry family member’s surgery, the veterinarian performing the procedure will do a comprehensive physical examination. Based on your furry little one’s age, health status, and other exam findings they may also request pre-anesthetic blood work to have a better idea of what’s going on internally. The findings from our hands-on exam, as well as the blood test results, tell us if surgery is a safe option for your furry little one, and if it is, which drugs are the best choice for them. The type of anesthesia we use depends on the procedure, as some require general anesthetic while others only need sedation with a local anesthetic.

Our veterinary team takes every precaution to ensure that your furry family member is safe at all times. This begins with the thorough physical examination and laboratory tests, and carries through to the specific drug selection for your pet, patient monitoring throughout surgery and in recovery, and any required after care. We provide pain medication to each surgical patient before the procedure so they are comfortable when they wake up. If you have any questions or would like to learn more, please contact us, our veterinary team would be happy to give you more specific information on our protocols.

  • Patient Monitoring
  • Patient monitoring begins before we even enter the operating room. Baseline vital signs, physical examination findings, blood work results, and the type of procedure help the veterinary team determine the best anesthetic plan for your furry little one. During the procedure a veterinary technician monitors your pet’s heart and respiratory rate, blood pressure, body temperature, and oxygen saturation. They look for trends in your pet’s vital signs and adjust anesthetic depth accordingly to keep your furry little one safe and pain free. Monitoring continues when your little one is in recovery up until the time that they are ready to go home.

    Patient Monitoring
  • General Anesthesia
  • General Anesthesia
    Some procedures, such as spays, neuters, dental cleanings, and other invasive surgeries, require your pet to be under general anesthetic. Just like when people go in for surgery, we take every precaution to ensure our patients are safe and pain free. This process begins with a thorough physical examination, pre-anesthetic blood work, and monitoring baseline vital signs. We administer a sedative to help your furry little one relax before placing an IV catheter. We then give an intravenous drug through the IV catheter to provide anesthesia before placing a breathing tube into their trachea. The breathing tube delivers a mixture of oxygen and gas anesthetic to maintain unconsciousness for the surgical procedure. The veterinary technician is solely focused on monitoring your pet’s vital parameters and adjusting the amount of gas anesthetic your furry family member inhales throughout the entire procedure.

    Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns about your pet receiving general anesthesia or about the procedure for which your pet is scheduled.

  • Local Anesthesia
  • We may need to use a local anesthetic if your furry family member is having a minor surgical or diagnostic procedure performed. These drugs cause a loss of sensation in the area that they are injected. We sometimes use a sedative and/or anxiolytic (anti-anxiety medication) in combination with the local anesthetic to keep pets calm during a procedure.

    Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns about your pet receiving local anesthesia or about the procedure for which your pet is scheduled.

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