Does your pet need surgery? You have come to the right place. In this section you will find information about the kinds of surgical procedures we perform, what to do to prepare your pet for surgery, what to expect on surgery day, as well as the many precautions we take to be sure that your pet has a safe, positive experience.
Our veterinarians adhere to the highest level of care standards for all surgical procedures. Our highly skilled doctors place the utmost emphasis on pain management to ensure your pet is safe and comfortable throughout the treatment process. Using technology, your pet's vital signs are monitored by our well trained veterinary technicians, who will remain with your pet through recovery.
Our surgical procedures are performed in a sterile surgical suite with a specialized ventilation system. We use a steam autoclave to sterilize all our surgical instruments and we always wear the proper attire including masks, booties, gloves and gowns. Our surgical suite is run and kept the way a human hospital would keep theirs. Our monitoring capabilities during surgery are comparable to the human field. We offer the following:
- Blood pressure
- Pulse rate
- Carbon dioxide levels
- Oxygen levels
- Esophageal stethoscope
- Temperature (all pets are maintained at a warm temperature during all anesthetic procedures)
In case you are looking to see if we can help your pet with a specific procedure, below is a list of many of the surgeries that we can perform. If you don't see what you are looking for, please be sure to call, as there may be one we missed!
- Hernia Repair- umbilical, inguinal
- Wound Repair
- Abscess Treatment
- Tumor removal
- Skin Biopsy
- Conjunctival Graft
- Third Eyelid Flap
- Third Eyelid Gland Repair(Cherry Eye Repair)
- Entropion Repair
- Ectropion Repair
- Fracture repair
- External Fixation
- Femoral Head Ostectomy (FHO)
- Gastropexy (preventative and therapeutic)
- Exploratory Surgery
- Intestinal Foreign Body Removal
- Organ/Intestinal Biopsy
- Intestinal Resection and Anastomosis
- Liver Lobectomy
- GallBladder Removal
- Abdominal Tumor Removal
- Bladder Stone Removal
- Bladder Tumor Removal
- Perineal Urethrostomy
- Anal Sac Removal
The Surgery 411- Important Information for Owners!
Does your pet need surgery? You have come to the right place. On this page you will find information about what to do to prepare your pet for surgery, what to expect on surgery day, as well as the many precautions we take to be sure that your pet has a safe, positive experience.
Our doctors perform scheduled surgeries Monday- Friday. We recommend calling at least a week in advance to schedule the procedure so we can better accommodate your schedule.
The night before surgery, you may feed your pet its normal dinner. We ask that your pet receive no food after 10p, though you can allow your pet access to water all night. If your pet is under 3 months of age, please call for additional instruction.
If your pet is having multiple tumors removed (especially if the skin tumors are small!), we recommend that you spend some time the night before marking them in some way (sharpie works well for light fur, white out for dark fur), as bumps have a way of hiding when surgery day comes.
If your pet takes medication on a regular basis, we ask that you give the medication as you would normally. The exception to this is diabetic patients: please call us for specific instructions regarding their care.
Finally, please be sure to bring any vouchers you may have. Unfortunately, if you don't bring it, we cannot honor it.
The Day of Surgery:
Surgeries are generally completed in the morning to allow the pets to recover fully from anesthesia before they go home. We ask that you be here by 8:00a to check your pet in. Surgery order is determined by many factors including the type of procedures scheduled for that day, the expected procedure length, and order of arrival in the morning.
When you arrive at the clinic, you and your pet will be shown into one of our exam rooms. A technician will join you and ask you a series of questions so we can establish your pet's general health over the past several days. Please be sure to make us aware of any health concerns you may have. Please provide us with a correct phone number where we may reach you with any questions that come up as well as call you to let you know when your pet has woken up from anesthesia. The technician will also review the treatment plan, including anticipated costs, set up a time for you to pick your pet up, and answer any questions you may have about what is going to happen.
Your pet will be identified by a personalized ID collar as well as a cage card. A physical exam will be performed on your pet by the surgeon, and samples will be obtained for the necessary testing, as determined by the doctor. In general, all pets have lab work performed including a complete blood cell count and a chemistry profile performed prior to anesthesia, to ensure that the organs that clear anesthesia from the body (liver, kidneys) are working properly. In some situations, we recommend additional testing, including a heartworm test, urinalysis, or additional testing for liver function.
If your pet is undergoing general anesthesia (used for major procedures), they are given a pre-medication injection (sedation to help relieve stress and prevent pain). An IV catheter is placed and IV fluids are started to help maintain your pet’s blood pressure. A second injection is given to induce anesthesia and in most situations, a tube is placed in your pet’s throat that allows us to deliver an inhaled gas that ensures your pet is not aware of what is happening and can feel no pain.
Depending on the procedure, fur may be clipped away and the area is cleaned thoroughly to prevent infection. A trained veterinary technician is continually monitoring your pet while they are asleep to ensure their safety. Monitoring methods include an EKG (monitors heart beat), blood pressure, temperature, pulse oximeter (monitors oxygen in the blood), and esophageal stethoscope (allows us to listen to heart and lungs during the procedure. It is a priority to maintain your pet’s temperature during the procedure: to help with this, we have a variety of ways we keep them warm including a Hot Dog (this is one of our favorite gadgets!).
After the procedure, your pet is closely monitored as they wake up. Once they have control over their ability to swallow, the tube in their throat is removed and we continue monitoring to ensure that their recovery is smooth in all ways possible.
We will call you when your pet has woken up completely from the procedure and will confirm your pick up time. Here are a few more important things to know!
Anesthesia can cause nausea, so your pet may not want to eat or drink until the following day. If your pet wants to eat or drink, then you can offer them small amounts of food and water. Expect your pet to go home and rest.
If your pet seems to be in a lot of pain, please contact us so we can provide additional pain medication. Do not give your pet Tylenol (liver toxic), Advil (kidney toxic), aspirin (gastric ulcers) or any human over the counter pain medication.
If your pet has an incision, please keep the area dry and clean. Do not bathe your pet for at least 10 days to allow the incision to heal. It is essential to keep your pet calm and rested for 3-7 days after surgery to ensure proper healing of the incision.
The incision sutures are on the inside and will dissolve on their own unless you are given additional instruction. Please contact us if the incision area is bleeding, swelling, or has discharge. Please do not allow your pet to lick or chew at the incision (tongue=bacteria=infection!). If your pet is determined, they can remove the sutures, which will cause significant delays in healing. If necessary, we can provide you with an E-collar or other suggestions to keep your pet from licking/chewing the incision.
If your pet has been spayed and was in heat, continue to keep her separate from male dogs. Hormones will still be present in her system and she will still accept a male, and breeding can cause serious complications. Please call the clinic if you have any questions or concerns.
After performing a complete examination and reviewing your pet's medical state, we will discuss treatment options that may include surgery and put together a plan that suits the needs of both you and your pet.
If surgery is recommended, you can feel comfortable knowing that our doctors will provide appropriate pain relief so that pain is identified and treated if present. Visual assessment and recording of vital signs is done by one of our trained veterinary surgical technicians. A technician is present during the entire surgery and recovery process to maintain the safety and comfort of your pet. We believe that keeping our patients safe and comfortable before, during and after surgery is of the greatest importance and an essential component of your pet's care.