We offer a wide variety of surgeries at Animal Hospital, ranging from routine spays and neuters to more involved soft tissue and orthopedic surgery. Our doctors remove growths, remove foreign bodies, repair cruciate ligament ruptures, repair fractures, perform Caesarian sections and explore abdomens, just to name a few. Most of our surgeries are performed on an outpatient basis, but some of the more involved may require an additional hospital stay.
Anesthetic is always a concern for any surgery and can be the most difficult part for owner’s to deal with emotionally. Anesthesia in a healthy animal has minimal risk, but there is always a risk. We understand the concern and strive to minimize the risk, using the least amount of anesthetic necessary for a procedure and offering additional monitoring. We recommend pre-anesthetic blood work, IV fluids during surgery and ECG monitoring while under anesthesia.
Pre-Anesthetic blood work is a screening tool we use to check internal organ function. This blood work helps us determine what medications are safe to give your pet and helps identify any underlying diseases. Many diseases have very subtle signs at home in the early stages, but could cause complications during surgery. Doing blood work prior to surgery not only gives you peace of mind, but also establishes a normal baseline for your pet that we could compare to later. The blood work can be scheduled ahead of your pet’s surgery date or done after you drop off the day of surgery. You will always be notified if there are abnormal results that could affect anesthesia.
IV fluids during surgery are important to help maintain a patient’s blood pressure and to flush the anesthetic out of their bodies faster. To start fluids, we clip a small area of hair, usually on the front leg, clean the area and place a catheter in a vein. The catheter is taped in place with an attached fluid line. The catheter allows us to administer fluids as well as being a direct line for medications in the event of an emergency.
ECG or electrocardiogram monitoring during surgery is an additional safety measure we have available. All surgeries are monitored by a technician, and this gives them additional information on the heart, respiratory rate, and temperature of the animal allowing them to adjust anesthesia as needed.