Routine surgeries such as neuters, spays, soft tissue surgeries, and declaws are scheduled daily. Patients scheduled for surgery arrive between 7:30 am and 8:00 am. On arrival, clients are educated on the type of the surgery their pet is having that morning. We take several steps prior to surgery to ensure your pet’s well being. We want you to be comfortable with all aspects of the surgery. An ECG is required for all mature and geriatric patients. Four leads are attached to the pet and the ECG is transmitted via phone. A board certified cardiologist interprets the results and we receive the results within 20 minutes. The cardiologist’s findings generally yield one of three results: Anesthesia is appropriate for this patient, further information is needed (possibly x-rays) to determine if anesthesia is appropriate, or anesthesia is not recommended for this patient. Even a patient that has normal heart sounds with a stethoscope may not be a candidate for anesthesia and subsequent surgery. ECGs are necessary to give us precise information about the heart’s conduction quality.
Current blood work is necessary for all surgeries. Chemistry panels provide readings that reflect how well certain organs are functioning. Properly functioning internal organs ensure proper metabolism of anesthetics. CBC is a complete blood count. This blood test determines the specific components of the blood sample. These results will inform us if there are any problems such as anemia, dehydration, or an underlying infection.
Laser surgery is a recent advancement that we recommend for most procedures. Laser use in surgery is popular because it has huge benefits. There is less bleeding and loss of blood, because the laser cauterizes vessels as it cuts. Surgical procedures are able to be completed in less time, thus resulting in reduced anesthetic time. Laser surgery also promotes faster healing with less pain and inflammation. Soft tissue surgeries are performed exclusively with the laser. We highly recommend laser surgery for neuters, spays and feline declaws as well.
Pain management is very important for our patients. An injection is given for pain control prior to surgery. Pain medication is also sent home for post operative discomfort. Generally, a surgical patient is provided medication to control pain and inflammation for 3-7 days. At discharge, post operative care instructions are reviewed and any medications are explained in detail. All clients are welcomed to call at any time with concerns. Clients can expect a courtesy call the day after surgery to check on their pet.