For various reasons, most pets face surgery at some point. It may be nothing more than neutering or spaying or it could be a life-threatening situation. Regardless of the condition, our objective is simple but all-important: giving you and your pet more quality time together. That's where quality surgical services come in, and that's why our Surgery department offers comprehensive surgical services. At its basic level, surgery involves the treatment of disease by operation or the manipulation of tissue. The goal is a mutual one: a healthier, happier pet and happier pet family.
Be assured that we do everything possible to make the entire experience as easy as possible on both you and your pet. That's one reason surgery involves anesthesia and pain management. Whether it's local anesthesia, spinal anesthesia, or general anesthesia, the goal remains the same: pain-free surgery. Still, when needed, pet surgery is stressful to pet's families. Please see 'What To Expect' if your pet needs surgery prior to your appointment.
Our surgical facility is highly advanced with sophisticated patient monitoring capabilities that allow us to track your pet's condition throughout surgery. Trained technicians monitor pets under anesthesia; they monitor anesthesia levels and vital signs. Our monitoring capabilities let us closely assess your pet's response to anesthesia/surgery, enabling us to prevent problems before they endanger your pet family member.
Below is a partial list of our surgery services.
- Abdominal Procedures
- Aural Procedures
- Endocrine Procedures
- Herniorrhaphy Procedures
- Integumentary Procedures
- Musculoskeletal Procedures
- Neurologic Procedures
- Ocular Adnexal Procedures
- Ovariohysterectomy (Spay)
- Thoracic Procedures
- Upper Respiratory Procedures
- Urogenital Procedure
Surgery, What To Expect
We do all we can to make the surgery experience more comfortable for you and your pet. Prior to sugery, the doctor will discuss your pet's condition with you and treatment options available. If surgery is indicated and you're prepared to move ahead, we can admit your pet to the hospital that same day or assist you in scheduling surgery at a later time. You'll be asked to sign a Consent to Treat form, which includes estimated costs, barring complications. Please see our Hospital Payment Policy. Please also bring any special diets and/or medications your pet is currently taking with you to all appointments along with instructions so we are sure to meet all of your pet's needs.
Leaving Your Pet
Your pet's surgery will be scheduled the day of admission after doctors complete their rounds or the next day based on pre-operative work-ups. In rare instances, life-or-death emergencies reschedule healthy pets' elective surgery. We don't consider emergencies 'walk-ins.' Everyone needs an appointment, even if it's an 'emergency' appointment. What matters is giving every patient the attention it needs. By the way, tuck your pet in before you leave - it's reassuring to all!
Your pet enters recovery following surgery. Your doctor will then update you on surgery and its aftermath. During your pet's hospitalization, our referral coordinator or your doctor will call in updates between 8:30 and 10:00 a.m.