Surgery, Anesthesia and Patient Monitoring

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When your pet requires surgery it can be a scary and stressful time. Making sure our patients remain safe during surgery and other medical procedures is extremely important to us. Our team of veterinarians and technicians is skilled in using anesthesia and monitoring patients to ensure their safety and provide the most comfortable experience. Anesthesia and patient monitoring can vary greatly from clinic to clinic. You can be confident that we use the most effective and up-to-date protocols and state of the art monitoring equipment. They type of anesthesia we use depends on the patient and the procedure they are undergoing. Some require general anesthesia, while others may only call for local anesthesia. We closely monitor every patient before, during and after every procedure, regardless of whether it is routine or more advanced.

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A surgical veterinary technician will be with your pet from the time anesthesia is administered until the time her or she is able to sit up unassisted.  We continually monitor heart rate, EKG, respiratory rate, blood oxygen level, carbon dioxide level, blood pressure, temperature, pulse quality, and capillary refill time.  This allows us to identify any problem and address it before it becomes dangerous to the patient.  No matter what procedure the pet is undergoing patient monitoring is our top priority.

Our experienced veterinarians provide many surgical services at our clinic, ranging from routine to advanced procedures.  We are able to perform routine surgical procedures such as spays, neuters, tumor removals, aural hematoma repair, abscess repair, and laceration repairs.  We are also able to perform some more complex procedures such as hernia repair, cystotomy, and intestinal foreign body removal, just to list a few.

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Because we want to ensure that our patients receive the best possible outcome, we occasionally refer them to specialists (board-certified veterinary surgeons) to perform more complex procedures when advanced equipment or training will be beneficial.  We work with several board-certified veterinary surgeons that are able to come to our hospital to perform these procedures.  This allows your pet to be stay under the care and supervision of his or her familiar, primary care doctor and still benefit form the expertise of a board-certified veterinary surgeon.  Our veterinarians are able to examine your pet before surgery, administer anesthetics according to of safety protocols, monitor all your pets’ vital signs throughout the procedure and continue with post-operative are after the procedure is complete.