A Wide Range of Surgical Procedures for a Wide Range of Needs
We are pleased to offer a wide variety of surgical options for our patients, including relationships with board certified surgical specialists who can work with our team to perform surgery right here in our hospital. Our doctors perform surgeries every week on dogs, cats, birds, reptiles, pocket pets and exotics. The idea of surgery, especially when it’s your pet, can cause all of us some anxiety, but you’ll feel much better knowing that your pet is in skilled, experienced hands throughout his/her surgical procedure.
We follow AAHA standards for care, cleanliness and pain management to ensure your pet is as safe and comfortable as possible before, during and after his/her procedure.
Some of the more common pet surgeries we perform include:
- Spay and Neuter Surgery
- Oral / Dental Surgery
- Declaw Surgery
- Lump / Mass Removals
- Fracture Repairs
- Laceration Repairs
- Abdominal Surgery
- Orthopedic Surgery
- Soft Tissue Surgery
Before Your Pet’s Surgery
Elective surgical procedures should be scheduled in advance, as they require a block of time on a surgery/anesthetic procedures day. A pre-anesthesia workup, including an exam and labwork, is required prior to the day of the dental cleaning. We want to ensure your pet is healthy enough for general anesthesia. Labwork should be done no more than 30 days prior and no less than 1 day prior. Our caring staff would be happy to help you figure out the right timing for all of this for your pet.
Emergency procedures will be scheduled when it is necessary and appropriate for the patient and as we are able, to ensure the procedure is as safe as possible for them.
“We had the best experience here. Our 16 year old cat (Casey) needed surgery for a cyst on his head, and Dr. Jennrich was wonderful. Casey warmed up to him right away and he answered all of our questions, making us feel very comfortable. He also got the procedure done quickly and called us right after, telling us Casey was doing great. The rest of the staff was also very friendly and accommodating. Como Park is definitely our vet of choice!”
What to Expect on the Day of a Surgical Procedure
Even if you’ve had a pet have surgery before, you may not know exactly what went on that day. If this is an elective procedure, your pet’s surgical procedure has been planned for ahead of time. We ran labwork, maybe did some x-rays to evaluate their readiness for anesthesia. You scheduled a day to bring them in and leave them in our care. Hopefully you set up a intake appointment to go over consent forms and treatments plans at the beginning of the day. If it was not a planned procedure than labwork will be run in the hospital STAT and then reviewed by the doctor to ensure that surgery and anesthesia are as safe as possible for your pet at this time as possible.
- Pets are admitted for surgery the morning of (or if you need, the evening before, with any appointment). We set aside 10-15 minutes just for a member of the surgical team to sit down with you to make sure you understand the procedure(s) recommended, go over consent forms and waivers, go over the intended treatment plan and cost, and answer any other questions you may have.
- After you leave, your pet is brought to our treatment area where he/she is weighed, his/her temperature is taken, and the doctor does a pre-anesthesia exam and review of his/her history to be sure he/she is ready for anesthesia today. An IV catheter is placed so that medications and fluids can be safely administered as needed throughout the day. Sometimes a sedative is given if the doctor feels it will make their wait more comfortable.
- A team will be with your pet through the anesthesia and surgical procedure. Your pet’s veterinarian oversees the anesthesia and performs the surgery itself. A certified veterinary technician administers anesthesia, monitors the pet’s vitals and reports to the veterinarian, and assists the veterinarian with the surgery as needed. Often an additiona veterinary technician or highly trained technician is on hand to assist with anything that may come up during and following the surgery. This team will remain with your pet until he/she is recovered from anesthesia.
- When everyone is ready to begin, an anesthetic is administered, your pet is gently laid on a special heated table (which helps maintain his/her body temperature during surgery, keeping him/her safe). An endotracheal tube is placed to preserve your pet’s airway and minimize the risk of aspirating saliva or regurgitated stomach contents during the procedure. Your pet’s anesthesia is maintained with an inhaled anesthetic through that tube. Specialized monitoring equipment is put in place to monitor your pet’s heartbeat, temperature, blood pressure, breathing rate, oxygen and CO2 saturation levels; these are monitored and recorded throughout the procedure. A special electrolyte fluid solution is administered through the IV catheter to replace fluids lost during anesthesia, increase the bodies ability to secrete waste anesthesia after the procedure, and reduce the risk of dehydration.
- Following the surgery, your pet is taken off anesthesia and placed in a warm soft bed in a protected area while he/she wakes up from the anesthesia. A veterinary technician remains with him/her until the endotracheal tube can safely be removed and he/she can breath and swallow reliably on his/her own. He/she will remain in a safe warm place until he/she is discharged to you later in the day. Meanwhile the veterinarian will contact you relay what was found and done during the procedure and make a plan for your pet to be discharged to go home.
- Then the veterinary technician and the veterinarian make detailed records of the procedure in the medical record, and the veterinarian makes a post-operative plan for patients staying in the hospital after surgery. Discharge instructions and medications are made for your specific pet’s procedure and post surgical needs to go over at discharge.
We will call or email you in the days following surgery to see how your pet is recovering and healing at home, make sure any questions are answered, and set up a follow up check. Often if the pet is doing well, this check will just be to remove surgical sutures and ensure surface incisions are healing well.
Need to Schedule Your Pet for Surgery? Call Us Today!
If your beloved companion is in need of surgery, contact us at (651) 487-3255 today to schedule a consultation, evaluation and surgery!
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