Before Your Pet’s Surgery
We start with pre-anesthetic blood testing to make sure they are in good health and can recover smoothly. Your pet’s surgical team is comprised of your veterinarian, a licensed veterinary technician and a veterinary assistant, all of whom have undergone extensive training and stay at your pet’s side throughout the entire procedure.
We place an IV Catheter for fluids or IV medications that may need to be administered and so we have access to a vein at all times. IV fluids are used in many of our surgical and dentistry procedures to help your pet stay hydrated and process the anesthesia.
During Your Pet’s Surgery
During the entire procedure, your pet is kept warm with a circulating warm water pad or warm air blanket. Your pet’s body temperature, heart rate, respiration rate, blood pressure, and oxygen saturation are monitored continuously and recorded every five minutes. Once the procedure is complete your pet will remain on a warming pad to keep them comfortable while our team sits with them until they are completely awake.
Pain control is an important part of our care plans and any pet undergoing a surgical or dental procedure receives pain medication.
The use of our surgical laser helps decrease pain, as well as bleeding and swelling. We use this piece of equipment for most of our surgical procedures because it makes such a difference in the comfort of your pet.
Class IV Therapy Laser
After most surgeries, including oral surgery, our team will use our therapy laser on your pet’s incisions. Our Class IV therapy laser is a non-invasive, cool to the touch laser that uses different wavelengths of light to penetrate tissues to aid the healing process and decrease inflammation.
Our doctors are highly experienced in a vast array of surgical procedures such as:
- Spays and Neuters
- Declaws using our surgical laser
- Lump removals
- Eye, Nose, and Throat surgeries
- Abdominal surgeries on the internal organs, intestinal tract, and urinary system
- Orthopedic Surgeries to repair injuries, genetic abnormalities, and fix bone fractures
- Surgical Inseminations
- Caesarian sections
- Emergency surgeries
A thorough physical exam provides our doctors a tremendous amount of information, but sometimes it doesn’t give us all the answers we need. Our in house lab equipment helps us find out what’s going on inside your pet.
Blood and urine tests can catch early signs of disease before symptoms even start. Treating diseases early can make a remarkable difference in the long term health of your pet. Getting a baseline lab screening early in life is important so we can identify what is normal for your pet.
We check blood work on all pets that undergo anesthesia for a surgical or dental procedure to make sure they are in good health and can recover smoothly.
We recommend annual screenings for adults and twice yearly screenings for our senior dogs and cats and those pets that have chronic illnesses or are on certain medications. This helps us catch changes early and modify our treatment plan to help your pet live the longest, healthiest, happiest life possible.
While lab results can tell us what’s going on inside your pet, our X-ray units allow us to actually see it. We use dental and full body x-ray machines that immediately produce images that our doctors can interpret onsite.
Should your pet need to follow up with a specialist, the digital machines we use allow us to send those images in an instant so there is no delay in your pet getting the care they need when they need it.
We use our ultrasound machine to view your pet’s organs, in a format similar to video. We can measure size, see densities, and even watch the heart pump and see blood flow. Our ultrasound is digital, so we can send full ultrasound studies, or images to specialists that may provide additional insight or provide follow up care should your pet require it.
We want to provide exceptional care to you and your pet. That’s why, in addition to our big equipment, we also have smaller tools that can diagnose eye, skin, and urinary conditions within minutes.
Having hospitals with a full range of diagnostic instruments means that we can customize the care your pet receives during your visit, giving us immediate answers, and allowing us to start treatment immediately. It gives our veterinarians great peace of mind to be able to provide advanced diagnostics in house and quickly.
Our fully stocked pharmacy allows us to treat illnesses right away and provide preventive medications to keep your pet healthy. We have a large variety of treatment options at our disposal, from emergency drugs to injectable medications that start working immediately and provide long term care to oral medications that you can take home.
We work with compounding pharmacies that can turn many of your pet’s medications into a form or flavor that makes it easier to give. In addition to prescription medications we also carry therapeutic diets that offer specific nutritional support for many diseases and chronic conditions.
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