We have a complete surgical suite on site where our experienced surgeons perform surgery on a regular basis, including ovariohysterectomies (spays), orchiectomies (neuters), lump removals, cystotomies, exploratory surgeries, and a range of other soft-tissue and orthopedic surgeries. When appropriate, we refer our patients to specialists (board certified veterinary surgeons) to perform complex surgical operations.
All of our spay and neuter surgeries include the following items in the price:
- Complimentary Microchip
- IV fluids /subcutaneous fluids during and after surgery
- Pain medication while in the hospital
- Analgesics for administration at home during the early post-op recovery period
What to expect the day of a surgical procedure?
We will provide you with detailed drop off and fasting instructions that are specific to your pet, at the time of booking a surgical procedure. For routine procedures, these include withholding any food including treats after midnight. Access to water is okay. We request that our surgery patients are dropped off between 8-8:30 a.m.
Upon admission, we will record the current body weight of your pet, and we will complete a pre-surgical physical examination. To enhance the safety of your pet, we recommend pre-anesthetic blood testing on all our patients so that we can better assess the ability of their liver and kidneys to handle the anesthesia and surgery. Click here for more information on Pre-surgical Preparation and Testing
Once the results of any testing are available, we will prepare the patient for surgery by giving a sedative, which makes them a little sleepy. Next, we place an intravenous catheter, start the IV fluids, and induce general anesthesia with an intravenous injection. Typically, we place an endotracheal tube (breathing tube) down the trachea and administer oxygen mixed with a controlled level of a gas anesthetic agent.
Pain medication is administered prior to surgery and again during surgery to minimize any pain on recovery. We have a veterinary technician who is dedicated to monitoring the patient closely during the entire general anesthetic and surgical period.
At the end of the surgical procedure, we trim our patient’s nails, and do any other requested minor procedures such as inserting a microchip beneath the skin if a spay or neuter procedure was performed.
Our patients recover with “hot rocks” heat packs and warm blankets, and they are monitored by a technician until they are able to sit or stand up. We assess them frequently to ensure that their levels of pain medication are appropriate, and they are kept in the recovery area where they are able to rest without disturbance. Our surgical technician checks their vital signs as necessary throughout the afternoon. If the patient is hospitalized overnight, they will be assessed by the attending veterinarian in the morning, and their vital signs will be monitored by the technician team as directed by the veterinarian.
When it comes time to pick your pet up, one of our staff will discharge your pet and go over the at-home care instructions. Feel free to ask as many questions as you would like! In addition to our verbal instructions, we will provide you with written information for future reference. For general information about post-operative exercise for your dog click here, and for post-operative incision care, click here for your dog, or click here for your cat.