We offer a variety of surgical procedures including minimally invasive surgeries, soft tissue surgeries, dental surgeries and orthopedic surgeries. For many surgeries, we use absorbable sutures underneath the skin. These will dissolve on their own, and do not need to be removed later. Some surgeries, especially tumor removals, do require skin stitches.
Soft Tissue Surgery
Soft tissue injuries can be the damage of a pet’s muscle, tendon or ligament in the body. These injuries often occur from a strain, sprain, contusion or overuse of a certain body part. These injuries result in pain, swelling, bruising or loss of function and can lead to other complications if left untreated.
We understand that surgeries of all kinds for your furry friend can be scary. We take every precaution to ensure a successful surgery for your pet. Our dental surgeries are offered for multiple complications. These procedures include periodontal surgeries, tooth extractions, restorative dentistry, palate surgeries and other procedures based on the pet’s condition and needs.
Pre-Anesthetic Blood Work
Preanesthetic blood testing is important in reducing the risk of anesthesia. Every pet can benefit from blood testing before surgery to ensure that the liver and kidneys can handle the anesthetic. Even apparently healthy animals can have serious organ system problems that cannot be detected without blood testing. If there is a problem, it is much better to find it before it causes anesthetic or surgical complications.
Pain medications needed will depend on the surgery performed. Major procedures require more pain relief than things like minor lacerations. Providing whatever pain relief is appropriate is a humane and caring thing to do for your pet.
For dogs, we may recommend an oral non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication the day after surgery and several days after to lessen the risk of discomfort and swelling. We use newer medications, which are less likely to cause stomach upset and can be given even the morning of surgery.
Because cats do not tolerate standard pain medications such as Aspirin, Ibuprofen, or Tylenol, we are limited in what we can give them. Recent advances in pain medications have allowed for better pain control in cats than ever before. We administer a pain injection 10 minutes prior to surgery. After surgery, pain medication is given on a case by case basis. Any animal that appears painful will receive additional pain medication.