Surgery at Veterinary Care Center
Our veterinarians are available for the surgical needs of your pet.
When your pet needs surgery, you need to find a practice that can administer both compassionate and expert care to your beloved companion. Our veterinary surgeons and technicians are highly experienced in preforming a range of procedures with advanced skill and expertise for every one of our patients. From routine procedures, such as spaying or neutering, to more advanced and life-saving procedures, your pet will receive the best care possible with compassion and respect.
Our hospital is equipped with a state-of-art surgical suite, complete with vital monitoring, surgical laser, and cautery. Our surgical suite is kept completely sterile to prevent infection and cross contamination. Our surgical team wears caps and masks at times in the surgical suite, those involved in the procedure itself will also wear sterile gowns and gloves for the procedure. We carefully clean, sterilize and wrap all our surgical instruments and gowns prior to every procedure.
What to Expect Before Surgery at Veterinary Care Center
Before the surgery, our doctors will preform a pre-surgical assement and examination. At this visit, a pre-anesthetic blood panel will be ran on your pet as well as a full head to tail examination. Our veterinarian will then use the conclusions from the pre-surgery exam and the accompanying lab work to determine which methods to use during the procedure. Our veterinaria will discuss with you a custom treatment plan for your pet's prodedure and answer any questions you may have. Pain manangement and post-operative care is very important for the healing process, we design a comprehensive pain management and care strategie specific to your pet's size, breed, and condition.
The Day of Surgery
For most surgical procedures are considered "out-patient" where your pet will stay with us during the day and go home that evening. In some cases, such as orthopedic or complex procedures, your pet may need a stay overnight. You will check in for surgery in the morning, at this time our surgical technician will go over some surgical paperwork and answer any questions you have.
Our surgeon will perform a pre-surgical exam on your pet the morning of the procedure. Next the pet is prepped for surgery, this includes a mild sedation to help ease them while they are here. An intra-veinous (IV) catheter is placed in the arm, where medications and fluids are administered. The surgical site is shaved, cleaned, and sanitized in preparing for the surgery. Pets' are placed under general anesthesia with an endotracheal tube to ensure the delivery of anesthesia gas and to maintain proper airways during the procedure. Our surgical technician will stay with your pet during the whole procedure. They keep a close eye on your pet's vitals such as blood pressure, temperature, heart rate, respiration, blood-oxygen saturation. Our surgical technicians not only rely on electronic devices to monitor your pet, but also use their experience and sense of touch, hearing and sight to ensure the safety of your pet.
After the procedure, your pet will be placed in recovery. Pain medication will already have been given and sometimes a cold laser therapy has been administered, so when your pet wakes up from their surgery, they will be in the least amount of pain as possible. Our surgical technician will continue to monitor your pet and their vital signs until they are fully awake and able to sit or stand on their own. Sometimes its takes pets longer than others to wake up, but our techs won't leave their side until they do.
Most pets are ready to go home the same day as the procedure. When you arrive to pick up your pet, the surgical team will sit down with you to go over the procedure and discuss the post-operative care with you. Typically, we will want to recheck your pet in several days after the surgery to ensure that they are healing well.
Surgical Procedures at Veterinary Care Center
Visiting our hospital is the first step to learning more about how we stand out. We can answer any questions you may have about the procedure, so you can feel comfortable about your pet's care. It's Veterinary Care Center’s goal to give you all the advice you need to properly care for your pet from the moment they come home from the hosptial. Taking an all-around approach to surgical care is the best path to achieving better pet health, and we want our clients to feel as empowered as we do to help.
A practical list of surgeries that we preform includes (but not limited to):
- Ovariohysterectomy & Castration (Spay & Neuter)
- Lacerations & Abscesses
- Tumor Removal / Biopsies
- Cystomomy (Bladder Stone Removal)
- Foregin Body Removal
- Abdominal & Intestinal Surgery
- Spleenectomy (Spleen Removal)
- Pyometras (Uterine Infections)
- Stomach Surgery - Tumor, Obstructions, Torsions
- General Soft Tissue
- Orthopedic Procedues (with GSVLMA)
- Hernia Repairs
- Tooth Extractions