Our state-of-the-art surgical suite provides for the performance of a wide variety of surgical procedures. We perform soft tissue and orthopedic procedures. LASER (Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission Radiation) is used routinely for many surgeries.
Benefits to LASER surgery
As it cuts, the laser seals small blood vessels. This drastic reduction in bleeding enables a number of new surgical procedures that are not practical with conventional scalpel.
The CO2 laser beam seals nerve endings and lymphatics, resulting in less edema and pain. The patient experiences a far more comfortable post-operative recovery.
Reduced risk of infection:
This is one of the unique features of the CO2 laser beam. It efficiently kills bacteria in its path, producing a sterilizing effect.
Quicker recovery time:
Reduced risk of infection, less bleeding, less pain and less swelling often allow the patient a far quicker recovery after the surgery. Read more..
Many times, pet owners feel some anxiety about procedures that require anesthesia. We utilize the safest available anesthetics to provide an extra margin of safety, especially for our older or high-risk patients. Using the most modern equipment, the patient’s vital signs (blood pressure, oxygen saturation, continuous EKG) are monitored during all anesthetic procedures. It is important to fully understand what will happen to your pet, which is why we are happy to answer any and all questions you may have.
Although complications are always possible, our high standard of care significantly lessens the risks. To ensure that your pet’s liver and kidneys are functioning properly (they’ll need to be in tip top shape in order to eliminate anesthetic waste and identify any conditions that could lead to possible complications), we require that all pets undergoing an anesthetic procedure have pre-surgical bloodwork done.
We recommend bringing your pet in at least 3 days before the procedure for their bloodwork, so that we can send it over to a local lab which will be much cheaper than performing the test in house on the same day as the surgery. Once you have an understanding of the risks, you will be given a form to sign acknowledging your understanding and consent.
For more information on the AAHA standards which we are certified to uphold, click here.
Preparing My Pet Before Surgery
You will be given a set of instructions to follow before your pet’s surgery but we have listed below some things you should be prepared to do:
Fasting before anesthesia
Fasting is required if your pet is to receive anesthesia. Anesthesia drugs will stop your pet’s swallowing reflex and if your pet vomits from the drugs, there is a risk of aspirating, or inhaling, the vomit into the lungs. This may lead to aspiration pneumonia, which can be fatal. Please remove your pet’s food so they do not have anything to eat after 9pm and their water so they do not have anything to drink after midnight.
Leading up to surgery
Ask our veterinarians if your pet needs to take his medication the morning of the surgery. Please drop your pet off between 8 and 9 am on the day they are scheduled for their procedure.
While at the Clinic
You will need to fill out several documents before you leave and sign them acknowledging you have read and understood the documents. We want you to fully understand why the procedure is taking place and what to expect, so if anything is unclear, feel free to ask.
Caring for My Pet After Surgery
Immediately after surgery is when most complications occur, so be sure to follow all of the instructions given to you for rehabilitation and recovery. You will once again be given a list of do’s and don’ts and if you feel that you will be unable to carry out a certain part of the at-home care of your pet, please let us know. A few hours after the surgery, your pet may still feel the effects of anesthesia, so be sure to find a quiet place for your pet to rest. Recovery times will vary depending on the procedure and following up with the veterinarian is critical. Don’t hesitate to call or bring your pet in sooner if you see anything concerning, we are always here to help.