General Anesthesia & Pet Surgery

Anesthesia:  Our objective is to provide your pet with the safest approach to general anesthesia with emphasis on multimodal pain management. We utilize general anesthesia coupled with multi-nodal pain management that is initiated pre-operatively, and maintained both intra- and post-operatively. Anesthesia protocols, monitoring systems, and equipment are reviewed annually by a board-certified veterinary anesthesiologist to ensure the safest possible anesthesia protocols.

This starts with pre-anesthetic blood testing and a thorough physical exam prior to anesthesia. Individual protocols are catered to each patient’s unique health considerations and anesthetic needs. Each anesthetized patient has an IV catheter and continuous observation and monitoring by our trained nursing team.

Elective Surgeries:  We perform elective surgeries Mon-Fri. Most of our surgeries are sent home same-day. Skin sutures are buried and dissolve over time, negating the necessity for subsequent suture removal.

Spay/Neuter: When to spay? When to neuter?

There is no straightforward answer to this question as there are many variables. Breed, behavior, medical risk factors and anticipated activities are all considerations that should be discussed with our doctors prior to making this decision. The new puppy exam is a good time for this discussion.

Please call ahead to schedule pre-operative blood work and a surgery time.

Corrective Surgeries: Our experienced veterinarians and team are well suited to provide for most surgeries that your pet may need in our state of the art surgical facilities. We commonly treat wounds, remove masses, perform GI surgery/foreign body removal, and cystotomy, among other procedures. Dr. Scott Gustafson, DVM, DACVS performs more advanced or specialized surgical procedures at our hospital and provides regenerative and minimally invasive options for our patients.

Wound repair: Lacerations, bite wounds, abscesses etc. are frequent non-elective procedures requiring timely intervention for the best outcome.

Mass Removal: A visible mass is always concerning and should be examined right away. Appropriate tissue sampling and laboratory evaluation may be recommended. We will schedule surgery appropriate to the procedure.

Foreign Body Removal: When your pet ingests an object causing risk of obstruction, bowel perforation, toxin absorption; surgery is often necessary. Our experienced surgeons will discuss risk factors and proceed to a timely resolution. (See the saga of Ash at our Blog)

Cystotomy: When diet/medical management is unsuccessful, surgery is the best option for bladder stone removal. The size and quantity of uroliths determine whether cystotomy is a straightforward surgery or an intricate, time-consuming procedure. Each case is unique requiring careful preoperative planning. We always submit uroliths for mineral analysis to help provide the best postoperative management recommendations.

Gastropexy: We use this procedure to stabilizes the stomach and minimize the chance that the stomach will rotate causing a life-threatening gastric displacement (gastric dilatation and volvulus). Breeds at greatest risk are large dogs with deep chests such as Retrievers and German Shepherds.

Splenectomy: Intra-abdominal bleeding can be due to the rupture of a splenic mass. Often life-threatening, such bleeding can be caused by a malignant tumor in the spleen. Surgery is indicated to control the bleeding and remove the mass. Prior to surgery, we recommend a chest X-ray to assess metastasis. We also provide in-house ultrasound for detailed evaluation of abdominal masses. These images are uploaded and read by a board certified radiologist.

In addition to spay and neuter surgery procedures and orthopedic procedures, we also offer emergency pet surgery services for pet’s that need immediate, unscheduled operations. For more information on our surgical procedures and your pet’s health, contact us today.