Our surgery services range from routine spay and neutering services to the more complex clinical surgical procedures, American Pet Hospital always operates with safety in mind. We utilize many of the same safety precautions and measures as human hospitals. We perform most of the pre-surgery blood work in our in-house lab, and are able to make sure your pet is health enough for the procedure.
We will address any pre-surgical abnormalities prior to the surgery, modifying drug selections and sometimes will even postpone or cancel the procedure until our surgical team feels it is deemed safe enough to perform.
In addition to common surgical procedures such as ovariohysterectomy (spay), castration, and declawing of cats, we provide experienced orthopedic, soft tissue, laser and radio surgery.
- Dental cleaning and procedures
- Mass removals
- Wound care
- Gastrointestinal and urinary bladder procedures
- Basic ophthalmic and orthopedic procedures
Preparing for your pet’s surgery
Give your pet its normal meal and medication the night before surgery and then withhold all food after 9pm. Bring your pet to the hospital at your scheduled time to meet with the technician or veterinarian to answer any last minute questions, address any concerns and sign consent forms. Don’t forget any personal items from home to have placed with your pet. A discharge appointment to go over home care will be scheduled at this time as well.
What happens during surgery
After admission, your pet with be examined by a veterinarian and his medical records reviewed. An anesthetic protocol is created to ensure a safe and smooth surgery and recovery and your pet is given a sedative to alleviate stress. A breathing tube is placed into the trachea and a general anesthesia is administered while your pet is prepped for surgery. Depending on the type of surgery, your pet may be prepped with a short shave, surgical scrub and hooked up to anesthetic monitors. Oxygen, heart, respiratory rates, and temperature are all monitored for the duration of surgery. A blanket warmer is placed with your pet to keep him comfortable. A technician will monitor your pet during the entire procedure, post surgery and throughout the day.
After care at home
We keep most of our surgery patients overnight and discharge at your scheduled time. Keep your pet in a quiet, comfortable, dry, stress free location when he gets home. Dogs with an incision should be leash walked for 5-7 days post surgery. At the discharge appointment, you will receive specific instructions depending on your pet’s surgical procedure.