SURGERY


Our surgical suite is equipped with a heated surgery table, which allows for less heat loss during anesthesia and surgery, and promotes better anesthetic stability and quicker recovery times.

Routine surgeries such as spays, neuters, gastrointestinal, urinary, and other soft tissue surgeries are performed by our veterinarian. Specialized surgical procedures requiring additional training, such as orthopedic or neurosurgical procedures, are performed on a case by case basis by a highly trained, board eligible, surgeon.

Our anesthetic machine is equipped with an isofluorane vaporizer, which is one of the safest gas anesthetics in the medical field. Our anesthetic protocols are highly tailored to each individual patient, and each individual procedure, and we have a wide variety of pain management, sedation, and anesthetic drugs at our disposal to avoid the all too common, and dangerous, “one size fits all” approach to anesthesia.

All of our surgical patients receive constant blood pressure, oxygen saturation, temperature, and EKG monitoring during their procedure. All anesthetic patients receive intravenuos fluids delivered through an infusion pump, via an IV catheter, during anesthesia. These measures are vital in anticipating, avoiding, and treating anesthetic complications if they arise.

Strict sterility is observed during surgery to avoid the risk of infection- sterile surgical packs, gowns, gloves, masks, booties, and caps are used for all surgeries.

During recovery from anesthesia, our patients are placed in well monitored, comfortable, well padded, recovery cages with circulating warm water pads and forced warm air blankets (Bair Huggers). Patients are continuously monitored by our nursing staff until they are fully recovered from their anesthetic.

The doctors and staff at Advanced Care Animal Hospital wish the same level of quality care and attention to detail for your pet as we do our own.

For this reason, we include several services during your surgery procedure that are not offered at many hospitals, such as:

• Intravenous fluids throughout the procedure to maintain adequate hydration and blood pressure, followed by one-hour post-operative fluid therapy

• Bloodwork prior to the procedure to check for organ dysfunction that might preclude anesthesia

• Induction of anesthesia with Valium and Propofol, a safer anesthetic drug, providing improved recovery

• Constant monitoring of your pet's blood pressure, oxygen level, heart rate, temperature, and breathing

• A Baer Hugger heating blanket filled with warm air to maintain optimum body temperature

• Two staff members at your pet's side at all times (including the doctor)

• Heated kennels for recovery, in full view of staff members who watch continuously as your pet wakes

• Analgesic (pain-relieving) medications, before and after, for optimum pain control

This is in addition to the standards expected of any hospital, including a complete physical exam prior to anesthesia, and a clotting time blood test to make sure any bleeding during surgery is minimal.

Any anesthetic procedure includes some risk, but with the extra level of care we provide, those risks are minimized as much as current veterinary knowledge will allow.