Carlson Animal Hospital is highly experienced and performs a wide variety of veterinary surgeries ranging from elective to complex, including:
- Spays (ovariohysterectomy) and neuters (castration)
- Wound and laceration repair and care
- Dental (teeth cleaning, extraction, and oral surgery)
- Abdominal surgery
- Mass removals
- ACL repair and other orthopedics
- Thyroid surgeries
- Foreign body removal
- Biopsies and cancer care
As with all that we do, we are constantly updating our knowledge, exploring the latest procedures, research, and protocols. Your beloved pet is in good hands with Carlson Animal Hospital.
What to Expect When Your Pet Has Surgery
While today’s surgical procedures are amazingly safe, we understand it’s upsetting to have your pet undergo surgery. It’s natural to feel nervous about the process and the outcome. Our team is aware of this and will keep you informed, hopefully easing some of your concerns. We take our responsibility for your pet’s safety and well-being very seriously.
We ask that you drop your pet off the morning of surgery for a pre-surgical exam. We have most often, done blood work, urinalysis, physical examination and any other diagnostics prior to admission for surgery. We do this to carefully assess any contraindications or potential complications that might be associated with anesthesia. Our anesthesia protocol is adjusted to fit each and every pet’s special needs. We will verify that anesthesia, surgery, and any required pain medication or antibiotics will be safe for your pet. Your pet will be placed in a Baer Hugger, a warm air filled heated blanket, to help normalize the core body temperature. Pre-warming helps your pet maintain a normal body temperature during anesthesia, minimizing anesthetic complications.
Next, we bring your pet to our surgery suite, where a highly trained team consisting of frequently four to five specifically trained staff. A veterinarian will place an intravenous catheter, administer and monitor the anesthesia protocol specifically chosen for your pet. We offer the state-of-the-art computerized monitoring equipment that automatically integrates real-time data into our medical software program. A veterinary technician will begin intravenous fluid therapy, and any other necessary measures to prevent pain during your pet’s procedure under direct veterinarian supervision. A veterinarian and veterinary assistant/technician will carefully monitor your pet throughout the surgery. Surgery will be performed under standard sterile technique.
Once we have completed the surgery, we will settle your pet into our recovery-intensive care unit, wrapped again in a Baer Hugger to maintain body temperature, facilitating healing. We will then call you and let you know that your pet is in recovery and to discuss the surgical findings. During the call, we schedule a discharge appointment. Many surgeries are outpatient, but on occasion your pet may need to be monitored overnight. At the discharge meeting, we review and give you a complete discharge sheet that we have prepared for your pet. The discharge sheet outlines the surgery and anesthesia protocol, as well as post-surgical care instructions for you to use when caring for your pet at home.