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Your Pet's Surgery

Comfort & Compassion

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We understand that the decision to allow your beloved companion to undergo surgery is never an easy one. Despite the confidence we have in our abilities and state-of-the-art surgical suite, we know that surgery is difficult for both you and your pet. This is why we work as hard as we do to ensure your pet's procedure is as comfortable and stress free as possible. The veterinarians and technicians at The Family Pet Clinic approach this aspect of our profession with a deep sense of compassion for all animals.

The veterinary staff at The Family Pet Clinic truly believes that our personal attention to you and your pet is what makes our surgical services unique.

Surgical Services

Advancements in veterinary technology have made surgical procedures far safer than ever before. The Family Pet Clinic has a complete surgery suite and is dedicated to providing your pet with the highest quality surgical care possible.

It is in your best interests to have a wide array of surgical services offered from your pet's health care provider. It is equally as important for you and your pet to receive care in a friendly and welcoming facility from people you both have come to know in order to reduce stress and promote healing. The Family Pet Clinic ensures you receive both.

As with our soft tissue surgeries, we maintain a close relationship with a local board certified veterinary orthopedic surgeon, should your pet require the care of a specialist. In all, it is our goal to provide you and your pet with the best and most appropriate surgical care possible.

Anesthesia & Monitoring

Ensuring the health and safety of your pet during surgery is of the utmost importance and requires an anesthetic and monitoring regimen that adheres to the highest principles and ideals of veterinary medicine. At The Family Pet Clinic, your pet has access to state-of-the-art anesthetic administration and cardiovascular monitoring equipment and protocols.

Prior to surgery, your pet is examined and a pre-surgical blood screen is performed. The results of these tests, along with your pet's past anesthetic history, breed, preexisting conditions and age, are used to create an individualized anesthesia protocol.

The following is a list and explanation of each test included in our pre-anesthetic lab profile:

Complete Blood Count (CBC): This is a group of parameters that reveal the number, percentage and overall health of the white, red, and platelet blood cells.

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Blood Urea Nitrogen (BUN): This test checks kidney and liver function, which are two of the organs involved in processing anesthesia medication.

Creatinine: This is another test of kidney function that measures a waste product from the muscle that is cleared by the kidney.

Alanine Amino Transferase (ALT): This test can provide important information about your pet's liver and pancreatic function.

Blood Glucose: This test will highlight the nutritional status of your pet and can reveal potential problems with recovery from anesthesia.

Total Protein: Protein is necessary for many things including blood clotting, controlling inflammation and incision healing after surgery.

Clotting Time: This test will ensure that your pets blood will clot in the appropriate amount of time.

Electrocardiogram (EKG): This can reveal pets who may experience heart problems under the stress of anesthesia and can call attention to those needing closer monitoring during surgery.

While under anesthesia your pet is cared for by a well-trained and experienced veterinary technician using our monitoring system, which tracks blood pressure, heart rate, respiratory rate, body temperature, and oxygen level.

Pain Management

We all know that pain hurts, but pain has many other detrimental effects on the body. It slows healing, decreases activity, causes behavior changes (such as aggression, anxiety, and depression), it worsens diseases like arthritis and potentially some cancers. Pain interferes with the bond between you and your pet.

In order to combat those effects, we use an advanced, multimodal protocol to prevent and treat pain in your pet. Whenever possible, we use a combination of local anesthetics, NSAIDs (non-steroid anti-inflammatory medications), and narcotic pain relievers.

Postoperative Care

As your pet is being discharged from the hospital, you will be provided with detailed information on how to properly care for your pet at home after surgery. We are also happy to answer any questions or concerns that may arise once you get your pet home.

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