If Your Pet Needs Surgery, Our Hospital’s Experts Are Ready
There may be times when your pet needs surgery to correct or avoid a health problem. Mendon Village Animal Hospital’s experienced veterinarians can perform most surgical procedures your pet may need, including:
- Spay and neuter
- Laceration and wound repair
- Dental procedures
- Tumor removal
- Caesarian section
- Soft tissue procedures (foreign body or cystotomy)
- Cruciate repair
Before any surgery is scheduled, we present you with a treatment plan detailing the anticipated procedures and the associated fees.
Surgery Performed With Compassion for Your Pet
We will schedule your pet for his or her surgical procedure in the morning. Your pet will rest comfortably in the afternoon while continuing to be monitored. In most cases, he or she will be ready to go home with you that evening.
Most surgery is performed under general anesthesia. During any procedure, we keep your pet comfortable with our warming system and his or her vital signs are continually measured with numerous heart and respiratory monitors.
A licensed veterinary technician and a veterinarian will both be with your pet at all times. We observe and record blood pressure, heart rate, blood oxygen level, body temperature, and respiratory rate.
Our dedicated surgical suite conforms to the rigorous safety and quality standards necessary for AAHA certification. In fact, many of the same protocols and procedures used in human hospitals are employed during every procedure in our hospital. To help avoid unnecessary risks, we take every precaution to anticipate and minimize complications. All pets scheduled for surgery receive:
- A thorough physical examination
- Pre-anesthetic blood tests to make sure they are healthy enough for surgery; if necessary, procedures are adjusted accordingly
- Pre-anesthetic medications
- An IV catheter to allow direct access to a vein should any additional medication be needed during the procedure and to administer fluid therapy
Pain medication is given during most procedures and through the recovery phase. When your pet goes home, we also will give you medication to administer. Managing pain ensures that your pet is as comfortable as possible and will have a quicker recovery.
Spaying or Neutering Your Pet
Spaying and neutering procedures are beneficial for several potential health concerns:
- Spaying your dog before her first heat cycle reduces her chances of mammary cancer and uterine infections.
- Neutering your dog lessens the possibility of prostate problems, as well as negating the risk of testicular cancer.
- Spayed and neutered pets are less apt to escape and go off on their own. Roaming pets are far more likely to get into fights with other animals or to be involved in accidents that cause traumatic injuries.
- Neutered or spayed pets are less aggressive and more even-tempered.
- Sterilization of your cat or dog increases the probability that your pet will live a longer, healthier life. On average, canine lifespans can increase 1–3 years and cats may live 3–5 years longer.