Veterinary Surgery at Suburban
At some point, surgery may be required to support the health of your pet. While this experience can be stressful, the end result is one that improves the quality of life for both you and your pet.
What You Can Expect
Before every surgery, we review the entire process from start to finish, answering your questions, and explaining the procedure’s details. Post-surgery, we notify you once your pet has woken up and kept you informed of their condition.
We also provide a post-surgical home care form detailing how to care for your pet following a procedure.
Anesthesia and Pain Management
All surgery includes the need for anesthesia and pain management. Modern anesthetics are very safe, and we perform a full physical and bloodwork to evaluate anesthetic risk.
During surgery, we monitor your pet using special procedures tailored specifically to your pet’s needs. These can include:
- Heart rate
- Respiratory rate
- Doppler blood pressure
- Oxygen levels
Post-surgery, we tailor pain management to each patient. This can include pain medications or even pain patches that will help maintain your pet’s comfort level during recovery.
At Suburban Animal Hospital, we provide a full range of necessary surgical procedures, including:
- Spaying and Neutering: Removing the ovaries (spaying) or testicles (neutering) will help prevent females’ heat cycles and prevent reproduction. Spaying is a more complicated, invasive procedure than neutering. Both spaying and neutering are important for female and male pets. Your veterinarian will discuss the ideal time to spay or neuter your pet.
- Soft Tissue Surgery: This includes procedures that do not involve bones or joints, including abdominal, bladder and urethral, eye and face, cardiovascular, and wound repair procedures.
- Orthopedic Surgery: This kind of surgery involves the repair of bones and joints. We do simple fracture repair and joint surgery. For more complicated procedures, a referral to a board-certified veterinary surgeon may be necessary.
- Tumor and Growth Removal: Procedures for removing tumors can be done for health or cosmetic reasons, depending on the nature of the growth. When we remove a growth, the procedure is followed by testing to determine whether a growth is benign or cancerous; we can provide follow-up treatment recommendations.
- Dewclaw Removal: If your dog is born with extra toes on the rear feet, your veterinarian may recommend their removal, so they do not get caught on objects or become infected.