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Surgery

Surgery

With over 45 years of combined surgery experience, Dr. Bert & Dr. Rachael are versed in surgical procedures such as foreign body removal, GI surgery, tumor/mass removals, spay/neuters, removal of bladder stones,  gallbladder removal, abdominal surgery, ophthalmologic, orthopedic surgeries and more. 

 

Every precaution is taken to make sure your pet is safe under anesthesia. Their oxygen content (pulse oximetry), blood pressure, EKG, temperature, heart rate and respiration rate are monitored by a dedicated technician. This technician is able to respond to any changes. Every patient has an IV catheter placed for quick administration of injections such as pain medications and antibiotics. IV fluids are run to keep normal blood pressure and perfusion which is vital to a patient's safety. To combat low body temperature that occurs naturally during surgery, a "Hot Dog" body warmer and a warm air blanket (Bair Hugger) are used to maintain a normal temperature. This facilitates faster recovery and healing. 

Dog Portrait

Perioperative Pain Management

We are very proactive with pain management and use a multi-modal approach to  prevent and reduce pain from different pathways. Pre-operative pain management, local anesthetic blocks (numbing agents), epidurals (procedure dependent) and post operative pain medications are used to keep your pet happy and comfortable. Laser therapy and acupuncture are adjunctive pain therapy modalities that also help ease the pain. 

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