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From routine spays or neuters, to orthopedic and emergency surgeries, our doctors are qualified to perform a wide range of procedures. If your pet needs specialized care, we work closely with board certified surgeons in the region. Our goal is to provide the best care options for your pet.
What You Need to Know Before Your Pet's Upcoming Surgery
Is the anesthetic safe?
Will my pet have stitches?
This will depend on the procedure and method used. Smaller dermal procedures can be performed with cryosurgery (freezing tissue), and sutures are not required. Click here to learn the benefits of cryosurgery.
For many surgeries that do require stitches, we use absorbable sutures underneath the skin. These will dissolve and do not need to be removed. Some surgeries, especially tumor removals, do require skin stitches. With either type of suture, you will need to keep an eye on the incision for swelling or discharge. Most dogs and cats do not lick excessively or chew at the incision, but this is an occasional problem you will also need to watch for. If there are skin sutures, these will usually be removed 10 to 14 days after surgery. You will also need to limit your pet's activity level for a time and no baths are allowed for the first 10 days after surgery.
Will my pet be in pain?
Anything that causes pain in people can be expected to cause pain in animals. Pets may not show the same symptoms of pain as people do; they usually don't whine or cry, but you can be sure they feel it. Pain medications needed will depend on the surgery performed. Major procedures require more pain relief than things like minor lacerations.
Because cats do not tolerate standard pain medications such as Aspirin, Ibuprofen, or Tylenol, we are limited in what we can give them. Recent advances in pain medications have allowed for better pain control in cats than ever before. We administer a pain injection prior to surgery. After surgery, pain medication is given on a case by case basis. Any animal that appears painful will receive additional pain medication.
What other decisions do I need to make?
While your pet is under anesthesia, it is the ideal time to perform other minor procedures, such as dentistry, ear cleaning, or implanting an identification microchip. If you would like an estimate for these extra services, please call ahead of time. This is especially important if the person dropping the pet off for surgery is not the primary decision maker for the pet's care.