In our continuing efforts to offer the highest quality veterinary medicine, we are pleased to provide a wide range of surgical services for our patients. Whether you’re looking for a routine surgical procedure, such as a spay and neuter in Martinsville, or more complex surgeries, we look forward to the opportunity to care for your pets surgical needs.
Our staff is highly skilled in performing veterinary surgeries and will make every effort to ensure that your pet receives the very best care. Our focus on patient safety, pain management, and employing the most current surgical practices is designed to exceed your expectations and put your concerns to rest. Our staff of compassionate, caring professionals will monitor your pet before, during, and after surgery and will take exceptional care to ensure a safe and complete recovery for your pet. We will also address any questions or concerns you may have about surgery, including concerns about anesthesia, pain management, or postoperative care.
When your pet is ready to go home, we will review your postoperative care and medication instructions. If any questions arise after your pet returns home or at any other time during the postoperative period, call us. We welcome your questions and will do all we can to help your pet recover fully. Help is only a phone call away.
Surgery can be a source of anxiety and stress for many pet owners. Maybe you worry about whether your pet will be well cared for, or perhaps you have concerns about adequate precautions and monitoring. Let us address your concerns. Whether your pet needs minor surgery or a complex procedure, call us. Let us discuss how our surgical services can benefit your pet.
We offer in-house blood testing before surgery. Our doctors prefer a comprehensive screening because it gives them the most information to ensure the safety of your pet. For geriatric or ill pets, additional blood tests, electrocardiograms, or x-rays may be required before surgery as well. We recommend every pet needs blood testing before surgery to screen for anemia, platelet deficiencies, low blood glucose or protein, electrolyte imbalances, liver or kidney dysfunction, or any other disease that may not be apparent from history and physical examination. Even apparently healthy animals can have problems that cannot be detected without blood testing. If there is a problem, it is much better to find it before it causes anesthetic or surgical complications. If serious problems are detected, surgery can be postponed until the problem is corrected. All animals will handle the anesthetic better if they receive intravenous fluids during surgery.
My Pet Had Surgery…but I Forgot What The Technician Told Me!
We’re Home…but now what?
Realize that your pet may still be feeling the effects of anesthesia, and may be steady on his/her feet even hours after their procedure. Keep your pet in a quiet place; where they can rest.Supervise eating/drinking. Provide food and water in small amounts, until you are sure your pet is back to normal. Monitor your pet’s bathroom activities. Make sure they are relieving themselves as expected. Be aware that your pet received fluids, and may need frequent potty breaks.Keep your pet on a leash, while outside until your pet has healed. Keep your pet crated, or confined if needed, to protect them from harm. Especially if you have other pets who like to play.Discourage your pet from jumping onto furniture, or running.
Monitoring the Surgical Site
Some swelling will be normal after your pets procedure. Monitor your pets surgical site for any possible signs of infection, including redness, odor, oozing, pain, and/or heat. Do NOT allow your pet to scratch or lick the surgical site. Your pet may need an E-collar to help prevent this. If so, please call our clinic on the next business day.
Depending on the procedure that your pet received, recover times may vary. (A typical spay/neuter will take approximately 2 weeks to 1 month to heal. Where as a dental procedure may only take a few days for your pet to feel better.) Please call our clinic, for any questions on recovery time that you may have.
It is very important that you keep your pets surgical follow up appointments, so that our veterinarians can monitor your pets progress.If sutures were placed, they will need to be removed by one of our veterinary assistants/technicians. Depending upon the type of procedure that your pet received, determines the time frame for this. During your pets discharge instructions, you should have received this.
Please call our clinic with any questions concerning suture removal.