At Whitesburg Animal Hospital, we understand that it can be frightening to receive the news that surgery is being recommended for your pet. We do not take this recommendation lightly. If a surgery is being recommended, it is with the best interest of your pet in mind. If your pet requires surgery, a pre-surgical examination and diagnostic screening will be conducted to aid in the safety and planning for the procedure. At this pre-surgery visit, your veterinarian is available to discuss why the procedure is necessary and what all it entails.
Commonly Performed Surgeries:
We provide breed specific anesthetic administration and follow the stringent cardiovascular monitoring protocols set forth by the American Animal Hospital Association. Patients are pre-medicated to help calm them and to provide effective pain control. By pre-medicating, a lower dose of sedative can be given for the procedure. Intravenous fluids are also given to help maintain optimal blood pressure. While your pet is receiving anesthesia, they are placed on a heated water blanket to help maintain body temperature. During anesthesia and post-surgery, we utilize advanced monitors to evaluate blood pressure, heart rate, blood oxygen levels, and other parameters.
While endoscopy allows us to view your pet’s internal organs, laparoscopies allow us to perform surgical procedures inside your pet’s abdomen without the need for large incisions. Although this technique was initially designed for viewing the abdominal cavity, laparoscopy is now widely used during routine surgeries, including spays and to collect biopsy samples.
Torsion and bloating of your pet’s stomach can lead to a condition known as gastric dilatation and volvulus (GDV). This is a serious condition that can cause shock or even lead to death if left untreated. During a gastropexy, the stomach is attached to the abdominal wall, which prevents it from rotating, resulting in a condition commonly known as “bloat.” We perform the procedure using the laparoscope to minimize the incision and decrease pain.
We offer both surgical and non-surgical pain management options for pets. Pain management has been shown to improve the healing process for pets and is an important part of their recovery. When a pet begins to move slowly, it is often due to pain rather than old age. Our pain management program is carefully tailored to your pet’s unique medical needs and is administered according to veterinary guidelines. Our doctors will work with you to determine the best and least costly option to get your pet on the road to recovery.
For more information regarding veterinary surgical procedures, we recommend reviewing the American College of Veterinary Surgeons website at www.ACVS.org.