All You Need to Know About Veterinary Surgery
At Lakeside Animal Hospital, we understand that having a pet undergo a surgical procedure can be a scary prospect. We find that most people are concerned about three things: the proficiency of the surgeon, the safety of the anesthesia, and the cost of the procedure. At Lakeside, our veterinarians perform spays, neuters, and other soft tissue surgeries on a regular basis, and we work with specialists here in our hospital to provide orthopedic surgery and other advanced procedures.
In addition, Lakeside is accredited by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA), which sets the standards for excellence in veterinary care. Only 12-15% of animal hospitals in the United States and Canada are accredited by this association, and we are very proud of this distinction. As a result, we adhere to strict standards regarding the kind of care that your loved one receives at our facility.
At Lakeside, the safety of the pets under our care is our first priority. To ensure your pet is a good candidate for anesthesia, blood tests are performed prior to induction. The results of these tests also allow our veterinarians to make a custom anesthetic plan for your pet.
Once your pet is anesthetized, he or she will be monitored by a trained veterinary technician (nurse). Heart rate and rhythm, respiratory rate, oxygen and carbon dioxide levels, blood pressure, and body temperature are all watched closely throughout the procedure.
For optimal anesthetic safety, all pets undergoing anesthesia have an IV catheter and an endotracheal tube placed. Intravenous (IV) fluids help maintain blood pressure, and our warmed surgical table combats drops in body temperature. We use only safe and modern anesthetic drugs, which have been chosen specifically for your pet.
Pain management for your pet is imperative before, during and after a surgical procedure. Our doctors tailor each patient’s pain regiment to their unique situation because we want your family member to be as pain-free and comfortable as possible.
When it comes to surgery, we want to relieve any stress or anxiety that you may have by utilizing the latest medical, diagnostic, surgical, and laboratory equipment to provide your pet with the highest standard of veterinary care.