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Surgery & Anesthesia

Our state-of-the-art surgical suite provides for the performance of a wide variety of surgical procedures. Prior to anesthesia and surgery, a complete physical exam and pre-surgical blood work is performed in order to assess your pet’s health and identify possible risks for anesthesia. We utilize the safest available anesthetics to provide that extra margin of safety, especially for our older or high-risk patients. Using the most modern equipment, the patient's vital signs are monitored during all anesthetic procedures. During each procedure, a registered veterinary technician and a trained veterinary assistant are assigned to your pet for monitoring and nursing care.

Some of our most common surgical procedures include:

  • Spays (ovariohysterectomy/ovariectomy) & neuter (castration)
  • Growth/mass removals and biopsies
  • Dental extractions
  • Amputations
  • Feline declaw (onychectomy) using CO2 laser
  • Trauma, bite wound, and abscess surgeries
  • Gastrointestinal surgeries
  • Gastropexy
  • Other advanced and orthopedic surgeries may be referred to a board-certified surgeon

The Benefits of Laser Surgery

A few of the many benefits of using laser begin with less pain for your pet, reduced swelling, control of infection, minimal bleeding, refined scarring, less time under anesthetic and faster recovery so your pet is released from the hospital and often home with you in a much shorter time frame.

The CO2 laser is used primarily to create precise incisions without the instrument itself touching the tissues. Small blood vessels are sealed off by the laser, resulting in decreased bleeding at the surgery site. The laser seals nerve endings and lymphatic vessels, so there is less swelling and decreased pain sensation. Its accuracy is unparalleled! Its definition is so incredibly precise that an area less than one millimeter in diameter can be treated, while scarcely affecting the surrounding healthy tissue. The surgeon is able to control the power of the laser to make it gentle enough to work on the surface of the eye. The benefits to pets with certain types of cancer is less chance of cancer cells breaking off during surgery and spreading to other organs via the lymphatic system, because the laser cuts by vaporizing cells rather than pushing through cells.

Our doctors are certified in the use of the laser and specialized techniques through a course conducted by a board certified surgeon. Our doctors are committed to improving the standards of surgical care and pain management. Our technicians and veterinary assistants have been trained with in-hospital sessions and with hands on instruction. Our support staff has also been trained in laser technology advancements to help educate you.

With the obvious benefit to their patients health and healing, our doctors have felt compelled to incorporate this new technology into their array of treatment options. The laser's benefits cannot be underestimated!