Surgerical Procedures

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Everything you need to know!

Routine spays and neuters

Spaying or neutering your pet is easlily the best desicion you could make on their behalf. These procedures not only contribute to over-population control, but can prevent prostate cancer, agressive behavior, and spraying in males. The eliminate the possiblity of ovarian cancer and Pyometria in females. Ultimately, spaying and neutering your pets allows them to live longer, healthier lives.

What to expect and how to prepare...

When setting up an appointment for your pet's surgery, you will be given some instructions regarding withholding food from your pet the night before surgery, when to arrive, and how long to expect the drop off process to take. Typically, you will be instructed to withhold food after 10pm the night before. Food is withheld in order to reduce the likliness of vomiting after sedation.

At the time of drop off (between 8-8:30am unless otherwise instructed),, you will receive some paperwork to complete and visit with the surgery technition. This can take up to 20 minutes, so prepare accordingly/ This includes a permission form to sign, as well as a form listing of tests or other services to be done while your pet is with us. These tests commonly include pre-anesthetic blood work, vaccines, nail trims, or exams.

If you have any questions about the procedure, please Contact Us.

These are an examples of commonlly asked questions:

  • Will your pet need help getting in and out of the house or litter box to urinate and defecate?
  • Will there be sutures (stitches) that will need to be removed?
  • If a biopsy is being performed, when can you expect to receive the results?
  • Will there be dressings for you to change or medication you will need to give?
  • How long before your pet can be left alone at home?
  • Can your pet have food and water when he gets home?
  • Will your pet need a special diet temporarily?
  • What to expect on the day of your pet's surgery

    On the day of surgery, after your pet is admitted, a physical examination will be performed, and any needed testing will be done unless it has previously been performed. Once the test results are back and everything looks good, your pet will be prepared for surgery. Your pet will usually be given a sedative at this point, which will help to calm and relax him or her, followed by an intravenous (IV) anesthetic (may not be necessary in smaller pets) and then a gas anesthetic. For most species, an endotracheal tube will be placed in the trachea to protect the airway and to administer the gas anesthetic that will keep your pet unconscious during the procedure.

    During surgery, several types of monitors are often used to make sure that your pet is doing well. These may include a heart rate monitor, which counts the number of heartbeats per minute, and a pulse oximeter, which monitors the amount of oxygen in the blood. Sometimes an ECG monitor may be used, which shows a tracing of the electrical activity of the heart. The type of monitor used often varies with the type and length of the surgery, and the species of animal. Birds, reptiles, and small pets will often be placed on a specially heated pad to keep them warm during the procedure. Intravenous fluids will often be given during surgery and for a short period thereafter.

    Once the surgery is over, the anesthesia is stopped and the pet is allowed to wake up in a quiet area where he or she can be monitored until they are able to move around safely on their own. This may take several hours to overnight, depending on the type and length of the surgery. Although you will be anxious to take your pet home with you, it is best for them to stay at Village Pet Hospital where they can be monitored until your vet feels it is safe for them to leave. During this time, your vet can also provide any needed pain medication.