Surgical Solutions for Dogs & Cats
The veterinary staff at MountainView Veterinary Hospital understands the vital importance of advancing our knowledge and technical skills to reflect recent discoveries in the field. As our doctors continually progress, keeping all medical certifications up to date, they also require that our facility’s technologies represent the cutting edge of medicine.
As such, we are extremely proud of our modern surgical suites and in-house laboratory, which are equipped with advanced technologies to ensure your pets receive the highest and safest quality of diagnostic and surgical care.
Our doctors possess a wide range of surgical experience, having performed common surgical procedures on a regular basis and more advanced surgical interventions for less common ailments.
Common Surgical Procedures
- Ovarian hysterectomies (more commonly known as spaying)
- Declawing (also known as onchiectomy)
- Benign or malignant tumor removal
We Are a Resource for You and Your Pet
Our professional, compassionate staff understands that pet surgery can feel overwhelming for families and patients. One of our practice’s defining characteristics is our deep commitment to keeping you informed about your pet’s options, especially if surgery is recommended. We’ll work with you to find the best solutions for your pet’s care.
Understanding Anesthesia and How It Affects Your Pet
Our surgical staff is ready and willing to field a number of the questions you may have about your pet’s procedures. If you have concerns about your dog or cat’s safety while under anesthesia, you’re not alone. Here is a basic walkthrough:
Before General Anesthesia -
Most major procedures will require your pet to have a pre-medication upon administration. This is a mild tranquilizer or sedative which helps to calm pets who may otherwise be excited by being in a new environment. This also allows for less GENERAL anesthesthesia to be used during the procedure itself and makes recovery smoother for your pet. After pre-anesthetic sedation, an intravenous (IV) catheter is placed into a vein in either a front or hind limb, or occasionally in the neck. An IV catheter is the patient's lifeline while (s)he is under the effects of general anesthesia. Through the IV catheter, your veterinarian will have ready access to your pet’s bloodstream to administer fluids and other drugs during surgery.
This area is clipped free of hair and scrubbed with an antiseptic to prevent infection.
General anesthesia is often begun by giving a short-acting agent given IV. Your pet will be maintained under anesthesia from this point using inhalent or gas anesthesia.
Once the procedure is completed, the inhalant anesthesia is gradually reduced and your pet slowly regains consciousness. He or she is then monitored carefully until fully conscious.
Monitoring While Under Anesthesia-
At MountainView, we take all surgical cases very seriously. Whether a 10-minute procedure or 3 hours, a surgical technician is assigned to *your pet specifically* through the entire process. They monitor your pet's response to the anesthetic by watching the heart rhythm on the ECG, blood pressure, temperature, respiratory rate and heart rate using a variety of specialized equipment. Close monitoring allows us to make changes in your pet's anesthetic protocol as needed through the procedure to avoid any potential problems.
Vital signs such as heart rate, respiratory rate, and blood pressure can be monitored using specialized devices.
Some think of general anesthesia as a relaxing sleep. It is probably much more accurate to compare general anesthesia to a period of very strenuous exercise. Just as young, healthy animals are more able to exercise vigorously, they are more able to tolerate a decrease in heart function caused by general anesthesia because they have such great cardiovascular reserve. Pets who are older or have been ill for some time may take a while longer to recover due to their decreased reserve. However, please know, every effort possible is made prior to your pet even entering the OR to give him or her a safe, uneventful experience.
Preparing Your Pet for Surgery
Our staff will be there for you and your pet at every step prior to your pet’s surgery. Your pet’s comfort is our priority. Our doctors may provide you with specific instructions prior to your pet’s operation. However, a couple of the things you can do to better prepare your pet in the days before surgery is to keep your pet relaxed and on a healthy diet.