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Pet Surgery – Before & After
Before Surgery – When your dog or cat is scheduled for surgery of any type at Dunedin Animal Medical Center our doctors insist upon a personal meeting with you before they perform surgery on your pet. We schedule a pre-surgery appointment (at no cost to you) to accomplish the following.
- Your doctor needs to examine your pet and discuss the upcoming procedure with you. We could do this on the day of surgery but both you and your doctor would be rushed, we do not what that. If necessary, any pre surgical lab testing may be scheduled at this time.
- Most importantly, your doctor has time to explain the procedure to you and you have time to ask questions.
After Surgery – Your pet will go home the same day of surgery. At discharge you will receive post-surgery discharge information to take home.
Please, do not leave our office with unanswered questions about your pet’s surgery.
From spay and neuter surgery to complex veterinary surgical procedures, Dunedin animal Medical Center always operates with safety in mind. In fact, being AAHA Accredited, we use many of the same safety procedures as human hospitals.
Depending upon the urgent nature of the surgery, pre-surgery blood work may be sent to a veterinary reference laboratory or can be performed at our in-house lab. In either case we are able to make sure your pet is healthy enough for the procedure.
General pet surgery such as spay, neuter, dentistry and mass removals allow time to send blood work to a reference laboratory. Your doctor will review the lab results and discuss any abnormalities with you before the surgical procedure. With some minor abnormalities it may be safe to perform your pet’s surgery. Other abnormalities may need to be addressed before the surgical procedure. The surgery may even be postponed or canceled until the surgical team feels the surgery is safe to perform.
Urgent pet surgery is just that, it needs to be performed now. Our in-house lab provides us with the ability to make sure your pet is healthy enough for the required surgical procedure.
Pet Surgical Monitoring
Once your doctor is assured that anesthesia is safe for your pet we use specialized veterinary monitoring equipment to track vital signs and pay close attention to ensure the best possible outcome for your pet.
A pre-anesthetic examination is always performed by your pet’s doctor on the day of surgery to ensure your pet is a good candidate to go under anesthesia.
Below you’ll find a list of common veterinary surgery procedures for cats and dogs.
Common Pet Surgery Procedures
- Wound care
- Mass removals
- Dental cleanings
- Dental Extractions
- Urinary bladder procedures
- Gastrointestinal foreign object removal
- Basic ophthalmic and orthopedic procedures
Cold Laser Therapy
Cold Laser therapy may promote healing at surgery sites. Ask your doctor if they would recommend post-surgical cold laser therapy for your pet’s surgery.