As you research different clinics you will learn that not all veterinary hospitals approach anesthesia and surgery in the same way. Advancements in veterinary medicine have allowed surgical procedures to be much safer than ever before. You can be confident that your pet will be provided the highest quality of care with the most compassionate approach. This includes the latest pain management protocols, the most advanced monitoring equipment, highly trained doctors and the safest anesthesia, and even thermal warming packs to maintain body temperature.
When your pet is admitted to our hospital for surgery, several steps are taken before the actual surgery. First, your pet's attending doctor will perform an examination to determine if there are any current issues that would prevent us from proceeding with surgery. If all is well, a doctor will administer a pre-anesthetic sedative to reduce pain, calm your pet, and reduce the amount of gas anesthesia needed. Later, after an intravenous catheter has been inserted, a short acting drug is given to allow your pet to fall asleep. At that point, a breathing (tracheal) tube will be placed and a gas anesthesia/oxygen mix will be administered directly into the lungs. We use the same anesthesia as human hospitals. Monitors will be attached to your pet showing heart rate, blood pressure, and oxygen saturation. Based on our careful monitoring, anesthesia can be adjusted accordingly, and any physiological changes can be detected before serious problems occur. Intravenous fluids will be given both during and after the procedure to maintain blood pressure. The intravenous catheter also allows rapid administration of emergency medications if needed.
Surgeries are performed in our modern sterile surgery suite with the doctors masked and gowned, and your pet's surgery site is prepped and scrubbed. Your pet is constantly monitored by an attending assistant during the procedure and when the surgery is complete, the anesthesia is turned off and oxygen is administered. Your pet continues to be monitored by our staff during the recovery period, and is given additional injectable pain management later in the day.
In addition to standard neuter/spay procedures and mass remova/tumor surgeries, the doctors at Terra Nova Village Veterinarian are qualified to perform Gastrotomy (surgery of the stomach), Enterotomy (surgery of the intestines), GDV (link), Gastropexy (link), Cystotomy (link), Cherry Eye (link), and other emergency procedures.