Summit Animal Hospital’s complete surgical suite is equipped to handle a number of procedures, ranging from soft tissue to skin surgery, for a variety of animal species. We know that having a pet undergo surgery can be a difficult time for a pet owner, but with our low-stress philosophy, it doesn’t have to be. You can be confident that we will do everything in our power to make sure your pet is as safe and comfortable as possible while in our care. We rely on modern digital monitoring equipment to check your pet’s vitals before, during, and after surgery. We also use only the safest possible anesthesia protocols to leave your pet in a relaxed, pain-free state.
Common Surgeries We Perform
- Abdominal surgery
- Skin surgery
- Soft tissue
What to Expect Before Your Pet’s Surgery
Before performing any surgery at Summit Animal Hospital, we first perform a pre-anesthetic physical exam and blood work to make sure there aren’t any underlying health issues that need to be addressed first. The results of these tests also allow us to customize an anesthesia plan for your pet. Once we determine that your pet is well enough for surgery, we can schedule the appointment. We recommend that your pet fast at least 12 hours before their scheduled surgery time to prepare for the anesthesia.
Because we place such a strong emphasis on your pet’s comfort, we administer pain medication prior to anesthesia. We then place an IV catheter for medication, anesthesia, or fluid therapy, depending on the type of procedure being performed. Next, we administer the anesthesia and prepare your pet for surgery. We use our state-of-the-art equipment to monitor your pet’s heart rate, breathing, pulse oximetry, and other vital signs throughout the entire procedure.
What to Expect After Your Pet’s Surgery
Once your pet’s surgery is complete, we reduce the amount of anesthesia being administered to allow your pet to awaken. We also increase the amount of pain medication—if necessary—as we prepare to move your pet to a comfortable recovery area, where they continue to be monitored.
When your pet is ready to be released, we contact you and provide you with discharge instructions (at-home care, pain medication, etc.) to ensure a safe, fast recovery for your beloved companion. We are always happy to answer any questions you have about your pet’s surgery, so please don’t hesitate to ask.