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veterinary surgery

Before anesthesia and any surgical procedure, our doctors perform a complete physical examination on your pet.

In addition, we require a pre-surgical blood screening on all pets, just as your human doctor would do. It can detect many potential problems and increases the anesthetic safety for your pet. All potential problems noted in the physical examination or the bloodwork result in a phone call to you and are thoroughly discussed at that time.

Other facts concerning surgical procedures performed at Claws & Paws Veterinary Hospital®:

  • A warm water circulating heating pad is used for patients’ comfort

  • A sterile instrument surgical pack is used for each patient

  • Isoflurane gas is used during our surgical procedures. It is one of the safest anesthetic gases in use today

  • A trained technician monitors the pet while in surgery

  • Pain control is offered as an injection prior to the pet regaining consciousness and as an oral medication to be taken at home

  • After surgery, all pets are monitored by our staff until fully awake and in stable condition

With all surgeries, including spays, a recheck, and suture removal is included in the initial fee.

The following list is typical of the surgeries performed at our hospital:

  • General – Spay, Neuter, Declaw

  • Emergency/Trauma

  • Cosmetic – eyelid correction, skin grafts, tail docking, ear crops

  • Soft Tissue surgeries (see below)

  • Bone surgeries (see below)

More information on soft tissue and bone surgeries follows.

Soft Tissue Surgeries

  • Gastrointestinal (GDV, bloat, intestinal anastomoses)

  • Bladder stone removal

  • Skin grafts, anal gland resections, ear resections, and ablations

  • Thyroidectomies

  • Perineal urethrostomies

Bone (orthopedic) Surgeries

  • Fracture repair – IM pins, plates

  • Cruciate and patella procedures

  • FHO (femoral head ostectomies)

X-ray machine and In-house lab

These allow for state-of-the-art monitoring for our patients. They also allow us to properly assess emergency patients.

While bloodwork allows us to detect certain diseases, x-rays also allow us to diagnose diseases in a non-invasive manner. X-rays allow us to visualize internal organs including the heart and lungs, and the musculoskeletal system, in both routine and emergency situations.

Pulse Oximeter

The pulse oximeter is a sensor clip placed on the tongue that gives the surgeon an audible heartbeat and also measures oxygen saturation of the blood during the surgical procedure. Our standard is to use the pulse oximeter or similar equipment in all of our surgeries. This increases the safety of the performed procedure.

EKG Machine

This gives us a non-invasive electrical picture of the heart. It is good to use in elderly surgery patients and also to evaluate those patients with heart problems. This piece of equipment is optional with surgery but is highly recommended.

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