Common surgical and anesthetic procedures include:
- Ovariohysterectomy (spay)
- Castration (neuter)
- Growth removals
- Laceration repairs
- Cystotomy (bladder stone removals)
- Dentals and tooth extractions
Emergency surgeries can also be performed and often include foreign body removals and splenectomies.
Every pet undergoing anesthesia has a pre-operative blood profile performed to check organ function and to determine if the patient is at increased risk for the procedure. A sedative is then given and an IV catheter is placed for IV fluids or emergency drugs if neccessary. The pet is then intubated and hooked up to a variety of monitors that read the amount of oxygen present in the blood, heart rate, respiratory rate, blood presssure, and EKG. There is a technician with the pet at all times watching the monitors and alerting the doctor to any abnormalities. During the recovery process the surgical technician stays with the patient until they are 100% awake from the procedure. They are then checked on frequently to make sure they are holding adequate body temperature and recovering normally.