Surgery

The veterinary team understands that when your pet needs surgery, this can be a scary thing to have to go through. Our veterinarians understand that your pet is a member of the family, and we take pride in treating them as if they were a member of our family as well. We offer many surgeries in-house such as spays, neuters, mass removals, cystotomies, enterotomies, and more. For more complicated surgeries we have excellent relationships with referral surgeons and mobile board-certified surgeons so that we can offer you the best care possible for your pet.

If your pet does have to undergo surgery at Wagly, rest assured that we do everything we can to make it as safe as possible. Before medications are administered the pet will undergo a complete physical examination. Preanesthetic blood-work is performed to rule out potential risks such as underlying kidney or liver dysfunction. Wagly Veterinary Hospital and Pet Campus offers an in-house diagnostic laboratory so bloodwork is often performed the same morning of surgery and results are obtained in less 20 minutes. When the examination is complete and results are obtained from bloodwork, the doctor will select an individually tailored dose and type of pre-anesthetic medications to help the pet relax and to prevent discomfort.

An intravenous catheter will be placed, and your pet will be placed under general anesthesia (with endotracheal intubation). Throughout the procedure anesthetic gas, oxygen and intravenous fluids are administered. Surgery is performed in a surgical suite protected from potential contaminants.

Like a human hospital the surgeon performs a sterile scrub and surgeries are performed wearing a cap and mask, gown and sterile gloves. There is a trained team (including the veterinarian performing surgery, veterinary technicians and/or assistants) all dedicated to the care and monitoring of your pet. Advanced monitoring technologies routinely implemented include body temperature monitoring and warming, heart rate and electrocardiography (EKG), blood pressure, and oxygen saturation. Following the procedure, your pet is kept warm, oxygen is administered as needed, and your pet is continuously directly supervised as the anesthesia wears off and your pet becomes alert and ambulatory.

Pain medications are administered as needed and any needed medications or supplies (like an e-collar) for aftercare can be dispensed from the full on-site veterinary hospital pharmacy. When your pet is recovered and ready to go home, a veterinary team member will meet with you in an exam room to discuss the procedure, what you should expect at home, follow up care, and schedule your pet’s next recheck examination.