Dog and cat surgery is an important aspect of every animal hospital's activities. Here you will see some close-up photos of dog and cat surgeries, read explanations of what our surgeons are doing and why they are doing it. We feel it is very important that our clients understand what it is that's medically wrong with their pets or what the surgical procedure being done consists of.
Modern veterinary surgery on dogs and cats is done under conditions designed to minimize the chances of bacterial contamination and reduce the possibility of infections. Instruments, gowns, towels and other items such as scalpels and clamps are sterilized in an autoclave at 270 degrees under pressure for various lengths of time to kill any microorganisms. The surgeon also scrubs their hands and wears sterilized surgical gloves and wears a gown if the surgery is more than a minor procedure. By adhering to sterile surgical techniques, postoperative infections are rare.
After any surgical procedure the pet’s owner is given a thorough description of what our surgeon accomplished and what is now expected of the pet owner in terms of post-operative home care. Sometimes that can be a bigger challenge than the surgery! How do you make a happy and carefree dog "take it easy" for ten days? How do you make a cat not jump off the back of the couch? Nevertheless, aftercare is vital to the healing process and we will do all that we can to help you through that process.