Image58There are times when your pet may need surgery to correct a health problem. Our experienced AAHA-certified veterinarians perform almost any surgical procedure your pet might need, including:

• Spay and neuter
• Laceration and wound repair
• Soft tissue procedures
• Orthopedic procedures

Outstanding Surgical Care for Your Pet
Our surgical suite has passed the rigorous AAHA certification for safety and quality. In fact, many of the same protocols and procedures used in human hospitals are found in our surgical suite. To help avoid unnecessary risks, we take every precaution to anticipate and minimize complications. We strongly recommend that every pet scheduled for surgery be given pre-anesthetic blood tests. Should we have concerns with the results, or your pet’s health on the day of surgery indicates it, we may reschedule for another day.

Your pet will be given an injection before the general anesthetic to calm any anxiety he or she might feel. While under anesthesia, your pet is kept warm and his or her vital signs are tracked continually with heart and respiratory monitors. Trained veterinary assistants observe and record blood pressure, heart rate, blood oxygen level, and body temperature. We recommend that all pets here for surgery receive an IV catheter to allow the doctor direct access to a vein should any additional medication be needed during the procedure. Sterile conditions are maintained, as well as proper ventilation and lighting for performing technical surgical procedures. Our surgical suite has all the medications and equipment that might be needed.

Pain management to make your pet as comfortable as possible is provided during every procedure, through recovery, and after your pet goes home. Most pets stay overnight with us, resting comfortably while being monitored.

Spay or Neuter Your Pet
Spaying and neutering pets is a good way to keep the unwanted pet population down. Cats can be 45 times and dogs 15 times more prolific than humans. Because many animals aren’t fortunate enough to have forever homes, a large number face being humanely euthanized. It’s easy to see that preventing pet overpopulation is important. You can improve the sad statistics by having your pet spayed or neutered.

These operations can be a benefit for other health concerns as well.

• Spaying your dog before her first heat cycle reduces her chances of breast cancer and uterine infections.
• Neutering your dog helps to lessen the chance of prostate problems, which can begin around the age of 5, as well as testicular cancer.
• Sterilization of your cat or dog increases his or her likelihood for a longer, healthier life. Spaying or neutering your canine companion can increase his or her lifespan an average of 1 to 3 years, and cats may live 3 to 5 years longer.

Why Not Use a Spay and Neuter Clinic?
It may be tempting to think that taking your pet to a spay and neuter clinic will save a few dollars, but we want you to consider some important differences. Care Animal Hospital is AAHA certified, meaning that we take the time to make sure each pet we operate on is healthy before, during, and after the surgery.

We never rush dozens of animals through our surgical suite. Each pet is treated as an individual, receiving pre-anesthetic blood tests, state-of-the-art pain management, careful monitoring throughout the procedure and recovery, and the tender loving care that experienced veterinarians and assistants can give. Before taking your precious pet to a spay and neuter clinic, make sure to give us a call at 765-284-3000 and ask about the important differences.