Surgical Care and Pain Management

Dr Carla Kramer3Surgery can be a stressful experience for both owners and their pets, and we want to do everything we can to make it as smooth as possible.

This starts even before your pet comes in for surgery, with a comprehensive physical exam and pre-anesthetic bloodwork. This bloodwork helps us be sure that your pet’s liver and kidneys can handle the anesthetic drugs and that s/he is not anemic or suffering a hidden infection.

The morning your pet comes in for surgery, the doctor will examine him or her again to be certain nothing has changed with their condition.

A certified veterinary technician (veterinary nurse) monitors your pet’s vital signs throughout the entire procedure – start to finish.

Sedative medications are given to relax your pet before the anesthetics are given. We use only the safest Isoflurane gas anesthetic (similar to what human hospitals use).

Your pet will also have an IV catheter and fluids throughout the procedure to support blood pressure and protect the liver and kidneys.
We have an Ellman Radiosurgery unit which uses focused radio waves to simultaneously cut and cauterize tissues, making some surgeries virtually bloodless and much less painful!

After surgery, we typically will perform a laser treatment on your pet’s surgical site to minimize pain and maximize the rate of healing. For more information on our Therapeutic Laser, go here.

Since waking up from anesthesia can be a disorienting and disconcerting experience, a veterinary technician or assistant will sit with your pet while s/he wakes up to keep them relaxed and comfortable until fully awake. S/he is then returned to a blanketed kennel to rest until it’s time to go home.