What to Expect
Prior to the start of your pet’s surgery, we will remove the hair from and clean the surgical site with antiseptic. Our team will scrub, cap, gown, and glove before entering the surgical suite and all the equipment used during your pet’s surgery is sterilized. To ensure your pet’s health and safety during surgery, we take the following measures:
• Almost all surgical patients will have an IV catheter placed prior to surgery to allow our team to administer any necessary medications or fluids during surgery. This will require a small amount of hair to be clipped from one of your pet’s front legs to ensure a sterile placement of the IV.
• Patients will be placed on heated blankets or Bair Hugger® air warmers to keep them warm and comfortable, as well as maintain body temperature throughout the procedure.
• Your pet may be placed under local or general anesthesia, and our team takes every precaution to ensure your pet’s safety. This includes using Isoflorane gas and Sevoflorane anesthesia, which are the safest means for delivering anesthesia.
• A certified veterinary technician will monitor your pet’s vitals including heart rate, continuous ECG (electrocardiogram) tracing, respiratory rate, blood pressure, pulse, and oxygenation saturation for the duration of the procedure.
• We utilize laser surgery which uses a concentrated beam of light to make surgical incisions instead of using a traditional scalpel blade. This is because laser surgery results in less pain and swelling and reduces bleeding and risk of infection.
• Every patient receives appropriate pain medication and monitoring once the surgery is finished. A trained surgical technician will discuss post-surgical care with you at your pet’s discharge appointment.
Types of Surgical Patients We See
Our team sees a variety of pet surgical patients including:
This list is not exhaustive, and we recommend contacting the AFVCC team to discuss your pet’s condition.