Surgery


General Surgery Information

Surgical procedures are performed Monday through Friday. Surgery drop-off time is 8-8:30 am. To provide continued monitoring of surgical patients overnight, most surgery patients are picked up to go home the same day as their procedure. Surgery pickup time is 4-4:30 pm unless notified otherwise.

Spays and neuters for dogs and cats are the most common surgical procedures we perform. Information may be found below regarding these procedures. We also offer spay and neuter procedures for rabbits.

Additional surgical procedures we perform:

  • mass removals
  • urinary stone removals
  • third-eyelid (cherry eye) repairs
  • wound repairs
  • hernia repairs
  • dewclaw removals
  • cat declaws
  • amputations
  • dental cleanings
  • puppy tail docking/dewclaw removal
  • pyometra surgery
  • cesarean (c-section)
  • ...and more

Surgical quotes for these procedures can be discussed at the time of a physical exam as exam findings may affect the surgical plan.

Anesthesia is always associated with risks. To help mitigate these risks, pre-operative bloodwork is required for all patients undergoing sedation or anesthesia. For your convenience, pre-operative bloodwork is included in the package pricing for all surgical procedures. In some cases, bloodwork results may affect whether or not the procedure is performed as scheduled.

We take great care for all patients that are under anethesia to minimize risks associated with the procedure. In addition to the bloodwork, we use a combination of injectable medications as well as inhalant anesthesia to achieve an appropriate plane of anesthesia and allow the patient to wake up quickly and easily afterward. During the procedure, all patients are continuously monitored for heart rate, respiration, EKG, temperature, oxygen levels, and blood pressure throughout the procedure. Dogs and cats receive continous monitoring after the procedure as well to ensure a normal recovery.

Surgical procedures often result in unavoidable pain to our patients. Because of this, we are commited to multimodal pain management to ease suffering and improve recovery. Our sugical procedures include pain control during anesthesia, post operative pain control, laser therapy (when not contraindicated), and medication to go home.

Surgical Requirements

A Pre-Surgical Exam/Office Visit must be done before scheduling an appointment for surgery. This is to make sure your pet is healthy, up-to-date with vaccinations, and is on heartworm prevention. New patients must show proof of vaccinations and heartworm prevention being taken, if any services are needed prior to surgery, we can perform them at the time of the preoperative exam. We recommend allowing at least 48 between vaccination and surgical procedures to watch your cat or dog for any possible vaccine reactions and to allow the vaccinations to take effect to protect your pet before being housed with other patients. You may fax medical/vaccinations records in advance of your preoperative exam to (281) 574-2587 or e-mail to [email protected]

Because dogs and cats that are scheduled for surgery are housed with other patients, all dogs and cats must be up-to-date on vaccines. Dogs are required to be current on heartworm prevention. Owners may bring proof of a negative heartworm test and prevention being taken if these services were performed elsewhere.

Surgery Requirements for Dogs for all Procedures

  • Rabies Vaccination
  • DHPP Vaccination (Distemper, Hepatitis, Parvo, and Parainfluenza)
  • Leptospirosis 4 Vaccination
  • Bordetella Vaccination
  • Bivalent Influenza
  • Must have tested negative for heartworm disease and be on heartworm preventative or a heartworm test will be required.

Surgery Requirements for Cats for all Procedures

  • Rabies Vaccination
  • FVRCPC Vaccination (Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus, Panleukopenia, Chlamydia Psittaci)
  • Feline Leukemia Vaccination

Dog and Cat Spays and Neuters

The cost of the procedures below will include Pre-Surgical Blood Testing, Anesthesia and Continuous Patient Monitoring, Surgical Procedure, & Pain Medication. Spay/Neuter prices are determined by the size of your dog or cat. Please give our office a call for a surgical quote.

Dog Spay*

  • 0-25 Lbs.
  • 26-40 Lbs.
  • 41-65 Lbs.
  • 66-100 Lbs.
  • 100.1 Lbs. and up
  • In-Heat Fee (Applied only if pet is in heat at time of surgery)
  • Pregnant Fee (Applied only if pet is pregnant at time of surgery)

*IF the dog is in heat, we recommend you to wait 4 weeks before scheduling the surgery. Being in heat causes additional risks and complications for the surgical procedure, as a result, if the surgery is performed while she is in heat, there will be an additional fee. Because heat symptoms are not always apparent, we may be unaware she is in heat prior to the start of the surgical procedure.

Cat Spay*

  • Cat Spay
  • In-Heat Fee (Applied only if pet is in heat at time of surgery)
  • Pregnant Fee (Applied only if pet is pregnant at time of surgery)

*If the cat is in heat, there will be an additional fee due to increased complications. Because heat symptoms are not always apparent, we may be unaware she is in heat prior to the start of the surgical procedure.

Dog Neuter*

  • 0-40 Lbs.
  • 41-65 Lbs.
  • 66-100 Lbs.
  • 100.0 Lbs. and up
  • Cryptorchid Fee (Applied at time of surgery only if cryptorchidism is apparent)

*Neuter Cryptorchid fee additional depending on retained testicle(s).

Cat Neuter*

  • Cat Neuter
  • Cryptorchid Fee (Applied at time of surgery only if cryptorchidism is apparent)

*Neuter cryptorchid fee additional depending on location of retained testicle(s).

Why is it important to neuter a cryptorchid pet?

*Cryptorchidism is when one or both testicles fail to descend into the scrotum. This condition is a fairly common problem; seen in dogs, cats and other animals . This is a well-documented genetic trait — animals with this condition should not be bred. Opinions will vary, but if your dog or cat is still cryptorchid (one or both testicles) by 6 months of age, it is highly unlikely that the testicle(s) will ever drop, and the animal should be neutered to prevent testicular tumor formation and passing on this genetic trait to future generations. If the testicle is not readily palpable in the inguinal canal (groin area), abdominal exploration is necessary to find the retained testicle.

The following services are additional/optional services and are NOT included in the pricing of the packages above:

  • I.V Fluids: Highly recommended for all ages, IV catherer is placed in vein of pet before sedation and fluids are giving while under sedation. Providing an IV is helpful in case of emergencies and to keep pet hydrated. An IV catheter is typically included in surgical pricing for patients 7 and older.
  • Microchipping: Useful if pet gets lost. This can be done at anytime, but the needle is big and painful. It is preferable to do it while sedated.

For other services, please contact us for a full price quote.

Preparing for your dog or cat's surgery

There are important steps to take prior to your pet's surgical procedure.

  1. Ensure the procedure is scheduled appropriately. For surgical procedures that result in an incision, patients will need to have activity restricted for 10-14 days after the procedure. It is optimal that the procedure occurs during normal routines. If extra activity or guests are going to be at the home, the added excitement or stress of a dog or cat may affect their ability to properly rest and heal.
  2. Make sure the home is safe and minimal obstacles are around for pets that will be wearing an e-collar. Outdoor pets with a procedure resulting in an incision will need to be kept indoors to ensure their incision site stays clean. Prepare the home to facilitate ease of movement for your pet. Make an area available for a litterbox for outdoor cats or those that typically eliminate outside.
  3. Be sure you will be able to pick up your pet the day of the procedure. If you need to have another authorized individual pick up your pet, let us know who it will be. All individuals picking up pets will need to be at least 18 years of age and able to pay for services. While we will take a deposit for the procedure at drop-off if desired, occasionally there are unforseen costs that will need to be reconciled when the patient is released from surgery.
  4. Your dog or cat will need to be fasted for the procedure. If they receive food the morning of the surgical procedure, the procedure will need to be rescheduled. Food will need to be taken up after 9 pm the day before the procedure. Water may be provided until bedtime, but no water overnight. No breakfast or water may be given the morning of the procedure. If your pet typically receives morning medications or supplements, withhold them unless instructed otherwise. You may bring the medications with your pet the morning of surgery in case they may be given safely after they have been awakened from the procedure. Alternately, some pets may recieve the injectable version of the medication where indicated.

Additional Surgery Notes:

  1. All pets with live fleas will be treated for fleas with a monthly flea preventive, for an additional fee depending on pet’s weight.
  2. Rabbits must be brought in with food and water as we do not with hold them from feeding all day long.
  3. Patients receiving surgical procedures that result in an incision site need to wear an e-collar for 10-14 days while the incision heals. Damage to the incision site caused by the dog or cat due to not wearing an e-collar may necessitate an additional surgical procedure to repair the incision. For convenience purposes, we offer multiple sizes of e-collars that can be purchased from us.
  4. Patients waking up from anesthesia may experience some nausea. It is recommended that they eat a smaller meal than normal the day they come home from the procedure. Normal appetite will typically return by the next day, however, if inappetance lasts for more than 24 hours in cats or 48 hours in dogs, it it important to contact us. For dogs and cats receiving a dental cleaning, and espeicially if extractions were performed, canned food is recommended for several days after the procedure.
  5. For patients with an incision site, activity will need to be restricted for 10-14 days after the procedure. If activity restriction is difficult, the use of a kennel may be needed and dogs may need to be leash walked to eliminate to avoid running and playing while outside.
  6. All anesthesia patients will go home with discharge instructions with more details on what to look out for and how to care for your pet post-surgery.

You may find a copy of the Drop-Off form for surgeries on the Forms page under the Resources tab above.

 

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