Your Pet’s Surgery

The decision to allow your beloved companion to undergo surgery is never an easy one. Despite the confidence we have in our abilities and state-of-the-art surgical suite, we know that surgery is difficult for both you and your pet. This is why we work as hard as we do to ensure your pet’s procedure is as comfortable and stress free as possible.

Perhaps the most important pre-surgical step we take is to discuss with you why we believe a particular procedure is necessary and what it entails. We will also provide information on proper postoperative care and answer any questions you may have so that you feel comfortable that you are making the right choice for your pet.

As with each of our services, we strive to provide you and your pet with the individualized care and personal attention our clients have come to expect from Hearthstone Animal Clinic.

Beyond routine spay and neuter surgeries, we are able to perform a wide range of soft tissue surgeries except for enucleations, ear cropping, and large dog amputations. For these and orthopedic surgeries we refer to a board certified specialist.

 

Anesthesia & Monitoring

Ensuring the health and safety of your pet during surgery is of the utmost importance and requires an anesthetic and monitoring regimen that adheres to the highest principles and ideals of veterinary medicine. Therefore, an integral aspect of your pet’s surgery is our state-of-the-art anesthetic administration and cardiovascular monitoring equipment and protocols.

Prior to your pet’s surgery, we will examine your pet and perform a pre-surgical blood screen. The results of these tests and your pets past anesthetic history, breed, preexisting conditions, and age are used to create an individualized anesthesia protocol for your pet.

While under anesthesia your pet will be cared for by a well-trained and experience veterinary technician using our monitoring system, which tracks blood pressure, heart rate, respiratory rate, body temperature, and blood oxygen level.

Simply stated, we will leave nothing to chance and endeavor to ensure our equipment and protocols are the best available for protecting your pet’s wellbeing during surgery.

 

Pain Management

Hearthstone Animal Clinic takes pain control very seriously and no animal is ever allowed to be in pain in our clinic.

In fact, pain management is not just about compassionate care. We have found that a proper and balanced application of pain medications means your pet will be able to heal quickly and with less discomfort. Therefore, pain management is an important aspect of our pre-, intra-, and post-surgical protocols. At discharge, we may also send additional pain management medication home with you and your pet after providing a thorough explanation of its proper use and dosage.

 

Postoperative Care for Your Pet

As your pet is being discharged from the Hospital, we will provide you with detailed information on how to properly care for your pet at home after surgery. We are also happy to answer any questions or concerns that may arise once you get your pet home.