Precision & Compassion: Important Components of Veterinary Surgery
While some procedures are considered “routine,” it is important to remember that spays and neuters are still procedures requiring anesthesia and have the potential for complications.
For these, as with all procedures, we strongly advise (though we do not require) pre-anesthetic blood work. There are varying blood tests available and our staff may make recommendations for more extensive blood work based on the specific surgery to be done, as well as the age and health status of your pet. These blood tests help us tailor a treatment plan to your pet’s needs, and may determine underlying conditions that have thus far gone undiagnosed but may be relevant to your pet’s health.
For example, while the majority of puppies undergoing pre-anesthetic testing have normal results, periodically we find a dog with liver abnormalities that could indicate a congenital liver disease (called a portosystemic shunt, where blood bypasses the liver). Many of these dogs show no or very subtle signs. The disease might not be diagnosed without having done blood work, but could develop severe side effects from certain anesthetics.
Surgical services we provide:
- Spay and neuter
- Mass removal
- Enucleation (removal of the eye)
- Gastrointestinal surgeries
- Wound debridement/closure, abscess draining
- Anal gland removal
- Ultrasound guided liver biopsy
Patients are monitored until they are fully awake, receiving aggressive pain management and TLC while they are recovering. Most patients go home the same day, though we do keep animals overnight after certain procedures. Your veterinarian or technician will discuss when your pet will be discharged when scheduling surgery or at check in.
All pets go home with pain medications and any necessary adjunctive drugs (such as antibiotics). If at any point you feel your pet is in pain, please let us know immediately. You will receive a post-op phone call from the surgical techs letting you know your pet is in recovery, as well as a follow-up phone call one to two days after surgery to make sure your pet is recovering well and is pain free. If any post-op recheck is needed, there is no additional charge as they are included with surgery. At the time of discharge the surgical technicians will discuss with you all directions for caring for the surgical site, any limitations or recommendations for your pet, and all medications. You will also receive a written discharge summary to take home.
“Michiana” is lucky to have a number of excellent boarding facilities, but when you have a pet with an illness or a very aged pet, it can be troubling having to leave him or her behind. We offer boarding for these patients requiring special care.
Rest assured that if you have to be away from your pet, the staff of Kryder Veterinary Clinic will take loving care of him or her.