Surgery

surgery1 We have the capability of performing all types of surgeries, including spays and neuters, dental extractions, laceration repairs, and other common surgical procedures. We work closely with board certified surgeons, who travel to our clinic for more complex surgical cases. All of our surgery patients are closely monitored with state of the art equipment and a veterinary anesthetist, in regards to blood pressure, oxygen saturation, ECG and heart rate, respiration rate, and temperature. Surgery quotes can be prepared upon request.

When your pet comes in for a surgery at Milliken Animal Clinic, special care is taken to make sure that your pet receives a safe anesthetic, proper monitoring and blood screening. We also provide pain medication to your pet before the surgery as a preventive medication and after surgery to go home with.  Our promise to you is that we will treat your pet as our own and only perform anesthesia in a manner that we would be comfortable with performing on our own pets.  All patients that undergo a planned anesthetic procedure should be fasted for 12 hours (no food after 8 pm the night before and no breakfast the morning of, but water is okay).

surgery2When your pet first arrives at our hospital on surgery day, one of our doctors will examine him or her before anything else is done. We want to make sure that all of your pet’s vital signs are normal, and that your pet has a normal heart rate and rhythm, temperature, and respiratory rate.

Next, a small blood sample is taken for your pet’s pre-anesthetic bloodwork. This bloodwork normally includes a CBC and a Chem25. If there are any significant abnormalities in this bloodwork, the doctor will notify you before proceeding further. Diseases such as diabetes, kidney or liver problems and anemia are just some diseases that can be diagnosed with pre-anesthetic bloodwork.  Please note that pre-anesthetic bloodwork is just as important for young patients as it is for the older patients. Many congenital conditions can be diagnosed in young pets that could potentially compromise the pet’s health if anesthetized.

Once the bloodwork is completed, your pet will be given injectable pre-medications which include a sedative and pain medication. After the sedative has taken effect, the process of anesthetic induction will begin. Every anesthetic patient is intubated (a tube is placed within the windpipe to facilitate the delivery of oxygen) and then connected to the anesthesia machine. In addition to direct monitoring of heart rate, respiratory rate and temperature by our medical team, each patient is monitored with an ECG and pulse oximetry electronic machine. After surgery is completed, your pet will be monitored fully until he or she is completely awake in our recovery area.

Knowing that most pet owners are anxious on the day of their pet’s surgery, we will call you to inform you when your pet has been taken to recovery and once again when your pet is up, moving around, and ready to go home.