Kremer Veterinary Services can perform most general elective and orthopedic surgical procedures, as well as a wide variety of more advanced and complicated surgeries, on both dogs and cats as well as many exotic pets.
General surgery services include:
• Spay and neuter (including rabbits) • Declawing • Abdominal exploratory surgery • Mass removals • Total ear canal ablation • Ocular surgery • Cystotomy • Oral surgery including extractions • General dentistry
KVS surgical suites are state-of-the-art operating theaters, providing a completely sterile environment and utilizing the latest in monitoring and anesthetic technology. During a surgical procedure, a veterinary technician is always on hand to monitor vital signs such as heart rate, respiration, blood pressure, and depth of anesthesia, among other things.
The method and degree of anesthesia, including pre-anesthetic and induction anesthesia, is determined on a case-by-case basis depending on the type of surgery being performed, the age of the pet, and the pet’s overall health condition. Every pet is an individual with unique needs, and every situation is different.
Isoflurane gas is used for anesthesia, which is extremely safe and effective. It’s normal for a pet to be sleepy and sluggish after anesthesia, and these effects will last for a few hours after the procedure. Some pets may feel nauseated and exhibit a lack of appetite for up to 24 hours post-surgery.
It should be noted that there is always a slight risk associated with anesthesia. Elderly pets and those with significant medical conditions including heart, kidney, respiratory, and liver disease have a higher risk of experiencing complications, including in some cases death. Most complications can be successfully avoided with a complete pre-surgery physical examination and blood testing.
The Night Before
The night before the surgical procedure both dogs and cats should not eat or drink after approximately 10-11 PM.
Some animals, such as rabbits, should NOT fast before surgery. Contact the hospital about pre-surgery preparation for other kinds of exotic animals.
Pets should be dropped off at the clinic for their procedure at the following times:
• 7-9 AM Monday through Friday
• 7-8 AM Saturdays
• 9-10 AM Sundays
For some procedures, the staff may ask that the pet be dropped off at the clinic the night before surgery. Make sure to to allow some extra time to be checked in by the clinic staff.
After surgery, the clinic staff will monitor the pet until it is fully awake. After the pet is conscious and has been examined, the veterinarian or a technician will call to let the owner know the patient is ready to be discharged and go home. In most cases a pet will be discharged on the same day after the surgery, but in some cases the veterinarian will recommend that the pet be hospitalized for a period of time.
Cost of Surgical Procedures
The costs associated with surgery vary widely depending on the type of procedure and the pet’s age, size, and general health. KVS can provide a written estimate of costs before any procedure.