Courtenay Animal Hospital offers extensive surgical services for your dog or cat. Each patient is carefully screened prior to surgery and anesthetic drugs are selected based on their age, breed and health status. We strongly recommend that every patient have pre-anesthetic blood tests to evaluate internal organ function and ensure that the pet is a good candidate for anesthesia.
Surgeries performed at our hospital include but are not limited to:
- Growth removal or tumor biopsy
- Laceration repair
- Urinary bladder surgery & stone removal
- Abdominal exploratory surgery
- Oral/periodontal surgery
- Cesarean section
- Emergency surgery (e.g. foreign object retrieval, wound repair, others as needed)
- Exotics surgery
- Complex orthopedic surgery
- Fracture repair
- Cranial cruciate ligament surgery (TTA)
- Medial patellar luxation repair
We have standard protocols in place to make anesthesia and surgery safer for our patients. Prior to induction of anesthesia, an IV catheter is placed in every patient. This allows us to administer warm IV fluids throughout anesthesia, which helps maintain patient hydration and ideal blood volume. The catheter also ensures safety by providing immediate IV access in the unlikely event of an emergency situation. Patients are closely monitored under anesthesia by a dedicated technician taking vital signs on a regular basis and utilizing digital monitoring systems throughout every procedure. Our surgery table is heated to help patients maintain an ideal body temperature and additional safe warming devices are used following procedures to enable faster recovery from anesthesia and ensure greater comfort. A comprehensive pain management plan is developed for every patient to keep them as comfortable as possible.
Communication throughout the day of surgery is important to our doctors and our caring staff. We will be sure that we have the best contact information when you drop off your pet and will keep you fully informed about your pet's surgery, progress and recovery.
If you have any specific questions regarding procedures offered or hospital protocols, we will be happy to give you more information.