At Grand Central Veterinary Hospital, we understand that it can be stressful to be told that your pet needs surgery. If our veterinarians recommend a procedure, rest assured it is with your pet’s best interest in mind.
We are committed to the highest standard of care with your pet’s health and wellness our number one priority before, during, and after surgery. If you have any questions or concerns, please inform our staff so that we can eliminate any stress and worry.
Our hospital offers a variety of surgeries from spay and neuter to more complex or exploratory surgery. Common surgeries performed in-house include:
- Bladder stone removal
- Dental extractions
- Exploratory surgery
- Fracture repair
- Mass removal
- Removal of gastrointestinal foreign bodies
- Skin biopsy
- Wound repair
Pre-surgical instructions will vary depending on your pet and the type of procedure being performed.
Generally, before your pet’s surgery, your vet will conduct a thorough physical examination to ensure your pet is ready for surgery. Blood work and additional testing such as an electrocardiogram (ECG/EKG), x-ray, or ultrasound testing may be done as well to screen for any abnormalities that could complete the surgery or interfere with the anesthesia.
While your pet is under anesthesia, he or she will be monitored carefully and never left unattended. This monitoring includes watching your pet’s blood pressure, blood oxygen levels, temperature, hydration, and reflexes throughout the surgery. We will also be listening to their heart rate using an electrocardiogram (ECG/EKG) and respiratory rate during the surgery.
Once your surgery is over, it is common for your pet to be monitored for a few hours before being released to go home. If your pet had a more advanced procedure performed, it may be necessary to monitor their vital signs longer.
Similar to pre-surgery instructions, your pet’s post-surgical care will vary depending on the type of procedure performed. However, when you arrive to pick up your pet, we will go over recovery instructions including how to administer medication, proper dosage, if any changes to diet are necessary, movement limitations, how to change bandages or clean wounds, as well as assisted care tips. If you are unsure of any instructions, please ask.