Taking your pet to the vet for surgery can be an emotional experience. We understand your concern completely, and want you to know that your pet is in great hands.
At our Louisa clinic, we perform surgical procedures for cats and dogs using stringent surgical protocols.
During each surgery, a dedicated nurse will administer anesthesia and continuously monitor your pet using electronic patient monitoring equipment. Pain management will also be provided.
Post-operative monitoring and pain management are our priorities following surgery. Your vet will also provide thorough instructions for at-home care.
We'll talk you through each step of the process ahead of time, and we're always happy to answer any questions you may have to put your mind at ease.
What to Expect from Surgery
We're committed to keeping our clients fully informed about why we are recommending a surgical procedure and what post-operative care their pets will need at home. We practice stringent surgical protocols at our clinic, and our patients' health and wellbeing are our primary concerns in all we do.
At Tri-County Animal Clinic, we perform surgeries to help treat diseases and conditions in pets or to repair injuries sustained through trama.
Our Louisa vets routinely perform the following elective and non-elective surgeries:
- Soft Tissue Surgery
For animals suffering from nose, ear, or throat disorders, we offer soft tissue surgical procedures.
These procedures are also available for hepatic, urogenital, oncological, cardiothoracic, gastrointestinal, and skin disorders.
- Surgical Laser Surgery
In laser surgery, a highly focused laser beam can efficiently ablate (either vaporize or chip away) the living tissue. At the same time, it seals capillaries, small blood vessels, lymphatics, and nerve endings.
Laser surgery has many benefits for patients, including:
Less bleeding: As it cuts, the laser simultaneously seals small blood vessels. This results in a significant reduction in bleeding during surgery which in turn allows us to perform surgical procedures that are not practical with conventional scalpels.
Less pain: The laser beam also seals nerve endings and lymphatics, resulting in less swelling and pain during recovery. The result is a more comfortable post-operative recovery experience for the patient.
Reduced risk of infection: The laser beam efficiently kills bacteria in its path, essentially producing a sterilizing effect.
Quicker recovery time: As a result of the above-listed factors (reduced risk of infection, less bleeding, less pain, and less swelling) post-surgery recovery is often quicker when the surgery has been performed with a laser.
- Spaying & Neutering
During spay and neuter procedures for cats or dogs, we surgically sterilize them to prevent reproduction and disease, and to provide them with an extended life expectancy.
A Caesarean section is the surgical removal of puppies or kittens from their mother's uterus.
C-sections are typically performed when the mother is unable to give birth naturally.
- Mass Removal
Cats and dogs can develop masses associated with the skin. Masses can also grow inside a body cavity and are in some cases serious or life-threatening.
Mass removal surgery is a fairly common procedure for both cats and dogs.
- Foreign Body
Sometimes, animals ingest foreign objects that can get stuck inside their bodies.
Whether your pet has eaten an object they shouldn't have or an accident has left them injured, we can perform foreign body surgery to remove the object.
In some cases, specialized skills or equipment are needed to perform pet surgery. If that is the case for your pet, your vet will refer you to a cat or dog surgeon near Louisa and work closely with them to ensure that your dog or cat receives the very best care.
It's imperative that these wounds be cleaned, disinfected, and appropriately cared for as soon as possible after they occur by a qualified veterinarian as soon as possible.
- Orthopedic Surgery
Orthopedic surgeries correct injuries and diseases of the bones, ligaments, joints, tendons, and other skeletal structures in your pet. If your dog or cat is suffering from a condition or injury that requires advanced specialized care your vet will refer your dog or cat to a vet surgeon near Louisa.
- Dental Surgery
Our veterinarians provide routine dental surgeries for dogs and cats. These surgeries can range from tooth extractions to gum disease treatment and jaw fracture repairs.
The Surgery Process
We understand that the prospect of bringing your pet in for surgery can be frightening. Please rest assured that we recommend surgery only when it is in the best interests of the animal in question.
We will ensure that you fully understand why we are recommending surgery and what it entails, and that you are comfortable making the decision to move ahead.
If your pet requires advanced care, our vets will refer you to a trusted veterinary surgeon near Louisa.
Surgical protocols at our clinic include:
Pre-surgical assessments. We will confirm the specifics of the procedure, complete a physical examination of the patient, and make sure blood tests have been completed and reviewed by the vet in order to determine if your pet faces any risk of anesthesia-related complications.
Dedicated surgical suites. Surgeries are performed in a dedicated surgical suite. This room is kept completely sterile to prevent infection and cross-contamination.
Surgical attire. Our staff wear disposable caps and masks at all times when they are in the surgical suite. Those involved in the procedure itself will also wear sterile gowns and single-use gloves.
Sterile packs and equipment. We carefully clean, sterilize and wrap our surgical instruments and equipment prior to every surgery.