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Hearing the words, “Your pet needs surgery” can be a frightening time for pet owners. Regardless of whether it’s a routine procedure or something more complex, having to bring a family member in for surgery is never easy.
At Happy Tails, we understand that surgery can be a source of anxiety and stress. You worry about whether your pet will be well cared for, and that the appropriate precautions will be taken to ensure your companion’s safety and comfort. We know how you’re feeling because each one of us has been in your shoes.We want to address your concerns and put your mind at ease.
Our veterinarians are experienced at performing a broad range of pet surgeries, all while always adhere to the strictest standards of care. At Happy Tails, we never want to place our patients at risk, so we take every precaution to ensure a safe, comfortable and stress-free experience. Rest assured that when you bring your pet to us for surgery, he or she will receive the best care available.
Prior to conducting any surgery, routine or complex, your pet will first be screened to verify that he or she is well enough to proceed. This is especially important for animals that are older or that suffer from existing medical conditions. While the anesthesia we use is the safest, most effective product available, there is still a slight risk associated with using it. That’s why we go above and beyond to reduce this risk and improve the chances of a positive outcome.
Once we get the green light that your pet is cleared for surgery, we’ll get to work developing a customized pain management plan. We’ll consider your companion’s age, overall health and other risk factors to create a pain control protocol that is specifically tailored for them. Our goal is to keep your companion as comfortable as possible while also safeguarding their wellbeing at all times while in our care.
During surgery, our doctors will work diligently and efficiently while our dedicated care team of technicians and assistants closely monitors your pet throughout the process. We use cutting edge technology and the most modern monitoring equipment to ensure that your companion’s heart rate, oxygen level, blood pressure and pain control remain right where they should be. Once surgery has been completed, we’ll carefully move your pet to our comfortable recovery area, where we will continue to monitor their wellbeing as they awake from anesthesia.
Before bringing your pet home, we’ll spend some time with you discussing how the surgery went, what our findings or recommendations are, and any postoperative care instructions we may have. This may or may not include an appropriate pain management plan to help your pet recover as comfortably as possible at home. Of course, should you have any questions about your pet’s surgery or recovery once you bring them home, do not hesitate to pick up the phone and call us. No question is too small or unimportant when it comes to the care of your animal family member.
If you’ve just heard the words, “Your pet needs surgery,” don’t panic. We know this is a tough time, and we’re here for you – you’re not alone! Let us help you with all of your pet’s surgical care needs. We’ll have them fixed up and on the road to a full recovery in no time!
Happy Tails is proud to offer laser surgery as an option for our surgical patients. This type of surgery uses cutting edge laser technology to perform a broad range of procedures without the need for a scalpel. Laser surgery has many benefits including reduced pain, less bleeding, reduced swelling, lowered chance of infection and a much faster, more comfortable recovery time. Ask us today if this may be an option for your pet’s upcoming surgery.