The veterinarians at Blue Ridge Animal Hospital are capable of performing a range of surgical procedures to support overall health and aid in medical treatment for cats and dogs. Using modern technology, training, and years of experience, our team will be able to address most any health condition that could require surgery during your pet’s lifetime.
Routine Surgeries at Blue Ridge Animal Hospital
Surgical care may be used to address all kinds of pet health issues. Whether to treat acute illness or injury or prevent a future problem, veterinary surgeries at Blue Ridge Animal Hospital are always conducted with the utmost compassion and attention to your pet’s safety and comfort, as well as your peace of mind.
Common pet surgical procedures we perform:
- Spay and neuter
- Dental surgery
- Tumor/mass removal
- Exploratory/diagnostic surgeries
- Wound repair/management
- Foreign body removal
Providing this and more, our team will always go to the greatest lengths to ensure your pet receives effective treatment at our facility. If for any reason we are unable to accommodate a surgical need on-site, we will be able to refer your pet to a local specialist for treatment.
Safety in Surgery
We understand that the prospect of having your cat or dog undergo surgery can be very scary, for you and your pet alike. In order to make the surgeries performed at Blue Ridge Animal Hospital as safe and effective as possible, our team follows strict guidelines for all pets undergoing anesthesia. Should your pet ever need surgery, below is a basic outline of our process: First, our veterinarians will determine whether anesthesia will be safe for your pet. This may include pre-anesthetic blood work to make sure no existing health conditions present a danger.
Once anesthetized, your pet will be closely monitored by a member of our team using up-to-date equipment to make sure heart rate, blood pressure, oxygen, body temperature, and vital signs are kept at safe levels. He or she will also be put on IV fluids to maintain proper hydration. Veterinary anesthesia has come a long way in the past decade. The protocols we use are actually very similar to those that would be followed if you were to be anesthetized. Because we recognize there is inherent risk for anesthesia, we have the most up-to-date equipment as well as constant monitoring and evaluation of your pet at all times. Any time your pet is placed under anesthesia, make sure you ask what is being monitored to ensure the best care possible! Following the procedure, your pet will be moved to a warm and comfortable area to rest until he or she can be taken home.
When you do take your pet home, a member of our veterinary staff will provide you with specific instructions for helping your friend through to a full recovery, along with any prescription medications he or she may require for pain management or other needs.
As always, it is our goal as a practice to make sure you’re able to make the most of the special bond you share with your cat or dog. If you have questions about surgical care or any other veterinary services at Blue Ridge Animal Hospital, or if you would like to schedule your pet’s next appointment, please contact us.