Compassionate Care During Surgical Procedures
Throughout your pet’s life, there may be instances when surgery is the appropriate choice to support his or her overall health. At Canandaigua Veterinary Hospital, we strive to make this experience as stress-free as possible for you and your pet.
What to expect
For every procedure, ensuring the safety and comfort of your pet is our top priority. As part of the pre-surgery preparation, we will review the entire process with you from start to finish. This is our opportunity to answer questions and explain the details of the procedure.
Post-surgery, we notify you as soon as your pet has woken up and will inform you of his or her condition. We also provide a post-surgical home care form detailing how to care for your cat or dog following a procedure.
At Canandaigua we provide a full range of necessary surgical procedures, including:
- Spaying and Neutering: Removing the ovaries (spaying) or testicles (neutering) will help to prevent heat cycles in females and prevent reproduction. Spaying is a more complicated, invasive procedure than neutering. Both spaying and neutering are important for female and male pets. We recommend these procedures take place between four and six months of age.
- Soft Tissue Surgery: This includes procedures that do not involve bones or joints, including abdominal, bladder and urethral, eye and face, cardiovascular, and wound repair procedures.
- Orthopedic Surgery: This kind of surgery involves the repair of bones and joints. We do simple fracture repair and joint surgery. Referral to a board certified veterinary surgeon may be needed for more complicated procedures.
- Tumor and Growth Removal: Procedures for removal of tumors can be done for health or cosmetic reasons, depending on the nature of the growth. When we remove a growth, the procedure is followed by testing to determine whether a growth is benign or cancerous; we can provide recommendations for follow-up treatment.
Anesthesia and Pain Management
All surgery includes the need for anesthesia and pain management. Modern anesthetics are very safe, and we perform a full physical and bloodwork to evaluate anesthetic risk.
During surgery, we monitor your pet using special procedures tailored specifically to your pet’s needs. These can include:
- Heart rate
- Respiratory rate
- Doppler blood pressure
- Oxygen levels
Post-surgery, we tailor pain management to each patient. This can include pain medications or even pain patches that will help to maintain your pet’s level of comfort during recovery.