Safety and Comfort During Every Procedure
At some point, surgery may be required to support the health of your pet. While this experience can be stressful, the end result is one that improves the quality of life for both you and your pet.
At Suburban Animal Hospital, we are committed to keeping your pet as safe and as comfortable as possible during every procedure. We provide a range of services and have the ability to perform many advanced surgeries, including:
This involves removing the ovaries and uterus to prevent reproduction. This is a major procedure that involves general anesthesia and a proper pain management plan. We recommend spaying for all females between 4-6 months of age.
This surgery removes the testicles to prevent reproduction. Neutering requires general anesthesia but is less invasive than spaying. We recommend neutering for all male pets by 6 months of age.
Declawing involves the removal of the nail and last bone in each toe. This should only be done if your cat cannot be trained to use a scratching post and will remain indoors. Declawing involves general anesthesia. Both pre-operative and post-operative pain control is a priority for this procedure. Patients generally stay in the hospital for 3-5 days to ensure the healing process.
If your dog is born with extra toes on the rear feet, we may recommend their removal so they do not get caught on objects or become infected.
This is a type of soft tissue surgery that involves the removal of growths for medical or cosmetic reasons. Growths can be non-cancerous (benign) or cancerous (malignant) and should be sent to a pathologist to determine a treatment plan post-surgery.
Orthopedic Surgeries (limited)
These procedures involve bones and joints and may be used in cases of fractures, congenital defects, or torn ligaments.
Soft Tissue Surgeries
This refers to any procedure that does not involve bones and joints. Examples include skin/wound reconstruction, growth removals, foreign body surgery, eye/facial procedures, cystotomies (bladder surgery), and perineal urethrostomy surgeries.
Depending on your pet’s situation, our team may also refer you to one of our partner hospitals to receive any specialized care necessary for proper treatment.
What to Expect
Before every surgery, we review the entire process from start to finish, answering your questions and explaining the details of the procedure. Post-surgery, we notify you once your pet has woken up and keep you informed of his or her condition. We also provide a post-surgical home care form that details how to support your pet after a procedure.
While there are many different levels of anesthesia, you can trust our veterinarians to make the appropriate recommendation for your pet. While under anesthesia, your pet is monitored using various methods, including:
- Doppler blood pressure
- Oxygen/carbon dioxide levels
- Temperature regulation
- Constant human evaluation
Monitoring a patient under anesthesia is a complex undertaking and is extremely important to ensuring your pet’s health and safety. Our experienced staff closely observe heart rate, blood flow, oxygenation levels, and respiratory functions. We also monitor body temperature and employ effective warming protocols to avoid hypothermia, which can be a risk for anesthetized patients.
Pain management is tailored to each pet based on pre- and post-surgical needs. Methods vary from pre-operative medications to post-operative IV infusions for 24-hour pain control. We may also recommend oral or topical pain medications for use at home.