Improving Lives with Cat & Dog Surgery in Northfield, OH
Cat and dog surgery is very common, with most pets going through at least one surgical procedure in their lives. However, it’s natural for you to be a little nervous about the operation. While there are always inherent risks involved, we strive to minimize those risks so your pet has the best chance at a smooth procedure and speedy recovery. The veterinarians at Northfield Veterinary Hospital perform many soft tissue surgeries and we have a traveling orthopedic surgeon who visits our hospital for more complex procedures.
Contact us to discuss your pet’s surgical options or schedule a consultation.
Common Cat & Dog Surgeries We Perform
Our veterinarians and traveling orthopedic surgeon are well-versed in both routine and advanced procedures. Some of the more common surgeries we perform include:
- Mass/tumor removals
- Spays and neuters
- Foreign body removal
- Exploratory surgery
- Bladder stone removal
- Oral surgery (including extractions)
- Basic eye surgeries such as cherry eye
- Cranial cruciate ligament repairs (CCLs)
- Patella luxation corrections
- Fracture repairs
- And more
How We Ensure Your Pet’s Safety
Our safety protocols are designed to ensure your pet wakes from surgery healthier than when they went in. Some safety measures we take include:
- An exam and blood work prior to surgery to check the health of your pet’s kidneys and liver, which play an important role in metabolizing the anesthesia
- Setting up an IV catheter to supply your pet with fluids throughout the procedure
- Dedicated monitoring from a surgical technician who watches your pet’s heart rate and rhythm, pulse oximetry, respiratory rate, blood pressure, body temperature, and more with our advanced monitoring equipment
Putting Pain in Its Place
Pets feel pain in the same ways we do. When they feel pain, it not only is uncomfortable; it causes stress which limits the body’s ability to heal itself. With our multi-modal approach to pain we can help your pet remain comfortable throughout recovery and help them heal faster, too! We use pain medications such as NSAIDs and opioids as well as laser therapy, a safe, drug-free alternative.
Tips for Pet Recovery from Surgery
We’ll send home personalized instructions for you to help your pet recover at home, but there are some universal tips for every pet:
- Keep your pet from swimming and avoid giving them a bath until their stitches have been removed
- Check your pet’s incision daily for signs of problems like redness, swelling, discharge, or torn sutures
- Try to keep your pet from over-exerting themselves by running, jumping, or rough-housing while their incision heals
- Outfit your pet in an e-collar, or fitted T-shirt or onesie to keep them from licking, scratching, or biting at the incision
Please contact us at (330) 467-6400 if ever you’re worried about your pet’s condition.