Our state-of-the-art surgical suite is designed to accommodate our daily surgeries, including:
- spay and neuters
- growth removals
- dental procedures
- stem cell procedures
We do offer some specialized surgical procedures such as Stem Cell Therapy.
All About Anesthesia
Today’s modern anesthetic monitors have made surgery much safer than in the past. Here at Quail Ridge Animal Hospital, we do a thorough physical exam on your pet before administering anesthetics, to ensure that a fever or other illness won’t be a problem. We also adjust the amount and type of anesthetic used depending on the health of your pet.
Preanesthetic blood testing is important in reducing the risk of anesthesia. We recommend all pets have blood testing before surgery to ensure that the liver and kidneys can handle the anesthetic. It is required in pets over the age of 5 in all cases. Even apparently healthy animals can have serious organ system problems that cannot be detected without blood testing. If there is a problem, it is much better to find it before it causes anesthetic or surgical complications. If serious problems are detected, surgery can be postponed until the problem is corrected.
All pets over the age of 5, undergoing surgery have an IV catheter in place with fluids running to help keep blood pressure normal and to keep them hydrated. An IV catheter may also come in handy if any emergency medications need to be given quickly. This is always an option for all pets.
For geriatric or ill pets, additional blood tests, electrocardiograms, or x-rays may be required before surgery as well.
It is important that surgery be done on an empty stomach to reduce the risk of vomiting during and after anesthesia. You will need to withhold food for at least 8 to 10 hours before surgery. Water is OK to give up until the time of the procedure.
What other decisions do I need to make?
While your pet is under anesthesia, it is the ideal time to perform other procedures, such as dentistry, ear cleaning, or implanting an identification microchip. If you would like an estimate for these extra services, please call ahead of time, (775) 267-4888. This is especially important if the person dropping the pet off for surgery is not the primary decision maker for the pet’s care.
When you bring your pet in for surgery, we will need to 5 to 10 minutes of time to fill out paperwork and make decisions on the treatment plan and other options available. We recommend you drop your pet off between 7:30-8:30 am. When you pick up your pet after surgery you can also plan to spend about 10 minutes to go over your pet’s home care needs. Post op pick up times do vary based on the procedure, daily surgical schedule, and general health of your pet. You can expect that your pet will be staying with us most of the day.
We will call you the night before your scheduled surgery appointment, to confirm the time you will be dropping your pet off and to answer any questions you might have. In the meantime, please don’t hesitate to call us with any questions about your pet’s health or surgery.
Call us today (775-267-4888) or use our online form to set up an appointment, we would love to take care of your new furry friend!