Veterinary surgery can be stressful, both to the owner and the animal.  You may choose an elective surgery for a healthy pet, such as spaying or neutering a new furry member of your family.  Or, your pet may become ill and require surgery to diagnose or treat the problem. Whether your pet is healthy or sick, any surgery comes with risks and can cause you to worry.  At the Animal Medical Center of Somerset, our veterinary staff will do everything possible to minimize risks during pet surgery and monitor your pet during the procedure, paving the way for a smooth recovery.  We know that your pet’s health is your number one priority, and it is ours as well.


What Types of Pet Surgeries Do You Perform?

Our veterinary team regularly performs ovariohysterectomies (spaying), castration (neutering), and feline declawing.  These procedures are typically performed on healthy patients at the owner’s request and are generally low risk. For patients who are sick for no obvious reason, we offer exploratory surgeries to determine the root cause.  Our veterinary surgeons are also skilled at bladder surgery.


What Should I Expect During the Surgery?

Each pet surgery is different, but no matter what type of procedure we perform, our team carefully monitors your pet throughout to ensure the best outcome.  We offer both local and general anesthesia, depending on the type of procedure and the needs of the patient. During the pet surgery, our team of vets and vet technicians uses a variety of surgical monitoring techniques to monitor your pet’s status.  We use pulse oximetry to track blood oxygen levels to make sure blood pressure is within a normal range and an electrocardiogram to monitor heart activity. Any time an animal undergoes anesthesia there is a risk of lowering the heart rate and blood pressure to dangerously low levels.  By continuously tracking these parameters, we are able to identify and treat any problems as soon as they arise.

We will also monitor your pet during recovery, ensuring that they maintain an appropriate body temperature and wake up comfortably from the anesthesia. Depending on the procedure and how your pet handles the recovery, your pet will typically go home the day after surgery.


How Can I Prepare My Pet for Surgery?

Certainly, coming in for a surgical consultation prior to pet surgery is the best way to prepare you and your pet.  Your vet can talk to you about why the surgery is necessary, what to expect during the surgery, what the recovery will be like, and any risks or potential complications.  While we never anticipate an adverse outcome, it is always a possibility, and it is best to be prepared for that. Your vet will recommend pre-surgical bloodwork to reduce the risk of a reaction to the anesthesia.  This blood work will check your pet’s kidney and liver function to make sure that he can process the anesthesia. Your vet will also perform a general physical to check for any other conditions or illnesses that could complicate the surgery.  If you have any questions or concerns about the pet surgery, this is the time to ask. Your vet wants to make you comfortable and should be happy to explain the procedure and put your mind at ease.

While it is always stressful to put your pet under the knife, rest assured that our veterinary team will do everything we can to keep your pet safe and comfortable during pet surgery.