Pet Surgery in Houston
For some pets, surgery at some point in their lives is inevitable, whether it’s a spay/neuter procedure or orthopedic surgery. We know that just hearing the word “surgery” can cause some apprehension, but at Animal Medical Center of the Village, it doesn’t have to. That’s because we rely on laser technology for many of our pet surgical procedures and are committed to your pet’s health and safety. We abide by AAHA’s high standards of safety with our pet surgical services, including our use of the most up-to-date anesthetics, equipment, and monitoring protocols available.
Laser Pet Surgery
Animal Medical Center of the Village was one of the first veterinary hospital in Houston to use pet laser technology, and many colleagues refer laser surgery cases to Dr. Jordan. For the past several years, we have used the CO2 laser in all of our surgical procedures. The use of a surgical laser greatly reduces blood loss, surgical time, post-operative discomfort, risk of infection, and scarring. This has greatly increased pet treatment options available to us, and has even enabled surgical procedures not previously possible!
Before Pet Surgery
Before any surgery we perform, we administer pre-anesthetic diagnostics to our surgical patients. This enables us to evaluate your pet’s general health and organ function before surgery. Prior knowledge of sub-clinical health problems is vital in maintaining safe surgical procedures. The pre-anesthetic diagnostics we administer include:
- Complete Blood Count (CBC)
- Blood chemistry profile
- Diagnostic ECG analysis
Is Anesthesia Safe for My Pet?
This is a common question of pet owners, and the simple answer is yes. The anesthetics we use here at Animal Medical Center of the Village, sevoflurane and isoflurane, are the safest and most up-to-date anesthetic agents available. They’re metabolized, or broken down, quickly with minimum side effects. Careful consideration of your pet’s health, species, and age determines which anesthesia protocol will be used. Pain medication is given before each procedure and sent home with the patient for their comfort.
As a safety precaution, a secured pre-operative intravenous catheter is placed before anesthesia. Fluid is administered throughout the anesthetic procedure via the catheter. Occasionally, a pet may start to have complications during anesthesia, and with the catheter in place, life-saving drugs can then be administered intravenously.
How Will My Pet Be Monitored During Pet Surgery?
Intra-operative monitoring and maintenance is essential to the safety of your pet while they are anesthetized. Our surgical patients are intubated and maintained on a ventilator throughout surgery to ensure oxygen delivery. Our monitoring capabilities include:
- Pulse oximetry (blood oxygen levels)
- Continuous ECG (electrocardiogram) to track heart rate
- Respiration monitor
- Core body temperature
- Blood pressure
This enables us to maintain the safest level of anesthesia for your pet.