Surgery

Towne Animal Clinic provides:

  • A state-of-the-art surgical suite
  • TPLO, TTA* and Securos Cruciate Surgery
  • Patella Luxation Repair
  • Splenectomy
  • Bloat (GDV) Surgery
  • Bone Pinning and Plating*
  • Bladder Stone Removal
  • Intestinal Tumor and Foreign Body Removal
  • Ear Canal Ablation/Resection
  • Enucleation
  • Spay and Neuter
  • Aural (Ear) Hematoma Repair
  • Thyroidectomy
  • General Skin and Soft Tissue Tumor Removal
  • Liver Lobectomy
  • Soft Palate Resection and Stenotic Nares Repair
  • Entropion Repair
  • Surgical Insemination
  • Regenerative Cell Therapy

(*done on site by a board-certified mobile surgeon)

Anesthesia: We use preoperative pain prevention to minimize the depth and maximize the safety of general anesthesia. The best anesthetics (balanced injections, propofol, isoflurane, regional (local) nerve blocks) provide an extra margin of safety, especially for our older or high-risk patients. Our patients’ vital signs are monitored during all anesthetic procedures both directly by our staff and through the use of equipment such as continuous ECG, pulse oximetry, and respiratory monitors. Bair Hugger warm air heating blankets are used to keep all our surgical and dental patients warm and fluid therapy assures their hydration and comfortable recovery.

Surgical FAQs

What You Need to Know Before Your Pet’s Upcoming Surgery

Many people have questions about various aspects of their pet’s surgery, and we hope this information will help. It also explains the decisions you will need to make before your pet’s upcoming surgery.

Is the anesthetic safe?

Today’s modern anesthetic monitors have made surgery much safer than in the past. Here at Towne Animal Clinic, 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. Testing ensures that the liver and kidneys can handle the anesthetic. Even apparently healthy animals can have serious organ system problems that cannot be detected without blood testing. Animals that have minor dysfunction will handle the anesthetic better if they receive IV fluids during surgery. If serious problems are detected, surgery can be postponed until the problem is corrected.

We offer two levels of in-house blood testing before surgery, which we will go over with you when you bring your pet in. For geriatric or ill pets, additional bloodwork, electrocardiograms, or x-rays may be recommended before surgery.

Surgery is best done on an empty stomach to reduce the risk of vomiting during and after anesthesia. You should withhold food for at least 8 to 10 hours before surgery. Water can be left down until the morning of surgery.

Will my pet have stitches?

For many surgeries, we use absorbable sutures underneath the skin. These will dissolve on their own, and do not need to be removed later. Some surgeries, especially tumor removals, do require skin stitches. With either type of suture, you will need to keep an eye on the incision for swelling or discharge. Most dogs and cats do not lick excessively or chew at the incision, but this is an occasional problem you will also need to watch for. If there are skin sutures, these will usually be removed 10 to 14 days after surgery. You will also need to limit your pet’s activity level for a time, and no baths are allowed for the first ten days after surgery.

Will my pet be in pain?

Anything that causes pain in people can be expected to cause pain in animals. Pets may not show the same symptoms of pain as people do; they usually don’t whine or cry, but you can be sure they feel it. Pain medications needed will depend on the surgery performed. Major procedures require more pain relief than things like minor lacerations.

For dogs, we may recommend an oral anti-inflammatory the day after surgery and several days after to lessen the risk of discomfort and swelling. We use newer medications, which are less likely to cause stomach upset and can be given even the morning of surgery. Because cats do not tolerate some standard medications such as aspirin, ibuprofen, or Tylenol, we use different medications for pain prevention. Any animal that appears painful will receive additional medication.

What other decisions do I need to make?

While your pet is under anesthesia, it is the ideal time to perform other minor 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. 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 blood testing and other options available. 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.

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.