Surgery

We understand that whether routine or emergency, leaving your pet for surgery can be stressful and unnerving for both you and your companion. That’s why you can rely on us to provide quality, compassionate care throughout your pet’s entire stay. At West U Veterinary Clinic, we strive to take the very best care of each and every pet.

Pre-Surgical Care

Before surgery, your pet will be screened to determine if your pet is a good candidate of anesthesia. We will examine your pet and conduct a series of blood tests before administering anesthesia to confirm that your pet’s liver, heart, and kidneys are functioning properly to ensure your pet is healthy for anesthesia. Anesthetics will be selected on an individual basis based on factors such as your pet’s breed, age, and health.

During Surgery

Our main priority is ensuring that your pet is in good physical and emotional health. We make sure that your pet is safe and as comfortable as possible throughout the entire procedure. A certified trained technician will monitor your pet during the entire surgery. Our technician will track your pet’s blood pressure, heart rate, rhythm, and blood oxygen levels, and other vital signs and ensure their safety during the entire process.

Post-Operative Care

We feel that it’s important to keep a line of communication open during the day of surgery. Our staff will make sure that we have the most up-to-date contact information when you drop off your pet, and will keep you informed about your their condition and progress. Upon the time of discharge, we will explain everything you need to know to care for your pet once they go home. If necessary, a pain management plan may include pain medication to be administered at home to keep them as comfortable as possible at home.

Our Surgical Services

Surgical procedures performed at West U Veterinary include:

  • Soft Tissue/General Surgery – These are surgical procedures that are not associated with bones. The most common soft tissue surgery performed is the removal of lumps or growths, such as tumors.
  • Spay/Neuter Surgery – Spaying your pet can prevent mammary cancer and uterine infections; neutering your pet can prevent testicular and prostatic cancer. Both surgeries prevent the births of unexpected litters, and is highly recommended.
  • Oral/Dental Surgery – We perform dental surgical procedures such as tooth extraction, oral tumor removal, and fracture repair.
  • Emergency Surgery – If your pet has been injured in a trauma or swallowed a foreign object, our team can get your pet back to their normal self!

Are there any special at-home care instructions for my dog or cat before undergoing surgery?

Please do not feed or give your pet water after 10:00 pm the evening before a scheduled procedure. Please arrive at the requested time and allow 30 minutes for check-in procedures.

Why does my pet need to be admitted several hours before a surgical procedure?

In preparation for the procedure, your pet will receive:

  • A pre-anesthetic exam
  • Pre-anesthetic blood work (if required)
  • Medication to easy anxiety and to smooth induction of anesthesia
  • Placement of an intravenous catheter to deliver medications and fluids that support blood pressure and organ function during anesthesia
  • Each of these steps must be completed BEFORE your pet’s scheduled procedure time

Please call us if you have any questions regarding our surgical procedures.