Our experienced veterinarians provide many surgical services at our clinic, ranging from routine to advanced procedures. Because we want to ensure that our patients receive the best possible outcome, we occasionally refer them to specialists (board-certified veterinary surgeons) to perform complex operations when advanced equipment or training will be beneficial. Our veterinary team takes every precaution so that your pet receives the highest-quality care. We perform a physical exam and preanesthetic testing before surgery, monitor your pet during surgery, and provide appropriate pain medication to keep your pet comfortable during recovery.
The well-being of your pet is important when undergoing anesthesia for any procedure. Anesthetics used during your pet’s operation are extremely safe and a healthy pet undertakes minimal risk during anesthesia. However, it is important to remember that all anesthetic procedures carry some degree of risk.
Our Approach to Surgery
At Helping Hands Veterinary Clinic, we use the highest standard of care to keep your pet safe and healthy during surgery.
Prior to every surgery, our doctors create an optimal drug protocol for anesthesia based on an an assessment of your pet’s examination and pre-operative bloodwork. All of our surgical pets get pre-anesthetic medication to help with pain control and to relax the pet, as well as an IV (intravenous) catheter before anesthesia. Once under anesthesia, our surgical patients are maintained with gas anesthetic via an endotracheal tube*. Warmed IV fluids are given to all our surgical patients* to help keep blood pressure stable and to help keep the body temperature within a normal range. During surgery, a licensed veterinary technician monitors your pet’s heart rate, respiratory rate, blood pressure, and oxygenation status throughout the procedure. After surgery is completed, a veterinary assistant who is specifically trained in surgical recovery closely monitors your pet’s vital signs and ensures that your pet maintains an appropriate temperature. All our surgical pets are given homeopathic anesthetic detox to help them recover from the anesthesia more quickly. Most hospitals will charge extra for additional anesthesia monitoring and pain control, but at Helping Hands it is included as part of your pet’s surgical package.
Please call our office for our routine surgical package prices. This includes spays, neuters, and dental cleanings. We require all pets to have had an exam at our clinic within 6 months of the surgical procedure or within one month of the procedure for pets under one year old, to ensure that there are no conditions that may prevent the pet from having the procedure performed. During this exam, we will provide you with a detailed treatment plan for the surgery, which lists the services included along with associated costs. We also offer our clients two free post-surgical examinations with all of our surgical procedures.
We maintain a clean and brightly lit surgical facility. We use modern, safe anesthesia techniques. Our attention to detail is meticulous. We understand the risks of general anesthesia and we keep that in mind with ALL of our surgical cases. Our ultimate goal is your pet’s safety and full recovery.
*Cat neuter procedures are typically so short that we do not need to place IV catheters or use an endotracheal tube. Our cat neuters are still very well cared for, and in place of the warmed IV fluids, warmed fluids are given under the skin.