dog-218748_1280Does your pet need surgery? If so, you can count on the team at Milford Veterinary Hospital to handle all of your pet’s surgical care needs. Our entire team of technicians, assistants and other support staff is here to make your pet’s procedure not only a complete success, but an experience that is as positive and stress-free as possible. Let us answer your questions, quell your concerns and set your mind at ease.

Our doctors possess years of experience performing both routine and complex procedures, using the most cutting edge surgical techniques and always adhering to the strictest standards of safety and care. Whether it’s a commonly performed spay or neuter or a more complex procedure, like an emergency life-saving surgery, rest assured that your loved one will be in excellent hands with our surgical team!

Prior to Surgery

Before scheduling your pet’s procedure, a comprehensive physical exam will be performed to make sure your pet is a good candidate for surgery. When the doctor is confident that your pet will handle the anesthetic and procedure well, we will work with you to schedule a day and time for your pet’s surgery. You will then be provided with  a detailed treatment plan which includes an estimate of all costs involved, based on the doctor’s recommendations. This will include pre-op, surgical and post-op expenses (i.e. bloodwork, anesthetic, surgical procedures, nursing care, pain management, etc.).

The day before your pet’s scheduled surgery, our receptionist will call to confirm your appointment and advise you on what to expect the following day. Your pet should have no food after 10:00pm the night before. Water is permitted during the night but should be removed as early as possible in the morning. If your pet is on any medications, please check with your doctor to determine whether they should be given on the morning of surgery.

Surgery Day

The morning of your pet’s surgery, we will be there to greet you and get your loved one settled in and acclimated to us and his or her surroundings. You should plan on spending approximately 10-15 minutes with us that morning while we check your pet in, fill out paperwork and go over the details of the surgery. We also encourage you to ask any questions or voice any concerns that you may have at this time so that we may set your mind at ease before you leave your pet with us.

Once your pet is settled in, we will begin by conducting our pre-anesthetic blood work and preparing your pet to receive fluids and pain medication. It’s very important to us that our patients remain as comfortable and pain-free as possible at all times while in our care, which is why we take extra care in customizing, administering and managing the safest and most effective pain control medication available. A sedative injection will be given to help your pet relax and allow us to prepare him or her for surgery.

It’s important to point out that there are always risks involved with surgery, whether for human beings or our pets. Anesthesia can be a special concern for various reasons, such as age or the existence of certain medical conditions. Our veterinarians take every precaution for the best outcome in every aspect of surgery. Each patient is treated with the utmost care and the anesthesia is tailored to their specific needs.

A combination of drugs, calculated according to the specific needs and risk factors associated with your pet, will be used to keep your loved one comfortable, relaxed and free from discomfort and pain – before, during and after the procedure. Once under the anesthetic, the technician will keep your pet’s airway open and clear to provide oxygen and sustain the anesthetic.

We provide a cozy heat source during and after surgery to maintain proper body temperature. All vital signs are watched carefully using a state of the art vital signs monitor while the doctor performs surgery. We will work as diligently and efficiently as possible to complete the procedure in a way that keeps your pet safe and minimizes the amount of time he or she remains sedated.

Post Surgery

Once your pet’s surgery is complete, he or she will be carefully relocated to our hospital recovery area, where our technicians will continue monitoring as the anesthesia begins to wear off. A technician or doctor will call you shortly after this point to give you an update on how the procedure went and advise you on how your pet is recovering.

Discharge is typically between 4:00pm and 5:00pm on the same day as the surgery, depending on what kind surgery your pet has had. Animals that have had more complex surgeries may require additional time in the hospital before they are ready to go home. At your discharge appointment, we will carefully go over our instructions for your pet’s aftercare at home, including any medications necessary to manage pain during the recovery period.

In the days following your pet’s surgery, you are encouraged to call with any questions or concerns that might come up. The doctor and/or technicians will also call you for periodic progress updates and to check on how your pet’s recovery is going.

If you recently learned that your furry family member needs surgery, remember – there’s no need to panic. Especially when you’ve got the team at Milford Veterinary Hospital in your corner. We’ll do everything possible to have that little guy or gal fixed up and on the road to a full and speedy recovery in no time!