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Surgery

Your pet’s health and safety are incredibly important to us, and we cannot stress this enough. We understand that a family pet undergoing surgery is difficult, even for routine procedures. Our veterinarians put the upmost effort into ensuring that your pet is as comfortable and pain-free as possible. We’re confident that our clinicians and high class surgical suite will be able to provide you with exactly that.

Here at Highland Animal Hospital, our veterinarians and nurses administer a personalized anesthetic and pain management plan for each pet that undergoes surgery. We would never operate on your pet without first taking the time have a conversation about exactly why we believe it is necessary. That is why prior to any surgery, we will make sure you are familiar with all the details of whatever procedure your pet will undergo. As the pet owner, you deserve to be in the loop.

From the moment your pet is put to sleep to the moment they are in the safety of your arms, our nurses will be monitoring and recording their every vital sign. Our surgical suite is well equipped with the tools to track your pet’s blood pressure, temperature, heart rate, oxygen saturation, and respiration rate. Our veterinarians are experienced in a plethora of soft-tissue and orthopedic surgeries, with a set of high-class instruments at their disposal. If a case arises where your pet requires a procedure beyond our expertise, we will enlist the help of board certified specialist to come in and perform the procedure on site at our hospital

 

Pre-Surgical Assessment

Prior to your pet’s procedure, we’ll perform a comprehensive physical exam and pre-surgical blood work. These findings, as well as your pet’s medical history, breed, pre-existing conditions, age, and past anesthetic history will allow our clinical team to devise a safe and personalized anesthesia protocol for your pet.

 

Anesthesia & Monitoring

The reason we are willing to go through the lengths of creating and adhering to a strict anesthetic plan for each individual pet is to keep our promise of ensuring every animal’s health and safety. At Highland Animal Hospital, this involves precise anesthetic administration and cardiovascular monitoring, access to advanced equipment, and strict adherence to protocols.

While under anesthesia, our experienced team of veterinary technicians will closely monitor your pet with a full range of monitoring tools to rigorously track your pet’s body temperature, blood pressure, oxygen level, heart rate, and respiratory rate. Your pet is safe in our hands.

 

Pain Management

Although your pet’s overall health is one of our top priorities, we are not satisfied with just making sure your pet is in good shape. At Highland Animal Hospital, we believe it is our job to go above and beyond to ensure that your pet is not only healthy, but comfortable and lively as well.

Pain hurts, there’s no getting around that. However, many pet-owners are unaware that pain can also slow healing, decrease activity, lead to aggressive behaviors, and cause anxiety and depression. In addition, pain can also add to the effects of arthritis and certain cancers, and hurt the overall bond between you and your pet.

In order to live up to our beliefs, our hospital utilizes a multi-modal protocol to make sure our patients experience the lowest level of pain possible.  What this means is that we will take full advantage of all the tools at our disposal, including local anesthetics, anti-inflammatory medications, and pain relievers. Often, we will use a continuous infusion of these medicines so that your pet will receive a constant stream of pain relief that can be modified on a minute-to-minute basis to secure proper dosing.

We also offer drug-free therapies such as physical therapy and laser therapy to preserve the patient’s strength and flexibility while reducing the amount of drugs required to control your pet’s pain during recovery.

 

Post-operative Care

When your pet is ready to leave our hospital, we will make sure to provide you with all the post-operative details so you can continue to properly care for your pet at home. Please feel free to call us with any question or concerns you may have.

 

Oncology

The Highland Animal Hospital medical team is experienced in detecting and treating a wide range of cancers. Our clinical team also has a direct line with oncology specialists who keep our doctors even more up to date regarding the most current treatment protocols in combatting cancer. If a second opinion may be beneficial to your pet, we will not hesitate to recommend a specialist from one of our surrounding hospitals. We have great relations with our specialists, who are more than willing to work closely with us in order to provide your pet with the best treatment plan possible. Our goal is always the same: to help you, the pet owner, ensure your pet’s overall health, comfort, and quality of life.

 

Soft-Tissue Surgery

Generally, soft-tissue surgery includes any procedure not treating the bones or joints. Our medical team commonly performs an array of soft-tissue procedures including:

  • Mass Removal is recommended for hernias, cysts, tumors, and other abnormal lumps and bumps. Removing masses protects pets against cancer by preventing spread, growth, and malignancy.
  • Urinary Tract Surgery removes the pain and discomfort of bladder stones, and treats infections.
  • Basic Abdominal involves spay/neuter procedure, which is recommended for all pets.
  • Wound Reconstruction aids trauma and lacerations.

 

Spay/Neuter Procedure

Spay/neuter procedure benefits pets and pet owners alike. At Highland Animal Hospital, we recommend all pets be spayed or neutered to maximize health, improve behavior, and promote happiness. We will evaluate your pet’s age, breed, and lifestyle when determining the best time to perform this important procedure.

Keep in mind that spaying or neutering your family pet also benefits you and your family. This safe and simple procedure adds years to a beloved pet’s life, and promotes a more loyal and loving companion.

 

Spaying a Female Pet Prevents:

  • Unwanted litters
  • Messy, heat cycles
  • The urge to roam
  • Aggressive behaviors
  • Mood changes
  • Mammary and uterine diseases and infections

Neutering a Male Pet Prevents:

  • Aggressive behaviors
  • The urge to roam
  • Testicular cancer
  • Enlarged prostate

 

Foreign Body Removal

It’s not uncommon for pets to eat things they shouldn’t: socks, toys, string—you name it. Still, consuming a foreign body is a grave concern, as everyday objects can block the GI tract and lead to serious medical issues. The size of the object and weight of your pet largely determines the likelihood of an object safely passing through the GI tract.

If you suspect your pet has consumed a foreign body, we urge you to call us right away. This is for your pet’s safety!

Symptoms of GI obstruction include:

  • Loss of Appetite
  • Vomiting
  • Dehydration
  • Inactivity
  • Pain in the Abdominal Region
  • Weakness
  • Pale Gums
  • Abnormal Stools

 

Oral Surgery

Oral surgery is recommended for pets diagnosed with advanced dental disease, broken teeth, and oral tumors that cannot be treated with other therapies.