Animal Surgery at Petaluma Veterinary Hospital

Veterinary Surgery at Petaluma Veterinary Hospital
Dr. Smith doing major surgery

Veterinary Surgery at Petaluma Veterinary Hospital

Can be stressful
Veterinary surgery can be stressful for both you and your pet, no matter how minor the procedure may be. You may only be dropping your pet off for a spaying, but you are trusting someone else to care for your pet when they are probably most frightened. Even scheduled pet surgeries can cause you to worry about whether or not your pet is getting the best care and monitoring, and whether or not adequate precautions have been taken to ensure the safety of your companion. At Petaluma Veterinary Hospital, we understand how important it is to make sure that your pet is being treated like one of our own. Our trained veterinary staff are not only here to care for your pet, but to help guide you through what can be a scary course of events.

Types of surgery
Pet surgery can range in intensity from common soft tissue surgeries like spaying and neutering and tumor removal to more complex surgeries such as fracture repair and amputations. Our veterinarians perform routine to advanced animal surgery in our hospital surgical suite, which is outfitted with the latest technology for a successful pet surgery and recovery. To ensure the best possible outcomes, we occasionally bring in specialists (board certified veterinary surgeons) to perform the more complex surgeries that our patients require. Whenever we feel that advanced equipment or training will be beneficial, we will refer cases to outside specialists for treatment.

Outside specialists
When we bring in an outside specialist, we only employ and work with skilled and compassionate veterinary surgeons who will always do their best when it comes to caring for your pet before, during, and after operation. We frequently and successfully bring in Dr. James Farese, DVM, DACVS, founder of North Bay Veterinary Surgical Services. Dr. Farese has been board-certified in Small Animal Surgery for 20 years and has a great deal of experience in orthopedic, oncologic and general/soft tissue surgical procedures.

We put the focus on patient safety, pain management, and using the most up to date surgical techniques in order to exceed the expectations of our pet owners. At PVH, your pet will be carefully monitored before, during, and after pet surgery has taken place. We will also be sure to give you a complete overview of the procedure before you bring your pet in so that we can help you to address any questions or concerns you may have about your upcoming vet surgery.

Post-op
Once your furry friend has made it through their procedure, there is still a long way to go on the road to recovery. Our Petaluma Veterinary Hospital team takes every precaution during your pet surgery to ensure that your companion receives the highest quality surgical care. But our caring team doesn’t stop there; we are also well known for our post-op animal care. Following surgery, we’ll carefully monitor and care for your pet until he or she is ready to go home. Once you arrive to take your pet home, we’ll detail any medications and dosages your pet will need, including providing appropriate pain medication to keep your pet comfortable during recovery. We will also help you to understand any adjustments that might need to be made for your pet, either temporarily or permanently, and what you should do if you notice any unusual behavior in your pet.

Going home
Though we will give your pet the best care possible after surgery, you are encouraged to watch your pet closely after they return home. Our PVH staff will help you learn what symptoms to look out for in regards to your pet’s specific surgery. Signs of surgical complications can be life threatening, so it is important that you call us as soon as you notice symptoms in your pet. Dogs in particular should be more closely watched after a surgery because they are generally more active and can cause themselves additional postoperative complications. A few of these include incisional swelling, incision discharge, excessive licking or chewing at the incision site, lethargy and loss of appetite, and vomiting. Any surgery, no matter how small, comes with potential risks to your pet. These risks can be intensified based on age and existing conditions in your pet. Always monitor your pet closely during the recovery process and be sure to follow any instructions our veterinary team sends home with you.

Our veterinary surgeons at Petaluma are qualified to perform numerous surgeries, including, but not limited to:

  • Ovariohysterectomy (spay)
  • Castration (neuter)
  • Dental cleanings (including extractions)
  • Growth or mass removal
  • Cruciate ligament repair
  • Cherry Eye repair
  • Cystectomy, enterotomy, exploratory laparotomy
  • Ear hematoma repair
  • ​​​​​​​Eye enucleation.

Conclusion
A surgery can be a big deal for both you and your pet, but working with the right veterinary surgery clinic can help you to feel more at ease, even before the procedure takes place. Don’t worry about whether or not your companion is in good hands where their health is concerned; talk to a veterinary specialist at Petaluma Veterinary Hospital first. Feel free to call our office if you have any questions or would like to learn more about our surgical services for your pet.