Surgical Services

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.

Surgery

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Wayland Animal Clinic is prepared to perform surgery for your pet as the need arises. Our team provides routine spay and neutering, as well as growth removals, abdominal and bladder surgeries, oral and ocular surgeries, biopsies, and other soft tissue and orthopedic procedures.

To ensure your pet’s safety we perform pre-surgical blood testing to know that all organ systems are healthy enough for surgery and recovery. We also have a meticulous anesthetic monitoring protocol, which includes:

  • Respiration, oxygen level, temperature, blood pressure and heart rate and ECG monitoring until our patients are alert and safely recovering
  • IV catheters and fluids for maintaining healthy nutritional and hydration levels
  • Appropriate anesthesia medications and careful pain management where indicated
  • A focus on comfort, taking into consideration the individual species, age, size, breed, disposition and surgical procedure he/she is having. We use warm water or air circulating blankets to maintain comfort in surgery, as well as plenty of soft blankets and quiet, close observation to help minimize any stress upon recovery.

Patient Monitoring

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We monitor our patients closely to keep them as safe as possible during procedures that require general anesthesia. A veterinary technician will continually assess your pet’s heart and respiratory rate, blood pressure, and other vital signs to help minimize any anesthetic risk.

Please feel free to ask us about our patient monitoring protocol or any concerns you might have about your pet’s procedure. We’d be happy to discuss these matters in more detail.

General Anesthesia

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For some procedures, your pet will need to be administered general anesthesia so that he or she will be unconscious and not feel pain. Many pet owners worry about their pets being administered general anesthesia. We can assure you that modern anesthesia is generally quite safe; to further lower any risk, we perform a physical examination and run blood work ahead of time to catch any underlying health issues. In addition, we follow a specific anesthetic protocol, including monitoring vital signs during the procedure, to ensure the safety of our patients.

We begin most general anesthetic procedures by administering a sedative to help the pet relax and decrease any anxiety and pain. We then administer an intravenous drug to provide complete anesthesia and place a breathing tube into the patient’s trachea (windpipe). To maintain the state of unconsciousness, we deliver a gas anesthetic in combination with oxygen through the breathing tube.

Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns about your pet receiving general anesthesia or about the procedure for which your pet is scheduled.