Veterinary Surgery at Stone Ridge
There may come a time when your pet requires surgery to support his or her health. At Stone Ridge Veterinary Hospital, you can rest assured knowing we always prioritize your pet’s comfort and safety during every procedure. Our veterinarians are equipped to perform a variety of routine and advanced surgeries.
What to Expect
Before every surgery, we review the entire process with you from start to finish. Post-surgery, we notify you once your pet has woken up and keep you informed of their condition. We also provide a post-surgical home care form with instructions on how to care for your pet at home.
Depending on the situation, our team may refer your pet to one of our partner hospitals to receive specialized care or treatment.
At Stone Ridge Veterinary Hospital, we provide a full range of necessary surgical procedures, including:
- Spaying and Neutering: Removing the ovaries (spaying) or testicles (neutering) will help prevent heat cycles in females and prevent reproduction. Spaying is a more complicated, invasive procedure than neutering. Both spaying and neutering are important for female and male pets. We recommend these procedures take place between four and six months of age.
- Soft Tissue Surgery: This includes procedures that do not involve bones or joints, including abdominal, bladder and urethral, eye and face, cardiovascular, and wound repair procedures.
- Orthopedic Surgery: This kind of surgery involves the repair of bones and joints. We do simple fracture repair and joint surgery. Referral to a board-certified veterinary surgeon may be needed for more complicated procedures.
- Tumor and Growth Removal: Procedures for removing tumors can be done for health or cosmetic reasons, depending on the nature of the growth. When we remove a growth, the procedure is followed by testing to determine whether a growth is benign or cancerous; we can provide follow-up treatment recommendations.
All surgery includes the need for anesthesia and pain management. Modern anesthetics are very safe, and we perform a full physical and bloodwork to evaluate anesthetic risk.
During surgery, we monitor your pet using special procedures tailored specifically to your pet’s needs. These can include:
- Heart rate
- Respiratory rate
- Doppler blood pressure
- Oxygen levels
Monitoring a patient under anesthesia is a complex undertaking that is extremely important to health and safety. Our experienced staff closely observe heart rate, blood flow, oxygenation levels, and respiratory functions. We also utilize effective warming protocols to avoid hypothermia, which can be a risk for anesthetized patients.
Pain management is tailored to each pet based on pre-and post-surgical needs. Methods vary from pre-operative medications to post-operative IV infusions for 24-hour pain control. Our team may also recommend oral or topical medications for use at home.