Surgery

At Sunnycrest Animal Care Center, we understand how scary it is to think about surgery, understand your concern, and do everything possible to make the experience as easy for you and your pet as possible.

surgery for ruptured cruciate ligament

We commonly perform the following type surgery

  • Soft tissue, including masses or tumors
  • Intra-abdominal surgery including spays and neuters
  • Cancers
  • Foreign body removal
  • Dental surgery
  • Wound repair
  • Orthopedic, including fracture repairs and joint surgery
  • Emergency surgery
  • Gastrointestinal (GI)
  • Cesarean section
  • Eye lids
  • Anal Sac removal

Everyone worries about the risk of anesthesia including the doctors and staff at Sunnycrest Animal Care Center. Before surgery, we typically recommend a complete pre-anesthetic laboratory panel to determine if there are otherwise undetectable problems that could cause a problem for your pet. For spays and neuters of clinically healthy young pets we do not require pre-anesthetic laboratory work however we are happy to be on the “safe side” and perform these tests. If test results show your pet is well enough for anesthesia we will go ahead with the surgery.

We ask you to withhold food the night before surgery and take away access to water 8 hours before the surgery unless your pet has a condition that would contraindicate withholding water. If your pet normally drinks more than an ounce of water per pound of body weight be sure to inform us and ask for special instructions.

If a pet is nervous or excited when in for surgery we often administer a sedative before the procedure begins. Once your pet is under anesthesia the technician and doctor monitors vital signs.

Anesthesia machine

We offer laser surgery which is used in the most progressive veterinary hospitals because it results in improved therapeutic results, reduces healing time, bleeding and pain. We recommend the laser surgery for declawing cats, soft tissue surgery, oral surgery and orthopedic surgery. “Laser” stands for Light Amplification by the Stimulated Emission of Radiation. Lasers work by producing an intense beam of bright light that travels in one direction. The laser beam can cut, seal or vaporize skin tissue and blood vessels.

We feel pain control is of utmost importance and while we do not require pain medication, we recommend it for most procedures and usually dispense pain medication for you to give at home.

The Sunnycrest surgical staff will monitor your pet closely before, during and after the procedure. We want your pet to be back to normal, healthy and happy as soon as possible.