Surgical Services

Surgical Services

Though surgeries are something you can expect during your pet’s lifetime, they can be stressful for you and for your furry friends. But here at Countryside, you don’t have to worry! Our doctors and staff have extensive experience in all types of surgical procedures. We use state of the art anesthetic monitoring and surgical equipment. We will take care of your pets, keep them calm throughout the process and make sure they always comfortable.


 

 

 

General Information

After performing a complete examination and reviewing your pet’s medical state, we will discuss treatment options that may include surgery and put together a plan that suits the needs of both you and your pet.

If surgery is recommended, you can feel comfortable knowing that our veterinarians adhere to the highest level of care standards for all surgical procedures. Whether it’s a simple or complex surgical procedure, we cut no corners in ensuring the safe and smooth recovery of your pet. We always perform preoperative examinations prior to any surgical procedure, and we also suggest preoperative health screens to determine the best choice of anesthetics, IV catheters and IV fluids are also recommended to increase safety during surgery to help prevent unforeseen complications during or after surgery. Knowing which course of action is best for your pet can be an overwhelming decision process. At Countryside, we are here to help make the process as easy as possible. Our doctors and staff will walk you through the process and explain what will happen throughout the day so that you can spend your day worry-free after your pet has been admitted for surgery.

Typically, your pet's veterinarian would review the following information with you during your pet's pre-surgical visit:

• Physical exam and results
• Blood work - this can either be done a few days before your pet's procedure or can be processed in house the same day as the procedure
• Any vaccinations that may need to be updated to ensure your pet's safety during his or her stay in our hospital
• Discussing the surgical procedure
• Answering any questions you may have about the procedure or taking care of your pet at home afterwards
• Provide and review a detailed treatment/surgery plan for your pet
• Signing paperwork in order to complete the check-in process and verify contact information during your pet's stay

If your pet is scheduled for a surgical procedure, our receptionists will call to confirm the surgery and to go over pre-operative instructions. Below is the information to remember before bringing your pet in for surgery:

• No food after midnight the night before the surgery.
• It is okay to leave water out for your pet prior to surgery.
• Admittance time is between 7:30 and 9:30 the morning of the surgery unless you have a scheduled appointment with the doctor that morning.
• Please notify us of any medications given 24 hours prior to surgery.

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Surgery Information

We know that any surgery for your pet can be a worry for you. At Countryside Veterinary Hospital, we want to assure you that all steps are taken to provide the best and safest surgical care for your furry family members. If surgery is recommended you can feel comfortable knowing that our veterinarians adhere to the highest level of care standards for all surgical procedures. Whether a simple or complex surgical procedure, we cut no corners in ensuring the safe and smooth recovery of your pet. We have highly skilled veterinarians and a caring, compassionate, and experienced team of veterinary technicians and assistants. When a complex or specialized surgery is needed we utilize a Board Certified Veterinary Surgeons.

Our doctors will provide appropriate pain relief so that pain is identified and treated if present. Our highly skilled surgical team place the utmost emphasis on pain management to ensure your pet is safe and comfortable throughout the treatment process. Pain medications are administered before, during and after the surgeries are completed. While some might think that a pet who experiences some pain and discomfort after surgery is a good thing to help limit mobility, a pet with appropriate pain management will actually heal better and faster.

Our veterinarians, along with our strong support staff, closely monitor your pet from start to finish, tailoring care as needed. Using advanced technology, visual assessment and recording of vital signs is done by one of our well trained veterinary surgical technicians. We monitor your pet’s blood pressure, temperature, heart rate, heart rhythm, respiratory rate, oxygen saturation, and carbon dioxide levels throughout surgery. Your pet is anesthetized with human-grade anesthesia. A technician is present during the entire surgery and recovery process to maintain the safety and comfort of your pet, much like a nurse being with you from start to finish. Our pets are our patients and it is our responsibility to make sure that they are comfortable during their stay with us.

We’re with you every step of the way, we believe that keeping our patients safe, clean and comfortable before, during and after surgery is of the greatest importance and an essential component of your pet’s care and recovery. The veterinarian or the veterinary surgical nurse will call you with an update once your pet is in recovery. To ease your mind further, we will discuss the surgical procedure with you and answer any questions you may have regarding your pet’s surgery. Your pet's veterinarian will meet with you after the procedure to explain how everything went and go over the discharge instructions with you.

Once your pet goes home and begins the healing process, it is important to follow all post-op instructions. Even if your pet looks or acts like he or she has not had surgery, please keep any follow-up appointments that were scheduled at the time of discharge. It is important to make sure that the veterinarian can visualize the progress and catch any potential issues early.

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Spaying and Neutering

Spaying

Spaying your pet has many benefits. The procedure, which prevents female animals from becoming pregnant and reproducing, can help your dog or cat live a longer, healthier life. Spaying will not change your pet’s personality.

By spaying your female pet, you’re protecting her against potentially deadly diseases, including bacterial infections, reproductive tract diseases, and several types of cancer. You also won’t have to worry about her going into heat. This means avoiding the mess that often accompanies the heat cycle in female dogs and the pacing and crying that happens with female cats. In addition, spaying your pet will help control the dog and cat overpopulation problem, keeping more animals out of shelters.

Spaying, which involves removing the ovaries and uterus, is a surgical procedure and does need to be performed with the pet under anesthesia. We follow strict protocols and continually monitor your pet’s vital signs to help ensure her safety. Please see the descriptions under Anesthesia and Patient Monitoring for more information on what we do to keep your pet safe.

To set up an appointment to have your pet spayed or to learn more about this procedure, call or visit us. If you are struggling with the decision of whether to spay your pet, please call us so we can discuss your concerns.

Neutering

Neutering your pet has many benefits. The procedure, which prevents male animals from reproducing, can help your dog or cat live a longer, healthier life. Neutering will not change your pet’s personality.

By neutering your pet, you’re reducing or eliminating his risk for prostate and testicular cancer, as well as sexually transmitted diseases. Neutering will also reduce or eliminate undesirable and embarrassing behavior, including roaming, fighting, humping, and spraying. In addition, neutering your pet will help control the dog and cat overpopulation problem, keeping more animals out of shelters.

Neutering, which involves removing the testicles, is a surgical procedure and does need to be performed with the pet under anesthesia. We follow strict protocols and continually monitor your pet’s vital signs to help ensure his safety. Please see the descriptions under Anesthesia and Patient Monitoring for more information on what we do to keep your pet safe.

To set up an appointment to have your pet neutered or to learn more about this procedure, please call or visit us. If you are struggling with the decision of whether to neuter your pet, please call us or stop by so we can discuss your concerns.


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Soft Tissue Surgery

Soft tissue surgery encompasses a very wide range of surgical procedures from spay and neuters to mass or foreign body removals. Even many of the more complicated soft tissue surgeries can be performed at Countryside Veterinary Hospital. Our veterinarians are highly qualified and perform many soft tissue surgeries. Soft tissue surgeries are those that are not associated with the bone. The most common soft tissue surgery performed on pets is the removal of masses, or lumps. While most are found to be benign (not harmful), occasionally they are more serious. Early removal and accurate diagnosis of a lump is necessary to improve the outcome in your pet if the mass is cancerous.

At Countryside, your pet will be in good hands. Our doctors are experts in many different types of soft tissue surgeries and Dr. Hofler's area of interest is surgery. Because of the knowledge of our veterinarians, our hospital offers a comprehensive list of surgeries that can be performed without a referral to a specialty hospital. What does this mean for you and your pet? You won't need to drive from hospital to hospital to get your pet the care he or she needs.

We want to assure you that all steps are taken to provide the best and safest surgical care for your furry family members. If surgery is recommended, you can feel comfortable knowing that our veterinarians adhere to the highest level of care standards for all surgical procedures. Whether it is a simple or complex surgical procedure, we cut no corners in ensuring the safe and smooth recovery of your pet. We have highly skilled veterinarians and a caring, compassionate, and experienced team of veterinary technicians and assistants.

Some of the more common soft tissue surgeries performed at Countryside Veterinary Hospital are:
• Mass removal
• Open wound repair
• Caesarian Section
• Cystotomy
• Hernia repair
• Foreign body or obstruction
• Ear hematoma
• Anal gland surgeries
• Abdominal exploratory
• Blocked urethra
• Splenectomy
• Enucleation
• Feline declaw

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Orthopedic Surgery

At Countryside Veterinary Hospital we take pride in our ability to assist you and your pets with orthopedic surgeries and many other surgical procedures. We utilize the services of Dr. Tracy Frey, a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons, for all extensive orthopedic surgeries and soft tissue surgeries.

Our team at Countryside Veterinary Hospital understands that surgery can be a worrisome time for your family and we want to assure you that all steps are taken to provide the best and safest surgical care for your furry family members. If surgery is recommended, you can feel comfortable knowing that our veterinarians adhere to the highest level of care standards for all surgical procedures. Whether it is a simple or complex surgical procedure, we cut no corners in ensuring the safe and smooth recovery of your pet. We have highly skilled veterinarians and a caring, compassionate, and experienced team of veterinary technicians and assistants. When a complex or specialized surgery is needed we utilize a Board Certified Veterinary Surgeon.

Below is a list of some of the specialized orthopedic surgeries performed at Countryside Veterinary Hospital:

• Canine cruciate ligament repair
• Medial patella luxation correction
• Total hip replacement
• Fracture repair procedures – pins, wires, plates, screws, external fixators cut, torn or avulsed tendons and/or ligaments
• Femoral head and neck osteotomies
• Dislocations
• Amputations

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Oral Surgery and Extractions

Oral surgery and tooth extractions are common dental procedures performed in most veterinary hospitals. Countryside Veterinary Hospital's doctors and trained dental technicians are able to perform these procedures with ease and can help improve your pet's quality of life.

Some dental extractions are simple while other can be more difficult; some teeth are particularly difficult to extract. We consider teeth as functional “assets” or non-functional “liabilities” for our patients. All teeth serve a function however, some teeth are functionally more important than others. Our goal is to transform nonfunctional teeth to functional teeth, if we can. Painful teeth are nonfunctional. A build up of calculus on one side of the mouth, and substantially less calculus on the other side of the mouth may be an indicator of pain.

Painful teeth may have enamel defects, may be fractured (with dentin or pulp exposure), severely affected by periodontal disease, have pulpitis (inflammed pulp), pulp infection, root abscess, or be associated with a jaw fracture. Sometimes, extraction is the only option. There may be no reasonable way to transform a particular tooth to a functional tooth. Either way, the goal remains the same: to make your pet's mouth healthy and pain free thereby improving his or her quality of life.

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