Whether performing a regular surgery or an emergency procedure, you can have confidence that all the staff at Dakota Veterinary Center will work hard to ensure each procedure is thorough, done with the utmost expertise, and is as stress-free as possible for both you and your pet.
We fully understand the decision to allow your pet to undergo surgery is never an easy one. To that end, we are happy to answer any questions regarding your pet’s specific surgery. In fact, a pre-surgical consultation is an essential part of the process. Additionally, the veterinary medical staff is happy to provide you with information on postoperative care to ensure a rapid return to your pet’s happy, healthy self.
Before your pet undergoes any surgical procedure, a thorough examination takes place. This exam includes a pre-surgical blood screen, which, along with your pet’s anesthetic history, breed, preexisting conditions, and age, will be used to determine a unique anesthesia protocol. These tests have the added benefit of establishing a baseline for the comparison of future blood tests, should your pet require any.
Comprehensive Pain Management
Just as with humans, the pain has many negative effects on pets that go beyond physical discomfort. Pain after surgery can slow healing and worsen diseases like arthritis. And because animals don’t understand why they are experiencing pain; it can cause behavioral issues and interfere with the bond between you and your pet.
To minimize your pet’s discomfort, we typically use a combination of local anesthetics, NSAIDs, and narcotic pain relievers. The exact protocol is tailored to each animal and depends on a number of factors that are determined by the pre-surgery exam and during the procedure.
The amount of time your pet will need to be monitored after surgery varies. In some cases, animals will need to be monitored overnight; in others, they can be sent home the same day. When your pet is discharged, we will provide you with information on proper home care after surgery. Often, your pet will be prescribed medication. In this case, we will explain how and when to administer it. We will also be available to answer questions after your pet arrives home.
If you have questions about our surgical services please take a look at our FAQs or Contact Us for more information.