Quality Surgical Care and Compassionate Service
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 the comfort and safety of your pet during every procedure.
Our veterinarians are equipped to perform a variety of routine and advanced surgeries, including:
This involves removing the ovaries and uterus to prevent reproduction. This is a major procedure that involves general anesthesia and a proper pain management plan. We recommend spaying for all females between 4-6 months of age.
This surgery removes the testicles to prevent reproduction. Neutering requires general anesthesia but is less invasive than spaying. We recommend neutering for all males by 6 months of age.
Cryosurgery is the use of extreme cold to eliminate diseased or potentially problematic tissue. This process is less invasive than traditional surgeries and does not require anesthesia.
If your dog is born with extra toes on the rear feet, we may recommend their removal so they do not get caught on objects or become infected.
Soft tissue surgeries
This refers to any procedure that does not involve bones and joints. Examples include skin/wound reconstruction, eye/facial procedures, cystotomies (bladder surgery), and perineal urethrostomy surgeries.
This is a type of soft tissue surgery that involves the removal of growths for medical or cosmetic reasons. Growths may be non-cancerous (benign) or cancerous (malignant) and should be sent to a pathologist to determine a treatment plan post-surgery.
Depending on the situation, our team may refer your pet to one of our partner hospitals to receive specialized care or treatment.
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 his or her condition. We also provide a post-surgical home care form with instructions on how to care for your pet at home.
While there are different levels of anesthesia, you can trust our veterinarians to make the appropriate recommendation for your pet. While under anesthesia, your pet is monitored using a variety of methods, including:
- Doppler blood pressure
- Oxygen/carbon dioxide levels
- Temperature regulation
- Constant human evaluation
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.