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Information on Pet Surgery

Does your pet’s upcoming veterinary surgery make you feel nervous?

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Almost all dogs and cats are spayed or neutered in Grand Junction, Fruita, Clifton, Orchard Mesa, and Redlands to prevent reproduction and to help guard against problems that can result if they aren't "fixed," like breast cancer, pyometra (infected uterus), testicular cancer, or enlarged prostates. Taking any family member in for surgery can be difficult, whether it's another person or it's one of your furry, family members. Our veterinarian at Redlands Pet Clinic knows exactly how you feel. All of us have pets that have had surgery and have had the same feelings you're going through. We make doubly-sure that each surgery we perform is as stress-free as possible...for you and your pet. Try your best not to worry and trust that we will use every means available to allow your friend to come through surgery healthy and happy.

Care Before Surgery Advised by Our Veterinarian

The first thing we do is carefully look over our incoming surgical candidates. This way we can make sure that any hidden problems are revealed so that we can prepare for any possible complications ahead of time. Fortunately, most pets that we do surgery on don't have any major problems. And we always make sure that each animal is kept warm, safe, secure, and as free of pain as possible— pre-op, during surgery itself, and post-op. The veterinarian here at Redlands Pet Clinic not only has extensive knowledge of the most surgical procedures they perform, but also of the best pain control medications available to keep your friend comfortable. They will decide what is best for your pet.

Surgery On Your Pet, Whether it be Your Dog, Cat, Horse, Reptile, Bird, Hamster, Guinea Pig, or Rabbit

Our veterinarian make sure that your pet's operation is the most important thing we're doing at the time. We don't try to multitask. Even though each spay and neuter could be called "routine," there's no such thing as routine in any surgery. Each case is a little different, and the veterinarian has to use his years of experience (over 40 years) to decide the best course of action in each situation, whether it's a spay or neuter, or a complicated orthopedic or abdominal procedure. We strive, from the time you walk in the door, to make sure your pet stays as calm and relaxed as is possible. We will also be happy to answer any questions you may think of when you bring your friend in for whatever surgical procedure is scheduled.

For most surgeries, we will first sedate your Dog or Cat to calm it and make anesthesia go more smoothly. Then it will be anesthetized, usually with gas anesthesia, and will be carefully monitored with equipment designed especially for animals, prior to, during, and after surgery. Someone besides the veterinarian doing surgery will always be monitoring blood pressure, oxygen levels, heart rate, and breathing while your family member is asleep, under the effects of the anesthetic gas, and they will adjust things as directed by the veterinarian present, if necessary.

Care After Surgery and Sending Your Pet Home

Our veterinarian has post-surgical compartments where your pet will be placed at the end of anesthesia so we can keep a close eye on it until it is fully awake. Our veterinary staff will be present to help your pet recover as comfortably and pain-free as possible. Later, when it is ready to be released and you have arrived to take your friend home, we will make sure we go over aftercare instructions with you and give you a number to call if there are any questions after arriving home. If indicated, we will send home pain medication and any other necessary drugs. Our goal is to have your pet get back to normal as comfortably and quickly as possible.

Having surgery performed doesn't have to cause you to worry, especially if our veterinarian at Redlands Pet Clinic are taking care of you. Please give us a call today at (970) 245-4060 so we call talk to you and explain how we can be of assistance if your furry friend has any surgical need.