Surgery

Our top priority for your pet’s surgical is to keep them 

SAFE & HAPPY

We use state-of-the-art surgical equipment and prioritize educating our clients, so you know the appropriate aftercare for your pet.

It is the policy here at Arrowhead Animal Hospital, P.C. for each patient that will be having a surgical procedure to be checked-in by one of our veterinarians. This is important to make sure your pet is in a condition that they can tolerate the anesthesia that will be administered. We recommend bloodwork to be performed to ensure your pet’s organs can assimilate the anesthetic gas properly. Each patient will be monitored while under anesthesia for proper heart rate, blood pressure, and temperature. IV fluids will be administered as directed by the veterinarian to maintain adequate blood pressure during the procedure. Upon discharge, the veterinarian will go over how the procedure went.

COMMON SURGERIES

Spaying & Neutering
Mass Removal
Laceration Repair
Ocular Procedures
Cruciate Ligament Repairs
Emergency Surgery

Risk Reduction

Although many technological advancements have made anesthesia and surgery very safe for pets, some risks still exist. To decrease these risks, we require all patients undergo a physical exam prior to surgery and also conduct a pre-anesthetic blood screening before surgery day. This blood panel will help reduce anesthetic risks by ruling out many internal problems, including clotting disorders, liver and kidney abnormalities and anemia. In addition to the examination and blood screening, we also place an intravenous catheter and administer fluids to help keep your pet hydrated and maintain blood pressure during the procedure. 

Emergency Surgery

We are able to handle emergency surgeries should they arise, just call our office at (303) 469-1616 to let us know you are coming and how long before you will get here so we can be prepared for your arrival.

Laparoscopy

Laparoscopy is a method that allows us to see into the abdominal cavity via a camera and we can therefore do some surgical procedures through a very small abdominal incision. Using this method, our patients heal faster with less bleeding and less pain. AVH has invested in this cutting edge technology in an effort to offer a minimally invasive procedure. The following are common surgeries performed by laparoscopy – Laparoscopic Spay and Gastropexy.

Gastropexy 

A prophylactic gastropexy could save your dog’s life. There are several breeds such as Great Danes, Mastiffs, Akitas, Shepherds, Wolfhounds, Dobermans, Setters, Basset Hounds, and Weimaraners that are predisposed to Gastric Dilatation with Volvulus (GDV). This condition occurs when the stomach twists on itself, which in effect, strangles the blood supply to the stomach and spleen. Many owners prefer to prevent rather than to cure (when their pet is in critical condition) and choose to do a gastropexy at the time of their dog’s spay or neuter. Done laparoscopically, this can be a minimally invasive way to tack the stomach to the body wall and hopefully prevent the potential threat of a torsion.

Risk Reduction

Although many technological advancements have made anesthesia and surgery very safe for pets, some risks still exist. To decrease these risks, we require all patients undergo a physical exam prior to surgery and also conduct a pre-anesthetic blood screening before surgery day. This blood panel will help reduce anesthetic risks by ruling out many internal problems, including clotting disorders, liver and kidney abnormalities and anemia. In addition to the examination and blood screening, we also place an intravenous catheter and administer fluids to help keep your pet hydrated and maintain blood pressure during the procedure.

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