We anesthetize about 15-20 pets a day at our little hospital for dentistry, spaying, castrating, the surgical repair of wounds, the removal of cancers and masses, for C Sections, snake bites, gun shot wounds, car accidents, other major trauma, and for abdominal surgery. It's a busy place and we are constantly monitoring and taking steps to prevent and minimize any problems and maximize the likelihood of a successful outcome.
First of all, if you're nervous about your pet's safety in surgery, please relax.
Under going anesthesia is a lot like scuba diving. Of course it can be dangerous and there's a list of procedures and steps taken to minimize risk ... just like with anesthesia and surgery ... but the vast majority of the time everything goes smoothly.
And anesthetic agents have been greatly improved. They're much safer, smoother, easier to reverse, and much less likely to cause side effects, hang overs, and digestive upset.
Not only that, but it's now much easier, more accurate, and inexpensive to screen patients for anemia, diabetes, kidney disease, low protein, clotting problems, weak immune systems, and liver disease. This is a big deal; knowing that a patient has one of these problems allows us to change our protocol & medication selection to greatly increase our chance of success.
At any rate, I've outlined all the steps, options, and costs of bringing your pet in for surgery here. And separate pages specifically about spaying or neutering since almost all well cared for pets have one or the other of these life prolonging surgeries. But before you go to these pages, please read the last couple of remaining paragraphs below.
Which options we recommend and which options you choose will vary greatly depending on the age and general health of your pet and also on how long and complicated the type of surgery.
And, of course, cost is a major consideration for most people.
It costs more money to use the newest and safest anesthetic agents, to do blood work prior to anesthesia to screen for problems, to run IV fluids and oxygen during recovery, to manage pain well, to use the best antibiotics, and so forth. We try very hard to balance quality, safety, comfort, and success versus expense in our recommendations.
So, if you choose to skip certain options in order to save money, we understand.
Just as long as you understand there is another side to the coin... skip too many steps and the risks multiply.
Okay, enough introductory comments and enough about money.
Just know that we follow the Golden Rule as best we can. We don't charge high fees for the sake of our egos or greed, and we don't have super expensive surgical robots or facilities to pay off. We do, however, charge enough to allow us to do a good job with your pet's safety, comfort, and successful outcome as our goal.
These pages will tell you just what to expect, including costs, consent forms, and options.
Thanks, Roger Ross DVM
If you want to know what to expect if you're bringing a pet in for specific surgeries such as C Sections, abdominal surgeries, amputations, or many other procedures ... as well as how I treat different diseases and injuries,
I've pretty much written down everything I know about my profession on this site.
On This Short Page
General information about our practice philosophy and the surgery we do at our busy hospital.
Of all the many things going on at our hospital, surgery and our quest to save lives is the pinnacle of what we do.
We do a lot of different types of surgery at our hospital.
And we do a lot of pre-surgical and post surgical work for cases that go to surgical specialists. These include major orthopedic cases, skin grafts, gut resections, spleen surgery, cardiac or lung surgery and other cases above our level of competence, equipment, or facilities.
On Other Pages Related to Surgery
If your pet is coming in for a surgical or dental procedure requiring general anesthesia, we ask that after reading our comments in the right hand column of this page, you then go to the following pages as appropriate:
If you want to know what to expect if you're bringing a pet in for specific surgeries such as C Sections, abdominal surgeries, amputations, or many other procedures ... as well as how I treat different diseases and injuries, please go to my AnimalPetDoctor.com site.