We would all love for our pets to be able to live long, happy, healthy lives, but sometimes dog or cat surgery is necessary for this to happen. Fox Animal Hospital is equipped to provide a wide range of surgical services for our patients, from routine elective procedures, such as spaying and neutering, to more complex surgeries. For surgical needs beyond our areas of expertise, we can recommend a referral to a trusted, skilled surgical specialist in the area. We perform all surgeries under general anesthesia for your pet’s safety. If you think your dog or cat is need of surgery, please give us a call at (847) 869-4900.
Dog and Cat Surgery and Anesthesia Protocols
Our pet surgery suite and anesthetic protocols are designed to provide the utmost comfort and safety for your pet. The suite features a surgical table with a heated surface which helps maintain body temperature during procedures. Prior to any procedure we perform, we conduct a wellness exam and perform blood work to be sure each patient is healthy enough for anesthesia and for the surgery itself. We base our anesthetic protocols on the most current recommendations set forth by the American Animal Hospital Association’s recommendations.
In addition to dog and cat surgery that requires an anesthetic protocol, we also offer growth removals with a cryoprobe, which can be done with no anesthesia. A cryoprobe is a device that releases a very fine, targeted spray of liquid nitrous oxide that causes no pain or discomfort to your pet. It freezes abnormal tissue while causing no harm to the normal skin around it. Once the abnormal growth is frozen, it simply falls off naturally, usually in a few days' time.
Before and After Your Dog and Cat's Surgery
After we determine that your pet is healthy enough for surgery, we begin administering anesthesia. We also provide both pre- and post-operative pain management, so your pet can be as comfortable as possible throughout the procedure. Our surgical suite is equipped with modern equipment to assist our surgical technicians in monitoring your pet’s vitals during anesthesia. This includes ECG, heart rate, respiration rate, blood pressure, and blood oxygen content (pulse oximetry).
After the surgical procedure is completed, and your pet is ready to be discharged, one of our technicians will provide you with detailed information about post-operative care and medication instructions. If you have any questions or concerns at all, please feel free to ask during this time, or call us later if you need more information.