As a practice accredited by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA), all patients at Lindenhurst Animal Hospital are well-cared for before, during, and after surgery. We also abide by AAHA’s anesthetic and surgical protocols, including pre surgical assessments, dedicated surgical suites, the surgical attire of our team, sterilization methods, and equipment. We perform most surgeries in-house and work with local referral practices as necessary for unique procedures. Because your pet’s safety and comfort are of great importance to us, we strive to help you feel at ease about leaving them in our care by discussing what our plans are for your individual pet.
What to Expect Before Surgery
A complete wellness exam and any necessary diagnostics are performed prior to doing surgery. This may include blood tests, radiographs, or even an EKG to help us with determining if your pet is healthy enough for anesthesia. Once your pet has been cleared for surgery, we proceed as planned.
Placing an IV catheter provides us with direct access to the vein, which we use to administer the anesthesia, fluids, and medication. We also have equipment to monitor vital signs including blood pressure, blood oxygen levels, and heart rate. We monitor our patients before, during, and after surgery. At the end of surgery, we use laser therapy on incisions or any dental procedures to decrease inflammation and aid in healing.
What to Expect After Surgery
After surgery has been performed, your pet is moved to a recovery area where they continue to be monitored until they are fully awake. At that time, you will be contacted by us to advise you on their status and schedule a release time for picking up your pet. We will provide you with at-home care instructions and pain medications. Keep in mind, your pet will likely be sluggish as a result of the anesthesia, and this is completely normal. However, if you have any questions during your pet’s recovery, don’t hesitate to contact us. We’ll be glad to help and make sure you’re comfortable providing your pet with the post-surgical care they need.