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At Ponemah Veterinary Hospital, we understand just how concerning it can be to bring your pet in for a surgical procedure, whether it’s a routine spay or neuter or something more complex. Rest assured that we will do everything we can to make the experience as stress-free as possible for both you and your animal companion. We want you to feel confident that when you bring your pet to us for surgery, he or she will be in caring, competent hands.
Our state-of-the-art surgical suite allows for the performance of a wide variety of surgical procedures, including spays, neuters, laser declaws, lump/mass removals, abdominal surgeries, cystotomies (to remove bladder stones), wound/abscess surgeries, and more. Our well-trained, compassionate careteam is always on hand to carefully monitor the safety and comfort of each surgical patient – before, during and following surgery.
For those procedures that require a level of care that goes beyond our expertise, we have a traveling surgical specialist available to perform orthopedic surgeries such as the repair of fractures, ruptured anterior cruciate ligaments, and luxating patellas, as well as some specialty soft tissue surgeries. When needed, we also have to ability to refer your pet to a wide network of surgical specialty facilities. Whatever your pet’s surgical needs, we’re here to help!
At Ponemah Veterinary Hospital, we feel strongly about the use of surgical pain medications and utilize very progressive and comprehensive protocols before, during and after a pet’s procedure. Feel free to ask about what pain medications will be used for your pet. In most cases, we will send a pain medication prescription home after the procedure to help your pet recover as quickly and comfortably as possible.
At Ponemah Veterinary Hospital, your pet’s safety and comfort are always our top priority. We utilize only the safest available anesthetic protocols to provide as safe a surgery as possible. Although there are always risks associated with anesthesia, we take every step possible to minimize those risks. We tailor every anesthetic protocol to fit each individual patient, based on the type of procedure and the overall health status of the animal. We also use an electronic patient monitor as well as our diligent and highly trained nursing staff to monitor our patients thoroughly including ECG, heart rate, pulse oximetry, temperature, respirations, and blood pressure.
Prior to any anesthesia being administered, all patients receive a complete blood profile check to ensure that the pet’s organs are functioning properly and to reveal any hidden health conditions that could put your pet at risk. All patients undergoing surgery or dentistry are placed on IV fluids, which help to maintain both blood pressure and blood flow through the kidneys.
Dr. Edwards has extensive experience performing laser surgery. She has been using a laser since 2002 and has performed many types of procedures. She has been called upon several times for her knowledge and expertise regarding laser surgical issues from other veterinarians, and has helped to teach other veterinarians laser surgery procedures.
There are many benefits to laser surgery. As the laser cuts, it seals nerve endings and blood vessels resulting in less pain, bleeding, and swelling. All of our declaw procedures are performed using the laser, which significantly reduces pain, bleeding, and recovery time. Other benefits include the ability to “melt away” small benign lumps such as warts, skin tags, and some eyelid masses, eliminating the need for cutting and sewing. Some of these can even be performed while the animal is awake, using a local anesthetic. We are also able to safely trim the soft palate or open up the nostrils in brachycephalic breeds (flattened faces – bulldogs, pugs, Boston terriers, etc.) which can greatly enhance their ability to breathe and reduce the long term consequences of their obstructed breathing.