Reducing Risk and Maximizing Comfort in Every Pet Surgery
Any surgery can cause anxiety for pet owners. Even routine surgeries have some small level of risk for their beloved companion. At Bowman Animal Hospital and Cat Clinic, we take every step we can to minimize risk during every pet surgery to ensure a safe procedure and a smooth recovery. Our practice serves Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, and surrounding areas with both soft tissue surgeries as well as orthopedics.
No matter what surgery your pet needs, we take the same high level of precaution with every procedure. Your pet will undergo a pre-anesthetic exam and blood work to check for any underlying conditions that could affect their response to anesthesia. Once cleared, a dedicated technician sets up an IV catheter to provide them with fluid therapy that keeps them hydrated and regulates their blood pressure. Each procedure has 2-3 technicians assisting, one with the sole responsibility of monitoring your pet constantly, while the others assist with anesthesia and the surgery, playing a vital role in your pet's procedure.
We monitor your pet’s:
- Blood pressure
- Heart rate
- Body temperature
- PO2 (percent of oxygenation of the blood)
- PCO2 (percent of carbon dioxide in the body)
- Gum color
- Capillary refill time
Our veterinarians and technicians take every precaution to ensure we minimize any risk.
Anesthesia can make me and any pet a little groggy for up to 24 hours after surgery. I won't be very playful and may not eat much either. Be patient with me and give me time to rest!
Soft Tissue & Orthopedic Surgeries
Soft tissue surgeries refer to those done on any tissue that isn’t bone, while orthopedic (you guessed it) has to do with bones and joints. Our expert staff performs soft tissue surgeries with expertise. Orthopedic procedures are performed by a mobile surgical practice providing excellent surgical care for your pet in the comfort of our hospital.
Common surgeries performed include:
- Spay and neuter
- Anal gland removal
- Perineal urethrostomy
- Tumor and mass removal
- Ear hematoma
- Basic ophthalmology (eye surgery)
- JPS (Juvenile pelvic symphysiodesis, a procedure done on puppies to significantly reduce the risk of developing hip dysplasia)
- TPLO (Tibial plateau leveling osteotomy, an option to repair a ruptured CCL)
- ECR (Extracapsular repair, an option to repair a ruptured CCL)
- Luxating patella repair
- Fracture repair
Providing Comfort with Pain Management
Reducing pain is not only an issue of comfort but of healing, too. Pain causes stress, which increases the release of the hormone cortisol, which in turn, slows healing. Our pet pain management provides relief from the moment your pet wakes from anesthesia through to their full recovery. Our pain protocol includes:
- Pre-emptive epidural
- Local nerve blocks
- Post-operative medication including opioids and NSAIDs
- Laser therapy as a compliment or alternative option
We’ll also provide detailed at-home care instructions unique to your pet and their procedure so you know what to expect during their recovery. For more information about pet surgery and capabilities, please don’t hesitate to contact us!
Is your pet's surgery coming up soon? Save time in the clinic by filling out the appropriate surgery consent forms online here.