Pet Surgical Services
Central Valley Animal Hospital is equipped with a state-of-the-art surgical suite and trained veterinarians who perform a wide range of general surgical procedures. Our surgical suite is equipped with the latest anethesia and patient monitoring equipment.
We carefully examine each pet prior to surgery and require that every patient have a pre-anesthetic blood test to evaluate their internal organ function. After examination, anesthetic drugs are individually selected for your pet based on the procedure, their age, breed, and health condition.
Surgeries performed at Central Valley Animal Hospital include:
- Oral surgery
- Many orthopedic surgeries, including fracture repair, hip (FHO) repair, cruciate (ACL) repair and patellar luxation
- Abdominal surgery
- Urinary tract surgery
- Cesarean section
- Growth removal
- Laceration repair
- Emergency surgery (e.g. foreign object retrieval, wound repair, others as needed)
We are pleased to offer laser surgery at Central Valley Animal Hospital. Laser surgery is a cutting-edge procedure that minimizes post-operative discomfort and reduces the recovery time for your pet. A surgical laser produces a powerful beam of light, which comes in contact with the tissue, sealing small blood vessels and nerve endings as it makes incisions. The laser kills any bacteria in its path, reducing the risk of swelling and infection compared to traditional surgery. Dr. Waters has received advanced training in the use of the surgical laser, and has been utilizing this technology for several years.
The laser is used for all surgical procedures—no more scalpel blades! Your pet will experience less pain, bleeding, infection, swelling, and discomfort after his or her surgery. Because this is what Dr. Waters uses on her own pets, use of the laser is included in all surgeries; there is never an extra fee for use of this technology!
Before surgery, your pet will be screened and anesthetics will be hand-selected depending on your pet’s breed, age, health, and other factors. Blood tests will also be done before any anesthesia is given to confirm that your pet’s liver, heart, and kidneys are functioning properly and that your pet is a good candidate for anesthesia.
During surgery, we have a medically trained staff member solely keeping an eye on your pet’s vital signs. Their main priority is monitoring your pet’s heart rate and rhythm, respiratory functions, body temperature, and maintaining proper oxygen levels for your pet.
We believe that it’s important to keep a line of communication open with you every step of the way. Our staff will ensure that we have up-to-date contact information to keep you fully informed about your pet’s surgery, progress, and recovery. Oftentimes, pain medication is sent to keep your pet as comfortable as possible. Our staff will provide post-operative care instructions, and we will explain everything you need to know to care for your pet at home.
Please speak with one of our staff members if you have any specific questions regarding your pet’s surgery or post-operative care.