Dog And Cat Surgery in Libertyville, IL
At GreenTree Animal Hospital, we recognize just how important your pet is to you and your family. That’s why we take every precaution necessary to ensure their safety and health. This is especially true for our pet surgery services. Cats and dogs commonly undergo surgery at least once in their lives. Usually, this is a spay and neuter surgery, but other procedures such as removals of cat and dog cataracts, mass removals, and other soft tissue surgeries are common.
Your pet’s safety is our top priority during any procedure. Our goal is to minimize any risk associated with anesthesia and the procedure.
We do this through the following protocols:
- Pre-anesthetic exam and bloodwork. We check your pet’s overall health as well as the status of their kidneys and liver, which play an essential role in metabolizing the anesthesia.
- IV catheterization. We’ll set your pet up with an IV catheter that supplies them with fluids throughout the procedure. This also allows us to administer any needed medications quickly and efficiently.
- Vitals monitoring. We monitor all your pet’s vitals to watch for any changes so we can address them as needed. We watch heart rate and rhythm, pulse oximetry, respiration rate, and more.
- Dedicated technician. Your pet is assigned a dedicated technician who will watch over your pet from the start of anesthesia through their recovery.
- Pain management. We administer appropriate pain management before, during, and after the surgery so your pet wakes with minimal discomfort.
Our Surgical Capabilities
Our veterinarians are highly skilled in a variety of soft tissue surgeries. Some of the common ones we perform include:
- Mass removals
- Spays and neuters
- Ear hematomas
- Cataract removal
- Cherry eye
- Cystotomies (bladder surgery)
- Foreign body removals
- Abdominal surgeries
- And more
Surgical Recovery for Pets
Our pets are amazingly resilient and sometimes, it’s necessary to make sure they take it easy after surgery. We send unique care instructions home for your particular pet when you come to pick them up, but there are some general guidelines to follow. While it’s normal for pets to be a bit groggy 24-48 hours after surgery as the anesthesia wears off, chances are they will likely bounce back to their happy selves soon after! We recommend keeping your cat or dog in a crate or pet-safe room for about a week to ten days after surgery to limit their movement. This is necessary to keep them from tearing their sutures. Other recommendations include:
- Keeping them from licking their incision (sometimes a cone is necessary)
- Avoiding play with other pets
- Limiting any jumping and running
- Keeping them hydrated
- Watching their incision for signs of tearing or infection
If you have any questions during the recovery process, please don’t hesitate to reach out at (847) 680-6543.