Kind Animal Hospital has the knowledge, facility and staff to offer a wide variety of surgical procedures. We provide surgery of routine procedures such as spays (Ovariohysterectomy) and neuters (Castrations), as well as more involved surgeries such as Ruptured CranialCruciate Ligament (ACL) repair.We offer many soft tissue, orthopedic, and cosmetic surgeries, in addition to a variety of more technical surgeries involving the eye and breed specific issues.
The following is a list of surgeries performed at Kind Animal Hospital, however not limited to this compilation:
• Spays and Neuters
• Oral Surgery
• Surgery of the Eye and Eye lids
• Surgery of the Ear
• Surgery of Cancerous Masses or Legions
• Orthopedic Surgery (various types)
• Soft Tissue Surgery (various types)
• Minor and Moderate reconstructive Surgeries
• Dental Surgery
• And others
At Kind Animal Hospital our philosophy is least invasive and maximum benefit when it relates to surgical procedures. Our veterinarians discuss all procedures routine or complex with owners to educate and inform them of potential risks as well as desired outcome. All surgical appointments are scheduled for at least thirty minutes or longer until our veterinarians and owners are satisfied with the discussion.
AT KIND ANIMAL HOSPITAL WE DO NOT RECOMMEND OR PERFORM FELINE DECLAW OR K-9 EAR CROP SURGERIES. These types of elective surgeries are un-necessary, extremely painful, and very difficult to justify ethically. ONLY IN RARE CASES DO WE PERFORM SUCH SURGERIES IF THERE IS A HEALTH BENEFIT TO THE PATIENT!!!!
Our goal in performing surgery is to provide safe, necessary, and as pain free as possible procedures. We are committed to providing the highest level of care and employ pain management protocols for all procedures.
Surgical / Anesthetic Procedures And Care:
At Kind Animal Hospital we offer a wide array of routine and advanced anesthetic procedures and surgery. While all anesthetic and surgical procedures have inherent risk, here at Kind Animal hospital we pride ourselves on having state of the art anesthetic equipment and monitors as well as highly qualified doctors and veterinary nurses to ensure patient safety. Our patients undergo a complete and thorough assessment at several key points in any anesthetic procedure to ensure desired results and safety.
Anesthesia: Minimal Risks, Maximum Benefits
It is a normal reaction of pet owners to be worried or concerned when their veterinarian recommends a procedure that requires anesthesia. General anesthesia is used routinely in most veterinary practices, and the risks have been greatly reduced with the availability and requirement of pre-anesthetic testing, improved anesthetic drugs, advanced monitoring, and increased veterinary expertise. In this modern age of medicine, pets of all age and conditions can be potential anesthetic candidates and have safe, uneventful anesthetic procedures performed with complete recovery. Explaining and understanding anesthesia is important for putting fears to rest.
What does anesthesia do?
• It brings about a state of unconsciousness so that a patient is not aware of what is occurring.
• It blocks pain sensation over the entire body
• It suppresses muscle reflex and allows for muscle relaxation
• It reduces stress and anxiety to the patient.
Which procedures may require anesthesia?
• Surgeries, Dental work, Diagnostics ( X-ray, Ultrasound, EKG, Echocardiogram, Endoscopy, Colonoscopy, CT scan, MRI), sometimes physical exam assessment, and many others.
What are some things your veterinarian can do to minimize risks of anesthesia?
• Review all medical history and perform thorough physical exams
• Perform lab tests that provide liver, kidney and heart parameters to aid in determining the best anesthetic protocol for your pet.
• Monitoring and constantly assessing and documenting your pet’s vital signs before, during and after anesthesia.
• Recognizing and responding to any abnormalities rapidly and appropriately.
• Adequate post-anesthesia monitoring in the hospital until your pet is discharged to go home
• Providing appropriate home care instruction to pet owners after any anesthetic procedure.
What can pet owners do to minimize the risk of anesthesia?
• Follow pre-anesthetic or surgery feeding instructions carefully. It is extremely important that pets not eat and have an empty stomach prior to anesthesia or surgery as to not vomit and aspirate food into the lungs
• Carefully follow homecare and discharge instructions.
• Confine pets to a safe place in the house that allows for restricted area of movement. Many pets are still not 100% recovered from the effects of anesthesia and may need to be monitored by pet owners for 24 hours.
• Do not leave your pet unattended or with other pets or small children as behavior changes can occur and temporarily cause your pet’s mood to swing a bit unpredictably.
• Contact the veterinarian if you feel that your pet is still not acting right the next day.
• MOST IMPORTANTLY, STAY ENGAGED WITH YOUR PETS RECOVERY AND ASK QUESTIONS. WE AT KIND ANIMAL HOSPITAL ARE HERE TO HELP!
Not all facilities provide the same level of anesthetic care and monitoring!!!! Please be educated in the process to allow for the best care possible for your pets!!!!!
At Kind Animal Hospital we have a systematic protocol in place that is widely used at the university teaching hospitals in North America.
Patients undergoing anesthesia or surgery are assessed on many levels and careful consideration is taken with respect to the following:
• The age, species medical history and overall health, body condition, Physical Exam findings, and Pre-anesthetic blood and X-ray results.
• Any concurrent medical conditions that warrant advanced prescreening such as EKG, Ultrasound, CT, or MRI.
• Length and nature of anesthetic procedure
• Elective procedure vs. Necessary procedure
• Type of anesthesia and pain management that is best suited for a particular procedure. This is very important because not all procedures require the same types of anesthesia and pain management. Having this in mind allows for custom tailored anesthesia for individual patients and procedures. This makes for the best anesthetic choices and safer maintenance and recovery for individual patients.
• Potential for complications and estimated recovery time.
After an initial pre-anesthetic evaluation and thorough assessment of overall patient health, the anesthetic choices are made unique to the individual patient.
All our patients have a minimum pre-anesthetic requirement of a complete physical exam and blood work. Some patients may require more diagnostic work ups such as X-ray, ultrasound, EKG, or echocardiogram.
All patients undergoing anesthesia have exclusive personnel specially trained and experienced in anesthesia and surgery dedicated to your pet’s safety and recovery.
THE REALITY IS THAT GENERAL ANESTHESIA IS PERFORMED SAFELY ON THOUSANDS OF ANIMALS DAILY. THE BENEFIT OF A NECESSARY PROCEDURE REQUIRING ANESTHESIA FAR OUTWEIGHS THE RISKS ASSOCIATED. THE CORRECT VETERINARIAN, FACILITY, AND STAFF ARE INTIGRAL IN THE SAFETY AND WELLBEING OF YOUR PETS.