VCA Todds Lane Animal Hospital is a full service state-of-the-art facility offering comprehensive services for your pet’s surgical needs. Our American Animal Hospital Association accreditation requires us to adhere to the highest professional standards involving anesthesia, soft tissue and orthopedic procedures.
Whether your pet is in need of a lengthy operation or needs mild sedation for a simple laceration repair, the same care and attention to detail will be provided from the moment you enter our hospital to the time you are discharged. Elective procedure or emergency, acute situation or chronic-all of our patients are treated to the same compassionate and complete care to make their procedures as safe and successful as possible.
Surgical patients receive a preoperative examination by the veterinary surgeon. This includes physical examination and blood work performed in our on-site laboratory. Anesthetic protocols are tailored to each patient’s individual status based upon age, health and type of procedure to be performed. Pain management is a priority and is initiated prior to anesthetic induction in order to ensure your pet’s comfort throughout the entire surgical procedure. Intravenous catheters may be placed to provide fluid support. Once anesthetized, all patients are carefully monitored for changes in pulse and respiratory rate, temperature, oxygen saturation levels and blood pressure. An electrocardiogram affords constant information on cardiac performance and a trained surgical assistant is present at all times to take readings, watch the patient and alert the surgeon should any concerns arise.
Upon completion of the surgical procedure, the patient continues to be monitored until fully awake. This includes supplemental warmth to prevent hypothermia and close observation of all vital signs to ensure a smooth recovery. Once awake, the patient is taken back to the recovery room to rest. Food is offered (unless contraindicated) and ambulatory patients may be taken outside for a walk. Pain management continues as needed throughout the post-operative period. You will receive a call once your pet is awake and complete discharge instructions (as well as additional pain relief medication) will be provided to you when you arrive to take your pet home.
Whether you are considering an elective procedure for your pet or facing more immediate health concerns, please contact our office and ask to speak with one of our Veterinarians. We’ll be happy to answer any questions you might have and offer solutions for you and your pet.