Surgery

The veterinary team understands that when your pet needs surgery, this can be a scary thing to have to go through. Our veterinarians understand that your pet is a member of the family, and we take pride in treating them as if they were a member of our family as well. We offer many surgeries in-house such as spays, neuters, mass removals, cystotomies, enterotomies, and more. For more complicated surgeries we have excellent relationships with referral surgeons and mobile board-certified surgeons so that we can offer you the best care possible for your pet.

What to Expect
If your pet does have to undergo surgery at Wagly, rest assured that we do everything we can to make it as safe as possible. Before medications are administered the pet will undergo a complete physical examination. Preanesthetic blood-work is performed to rule out potential risks such as underlying kidney or liver dysfunction. Wagly Veterinary Hospital and Pet Campus offers an in-house diagnostic laboratory so bloodwork is often performed the same morning of surgery and results are obtained in less 20 minutes. When the examination is complete and results are obtained from bloodwork, the doctor will select an individually tailored dose and type of pre-anesthetic medications to help the pet relax and to prevent discomfort.

An intravenous catheter will be placed, and your pet will be placed under general anesthesia (with endotracheal intubation). Throughout the procedure anesthetic gas, oxygen and intravenous fluids are administered. Surgery is performed in a surgical suite protected from potential contaminants.

Like a human hospital the surgeon performs a sterile scrub and surgeries are performed wearing a cap and mask, gown and sterile gloves. There is a trained team (including the veterinarian performing surgery, veterinary technicians and/or assistants) all dedicated to the care and monitoring of your pet. Advanced monitoring technologies routinely implemented include body temperature monitoring and warming, heart rate and electrocardiography (EKG), blood pressure, and oxygen saturation. Following the procedure, your pet is kept warm, oxygen is administered as needed, and your pet is continuously directly supervised as the anesthesia wears off and your pet becomes alert and ambulatory.

Pain medications are administered as needed and any needed medications or supplies (like an e-collar) for aftercare can be dispensed from the full on-site veterinary hospital pharmacy. When your pet is recovered and ready to go home, a veterinary team member will meet with you in an exam room to discuss the procedure, what you should expect at home, follow up care, and schedule your pet’s next recheck examination.

Spay/Neuter

At Wagly Veterinary Hospital and Pet campus, sterilization (aka spay or neuter) is recommended for nearly all of the pets unless the pet parent plans to use the pet as a part of a quality strategic breeding program or for competitions. As a requirement for participation in group play, for the safety of people and pets, Wagly requires that pets over the age of nine months must be spayed or neutered. We welcome intact pets in all other services offered including individual daycare or overnight boarding, grooming, or with the veterinary team.

Why should pets be altered? The reproductive organs are responsible for producing hormones that have a variety of actions in the pet’s body. Removal of the exposure to these hormones results in a statistically significant improvement in pets’ wellness throughout their lifetime.

Pain/Anesthesia

Whether it be for preventative procedures, like a spay or neuter, or due to illness or injury, there are times in your pets’ life they may need to go under anesthesia. Each Wagly hospital is equipped with a full surgical suite where we can perform surgical procedures such as growth removals, spays/neuters, abdominal procedures, and more.

We know that putting your pet through surgery and anesthesia can be scary for you as a pet parent. Although there are inherent risks any time a pet goes under anesthesia, we offer many safeguards to ensure the anesthetic procedure is as safe as possible. We perform baseline lab work and physical exams before every procedure which allows us to tailor our anesthetic plan unique to each pet. We have a veterinary staff member dedicated to monitoring your pet’s pain and anesthesia, as well as state of the art equipment with which to monitor them. This includes blood pressure, oxygen saturation, end-tidal CO2, ECG, pulse, and temperature monitoring. We place an IV catheter for all anesthetic procedures, provide IV fluids to maintain blood pressure, and provide extensive heat support during and after procedures, all of which help to ensure your pet’s recovery will be as fast and as smooth as possible.

We work hard to ensure your pet receives exceptional multimodal pain management before, during and after any procedure that may prove to be painful. We understand the negative effects that pain can have on healing and your pets’ recovery, and we prioritize pain management with each procedure we perform. Providing multimodal pain management also allows us to use lower amounts of inhalant anesthesia, which helps keep your pet safe during and after their surgical procedure.