When your pet needs to undergo surgery, we understand how important it is for you to feel confident that they’re receiving the best care available. At our AAHA-accredited Animal Hospital in San Luis Obispo, we go above and beyond to provide a safe, comfortable, and compassionate environment for your beloved pet. We pride ourselves in maintaining an impeccable facility and practicing to high standards in veterinary medicine. Listed below are our surgical guidelines:
- Our veterinary surgeon will do a thorough physical exam, answer any questions you might have about your pet’s upcoming surgery, and do the pre-anesthetic work necessary prior to surgical procedures.
Sterile Surgical Facility:
- We provide a sterile environment in our state-of-the-art facility, designed with the safety of your pet’s health in mind.
- Every precaution is taken to ensure a sterile environment during surgical procedures. Veterinarians and staff wear surgical gowns, disposable gloves, masks, and caps to prevent any spread of infection.
- After each procedure, all surgical equipment is thoroughly cleaned and sterilized, then wrapped in preparation for the next procedure.
Soft-Tissue Pet Surgery
AHSLO offers the following soft tissue surgery procedures:
- Routine Spay & Neuter
- Tumor excision
- Removal of foreign body
- Wound repair
- Cesarean section
- Bladder stone surgery
- Removal of skin growths
Dogs commonly suffer from both benign and malignant skin growths. Consequently, we recommend always doing a needle biopsy of skin and subcutaneous growths prior to performing any surgical procedures. Taking a biopsy allows the veterinarian to ascertain exactly what type of tumor is present. Should the growth turn out to be cancerous, accurate surgical margins can then be determined that will provide a wide enough resection to remove all cancer cells.
Abdominal Pet Surgery
AHSLO offers the following abdominal procedures:
- Gastric and intestinal surgery for foreign object obstructions and biopsy
- Stomach tacking for prevention/treatment of gastric dilation/volvulus
- Spleen removal
- Bladder surgery
Orthopedic Pet Surgery
Orthopedic procedures offered at AHSLO include:
- Cruciate ligament repair
- Fracture repair
Abdominal and orthopedic surgeries usually require more extensive in-hospital aftercare of the patient. During your pet’s stay with us, he or she will be kept calm and comfortable, and administered additional pain relief medication, antibiotics, and IV fluids, as needed. Our staff and veterinarian will carefully monitor your pet’s recovery, and administer any further medications, if required, to facilitate complete healing.