Surgery for Your Pet
If you had your pet spayed or neutered when they were young, then you are somewhat familiar with the pet surgery process. Depending on your pet’s health history and breed, surgery may or may not play a significant role in determining their long-term health and improving their quality of life. At our animal care center here in Old Town, we offer surgical services to accommodate a broad range of conditions, be they acute, chronic, or hereditary.
To guarantee the safest, most comfortable surgery experience for our patients, we utilize the most up-to-date surgical and monitoring equipment and pre-anesthetic protocols. We also want to make sure that you fully understand the procedure your pet will be undergoing, and that all of your questions are answered before we take the next step.
Pet Surgery Services
Our veterinarians are experienced in performing a variety of surgeries, from soft tissue to orthopedic. These include:
- Spaying and neutering
- Tumor excision
- Foreign body removal
- Oral surgery
- Cystotomy (bladder stone removal)
- Cranial Cruciate Ligament repair (CCL)
- Femoral Head Osteotomy (FHO)
- Fracture repair
- Tibial Tubercle Advancement (TTA)
- Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy (TPLO)
Dr. Kremer completed post-graduate work in orthopedic surgery at The Ohio State University, and has considerable interest in this area of veterinary medicine. He can perform advanced knee and hip surgeries, along with more complex fracture repair procedures.
As an alternative to traditional surgery, we offer laser surgery as an option for certain soft tissue procedures (such as tumor excisions). The surgical laser seals blood vessels and nerve endings as it cuts, reducing bleeding, pain, and inflammation. It can also result in a quicker recovery. Speak with your veterinarian if you are interested in laser surgery for your pet.
Keeping Your Pet Safe Before, During and After Surgery
Any pet that will be having surgery must first undergo an examination and comprehensive blood work. This helps us screen for underlying issues and determine whether going forward with surgery is the best option. If we do encounter any problems with your pet’s health, we will let you know, and postpone their surgery if possible so we can address the issue and correct it.
Before going into surgery, your pet will receive antibiotics and medication through an IV catheter, and may also receive fluid therapy during their procedure to keep them stable. We use heated tables, so your pet will be kept warm throughout. A technician will be standing by to monitor your pet’s vitals, and will also stay with your pet as they are waking up in the recovery ward after their surgery. All patients in recovery will be provided with warm blankets to keep them comfortable.
To learn more about our pet surgery services here in Old Town, please reach out to us at (312) 428-2571.