Not all surgery is created equal. At Northland, we go the extra mile to make sure our surgery is above the standard of care and as safe as possible for your pet. We take several steps to promote safety and comfort throughout your pet’s surgery.
Pre-anesthetic blood work and an exam.
We require pre-anesthetic blood work for every pet prior to surgery. This allows us to detect underlying conditions that could make anesthesia dangerous for them and to make adjustments as needed. Ideally, we have them come in at least a week prior to surgery for the blood draw, to allow ample time for the results to come back. Our surgeon will also perform a brief physical exam prior to performing surgery.
Our veterinarian will prescribe medications for you to administer the evening before and the morning of your pet’s surgery. These medications help to control pain, anxiety, and nausea. The use of these medications also allows us to use less anesthesia, which in turn makes the surgery safer for your pet.
All pets are given fluids via an intravenous (IV) catheter during their procedure. This ensures that your pet is well hydrated and helps to maintain their blood pressure. The IV catheter also allows us to easily administer medications if needed during the procedure.
Monitoring by an LVT.
Your pet is closely monitored at all times during their procedure, both by our monitoring equipment and a licensed veterinary technician (LVT). We monitor their blood oxygen level and blood pressure, as well as their heart’s electrical activity using an ECG.
Comfortable Recovery Ward.
During your pet’s stay with us, he or she will have space in a heated, quiet recovery ward to minimize stress.
Surgeries We Perform
Our veterinarians perform simple and complex surgical procedures, including but not limited to:
- Spay and neuter
- Mass and tumor removal
- Hernia repair
- Bladder stone removal
- Foreign body removal
- Laceration repair
- Ophthalmic surgeries, such as entropion and enucleation
- Dental surgeries, including extractions and oral mass removals
- Other soft tissue surgeries