Paumanok Veterinary Hospital, P.C. knows that there are times when your pet may need surgery. We do most of our own surgeries; however, there are times when we call in a specialist. Some of the surgeries we do include:
- Spay and neuter
- Laceration and wound repair
- Cat declaw
- Foreign body removal
- Soft tissue procedures
- Orthopedic procedures
- Tumor removal
- Eyelid surgery
- Fracture repair
- Toe and limb amputation
- Abscess and hematoma surgery
Outstanding Preoperative & Postoperative Surgical Care for Pets
Your pet will have an IV catheter placed so that fluids can be given during the procedure. We use balanced anesthesia—the intelligent combination of tranquilization, analgesia (pain control), induction (usually by IV injection), maintenance anesthesia (usually by isoflurane gas), and patient monitoring (pulse oximeter, ECG, blood pressure monitor). Our licensed veterinary technicians are with your pet all the way. While under anesthesia, your pet is kept warm with a heated water blanket and, using the most current technology, your pet’s vital signs are monitored continually.
A veterinarian examines every pet before any procedure, except true emergencies. At this time, the surgery is explained and we will discuss why the surgery to be performed is important, risks, consequences of not doing surgery, and the cost. Depending on our conversation with you, we may or may not recommend certain pre-anesthetic tests. Ultimately, it is your decision whether to do surgery and to what extent you might want to investigate hidden potential problems before doing any procedure involving anesthesia. We explain the pros and cons of any decision and help you make the right choice for your situation. We can provide ultimate state-of-the-art care or scale down certain procedures in order to stay on budget. Routine surgeries are almost never postponed.
Controlling Pain Before, During, and After Surgery
When your pet needs surgery, the veterinarians at Paumanok make sure that he or she is comfortable with medication administered before, during, and after the procedure by intravenous (IV) means. Pain relief during any surgical procedure has a profound impact on how pets feel during recovery. It also significantly affects their attitude and activity once they return home.
After your pet goes home, we will call you to check on his or her progress and to make sure everything is going well. If there are problems or questions, no matter how small, you can be sure that everyone at Paumanok takes the extra steps necessary to make sure that your pet does well.