Compassionate Care During Surgical Procedures
Throughout your pet’s life, there may be instances when surgery is the appropriate choice to support his or her overall health. At Canandaigua Veterinary Hospital, we strive to make this experience as stress free as possible for you and your pet.
The following are common procedures we perform:
This procedure involves removing the ovaries and uterus to prevent reproduction. This is a major surgical procedure that involves general anesthesia and a proper pain management plan. We recommend spaying for all females around 6 months of age.
This surgery removes the testicles to prevent reproduction. Neutering requires general anesthesia but is less invasive than spaying. We recommend neutering for all male pets by 6 months of age.
Spaying or neutering your pet can have many added health benefits beyond preventing unwanted reproduction. These include:
- Reduction in risk for certain types of cancer and growths
- Positive impact on your pet's demeanor by curbing aggressive or territorial behaviors
Talk to your veterinarian to determine whether the procedure is a good choice for you and your pet.
Soft Tissue Surgeries
This refers to any procedure that does not involve bones and joints. Examples include spaying/neutering, skin/wound reconstruction, and eye/facial surgery.
This is a type of soft-tissue surgery that involves the removal of growths for medical or cosmetic reasons. Growths can be noncancerous (benign) or cancerous (malignant) and should be sent to a pathologist to determine a treatment plan post-surgery.
Orthopedic Surgeries (limited)
This refers to any procedure that involves bones or joints. Examples include fractured bones, congenital defects, or torn ligaments. Depending on the type of orthopedic procedure, your veterinarian may refer you to a board-certified specialist.
Some procedures may require a surgical specialist, and we will refer you to our affiliated specialized care hospital for assistance.
What to Expect
For every procedure, ensuring the safety and comfort of your pet is our top priority. As part of the pre-surgery preparation, we will review the entire process with you from start to finish. This is our opportunity to answer questions and explain the details of the procedure.
Post-surgery, we notify you as soon as your pet has woken up and will inform you of his or her condition. We also provide a post-surgical home care form detailing how to care for your cat or dog following a procedure.
There are many different levels of anesthesia, and you can trust your veterinarian to make the appropriate recommendation for your pet’s situation. While under anesthesia, your cat or dog is monitored using various methods including:
- Doppler blood pressure
- Oxygen/carbon dioxide levels
- Constant human evaluation
Pain management for all procedures is tailored to each patient based on pre-surgical and post-surgical needs. Methods can vary from pre-operative medications to post-operative IV infusions for 24-hour pain control. We may also recommend oral or topical pain medications to be administered at home for your pet.