Pet Surgery: Expert Care and Safety
At Colchester Veterinary Hospital, pet surgery is an important aspect of our practice. Many pets develop health issues that are only treatable with surgery and in some cases, surgery can also be life-saving. Our hospital offers a surgical suite with state-of-the-art, reliable equipment to minimize risk and maximize comfort.
Dr. Heyman, a board-certified veterinary surgeon, is available to perform complex soft tissue and orthopedic surgeries every Thursday. He is assisted by a highly-experienced anesthesiology and surgery technician.
With our skilled veterinarians, technicians and staff, we can provide many different surgical services for your pets. These include:
- Spay and neuter
- Tumor removal
- Oral surgery
- Foreign body removal
- Bladder stone removal
- Orthopedic surgeries
(performed by Dr. Heyman)
- ...and more
Why We Recommend Spay and Neuter
Spaying and neutering are routine surgeries that benefit cats and dogs in various ways, including:
- Preventing unwanted pregnancies
- Reducing overpopulation
- Preventing uterine and ovarian cancer in females
- Decreasing risk of mammary cancer in females
- Reducing aggression, marking and other inappropriate behaviors in males
- Preventing testicular cancer in males
Surgery Safety FAQ
A pre-surgical physical exam and blood work are required to test for illness and make sure your pet’s liver and kidneys are healthy. Additionally, we may need to adjust the anesthetic to keep safety risks minimal. Blood testing is ideal for detecting problems not seen during a physical exam.
We can provide IV fluids to pets during surgery to further minimize risk. However, if the risk is too high, we’ll recommend postponing the surgery.
We offer 3 levels of pre-surgical blood testing:
- Comprehensive testing at an off-site diagnostic lab
- Comprehensive testing in house
- An in-house mini panel
For off-site testing, we’ll need to take a blood sample at least 24 hours prior to surgery. We may also suggest other blood tests, X-rays, and/or electrocardiograms for geriatric and/or chronically-ill pets.
Anesthesia can cause nausea in pets much like it does for humans. Make sure to withhold your pet’s food for about 8-10 hours before their procedure.
Sutures are necessary for any surgical procedure requiring an incision. We use absorbable sutures for tissue below the skin; these will dissolve over time. Skin sutures are removed within 10-14 days. You will need to keep an eye on them to check for discharge, swelling and redness. Also make sure that your pet is not chewing or licking at their sutures; this can cause infection. Swimming and bathing should also be postponed until after we’ve removed the sutures.
Pain control is crucial for helping pets heal from their surgery. We offer pain relief options that vary with each patient and surgical procedure.
Our recommendations for dogs include oral anti-inflammatory medication, injectable medication, and occasionally narcotic patches. We can also perform laser therapy to reduce swelling around the incision.
Injectable pain relief and liquid oral medications are usually the best options for cats; aspirin, ibuprofen and Tylenol are not safe.
Talk with Your Veterinarian
Have other questions or concerns? Want to know more about our pet surgery services and safety protocols? Give us a call! We look forward to helping you feel more at ease about choosing surgery to treat your pet. Call (860) 537-3435 to book an appointment!