My Pets Surgery
Perhaps the most nerve wrecking times we face involve surgery for ourselves or our pets. With this in mind it is our
goal to assure you that we take every surgical and dental procedure seriously. We continuously monitor up to 12
parameters including your pet's heart, blood pressure, temperature,respiration, and the anesthetic agent. If your pet
is under 12 weeks, or over 6 years of age we require pre anesthetic blood tests. In all other cases we strongly
recommend pre anesthetic tests no matter how short the procedure.
Most elective procedures (ovariohysterectomy-spay) for canine and feline patients under 45 lbs. involve a single keyhole
incision between 6 and 8 millimeters in length. To put this in perspective ... the dark papermate pen below is 7 millimeters wide
at its widest. It is not possible to do these procedures through any smaller incision by, any other procedure (Including
Endoscopic Surgeries which require multiple incisions , longer prep and surgery time.). This single tiny incision allows for
the shortest surgery time, least incisional trauma, most pain free, and quickest recovery possible. This technique is a
modification of the surgeries taught to me by Dr. Greely Moore, former owner of Loop Veterinary Hospital and Dr Henry
Fairleigh Louisville, Kentucky. Both of these gentlemen had surgical skills light years ahead of their times. It was a great
pleasure to have worked for them.
Of course all patients have pain medications available to them. Patients over 45 lbs require a slightly larger incision due the
size of the tissues being removed. Neutering of dogs actually requires the largest incision of about 15 to 20 millimeters
(around 3/4 of an inch) due the the size of the testicles.
Admission time for elective surgery is 7:30 a.m., and discharge time is between 4:00 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. . We re-check our
patients incision site in 7-10 days. An overwhelming majority of all surgeries do not have any complications. However Pets will
be Pets, and occasionally chew out sutures or become overactive. We will give you a specific set of discharge instructions to
minimize the possibility of any problems.
In these post surgical pictures the pen was not in contact with
the skin, and was cold sterilized prior to use for
Different dog one day post operartive.
Feline three days post operative.