Veterinary Surgical Services
You pet's safety is our priority. Our surgical protocols are established with this in mind. All anesthesia patients receive a complete physical examination along with preanesthetic blood testing. Our veterinarians will use this information to tailor an anesthetic protocol specific to your pet's needs.
During anesthesia, pets are attended by both a veterinarian and a registered veterinary technician. Vital signs are monitored closely throughout the procedure. The technician will stay with your pet during the recovery to help your pet wake up as smoothly and comfortably as possible.
Each anesthesia patient is discharged by either their veterinarian or registered veterinary technician. Discharge includes reviewing any medications the pet will need to be given at home, activity restrictions, feeding restrictions and post-anesthesia care. Written instructions are also provided for owners to refer to at home. We encourage pet owners to call with any questions during their pet's recovery.
Soft Tissue Surgery
The modern surgical suites at Falconbridge Animal Hospital and Village Veterinary Hospital allow our veterinarians to perform routine surgeries including spays and neuters, as well as more complicated surgical procedures such as foreign body obstruction removal, bladder stone removal, and mass removal.
We closely monitor pets during their hospital stay. Many pets receive IV fluids to prevent dehydration during recovery. Pain levels are monitored and medications given as needed to keep pets comfortable. In cases of mass removal or bladder stones, our doctors frequently recommend sending samples to the lab for analysis to determine what follow-up care might be needed.
Our veterinarians are experienced at performing many types of surgeries of the eyes, with cherry eye surgery being one of the more common ophthalmic surgeries. They follow the same strict standards for eye surgery as with soft tissue surgeries, including keeping the pet as comfortable as possible during recovery.
In addition to soft tissue surgeries, Falconbridge Animal Hospital is also fully qualified to perform a wide range of orthopedic surgeries. Dr. Karl is highly experienced in cruciate knee surgeries along with other common orthopedic procedures such as patellar luxation and fracture repairs. Our veterinarians personally discharge each patient, and include written instructions for owners to refer to at home. Activity restrictions can play an important role in recovery for orthopedic patients, and we encourage our patients' owners to call with any questions while their pet is recovering at home.
Dr. Karl's years of experience treating knee and orthopedic issues enable her to determine the best treatment options for each pet. Not all fractures require surgery, and Dr. Karl will recommend the best options for each pet's situation.