Our top priority for your pet's surgery is to keep them
SAFE & HAPPY
We use state-of-the-art surgical equipment and prioritize educating our clients, so you know the appropriate aftercare for your pet.
The entire veterinary team at Derry Animal Hospital understands the decision to allow your beloved companion to undergo surgery is never easy. For your pet’s safety and your peace of mind, we follow the strictest surgical guidelines to keep your pet comfortable and help make the experience as stress free as possible for both of you.
Surgical Procedures at Derry Animal Hospital
We regularly perform many types of surgeries, including but not limited to:
Spaying & Neutering
Perhaps the most important pre-surgical step is to discuss why we believe a particular procedure is necessary and what it entails. Your veterinarian will provide you with information on proper postoperative care and answer any questions you have so you feel comfortable knowing you are making the right choice for your pet.
Although many technological advancements have made anesthesia and surgery very safe for pets, some risks still exist. To decrease these risks, we require all patients undergo a physical exam prior to surgery and also conduct a pre-anesthetic blood screening before surgery day. This blood panel will help reduce anesthetic risks by ruling out many internal problems, including clotting disorders, liver and kidney abnormalities and anemia. In addition to the examination and blood screening, we also place an intravenous catheter and administer fluids to help keep your pet hydrated and maintain blood pressure during the procedure.
Customized Anesthesia Protocols
Ensuring the health and safety of your pet during surgery is our utmost concern and requires an anesthetic and monitoring regimen that adheres to the highest principles and ideals of quality care. We utilize a multi-parameter monitoring and anesthesia system to ensure your pet’s safety during all surgeries.
Prior to surgery, your pet is examined and a pre-surgical blood screen is performed. The results of these tests and your pet’s past anesthetic history, breed, age and weight, are used to create an individualized anesthesia protocol for your pet. During surgery, your pet is cared for by a well-trained and experienced veterinary technician using our state-of-the-art monitoring system, which tracks blood pressure, heart rate, respiratory rate, body temperature and oxygen level.
Pain Management for Your Pet’s Complete Comfort
We all know that pain hurts, but pain also has many other detrimental effects on your pet’s body. Pain slows healing, decreases activity and can cause behavioral changes such as aggression, anxiety and depression. Pain also worsens diseases like arthritis and potentially some cancers, and it interferes with the bond between you and your pet.
For all these reasons, the team at Derry Animal Hospital take controlling your pet’s pain very seriously. As part of our commitment to keep your pet comfortable and protect the bond you share, we administer a pain management regimen before, during and after surgery. It is our goal to treat your pet’s pain before your pet even experiences discomfort.
For surgeries as well as for acute and chronic conditions, we use all our available and safe resources, including local anesthetics, NSAIDs (non-steroidal medications) and oral and injectable analgesics for your pet’s complete comfort.
Caring for Your Pet After Surgery
Following surgery, your pet is closely monitored and kept warm and comfortable by a dedicated veterinary technician for a safe recovery. As your pet is discharged from the hospital, you will be provided detailed information on how to administer any medication and properly care for your pet after surgery. We are also available to answer any questions or concerns that arise after you and your pet return home.