Surgery

We offer many types of surgical procedures, from the routine to emergency cases, including:

  • Spay and Neuter
  • Declaw (front only or all four feet)
  • Tumor/Mass/Growth Removals
  • Ear Flushing
  • Endoscopy
  • Bladder Stone Removal
  • Back Surgery
  • Anal Gland Removal
  • Abdominal Surgeries:
    • Foreign body removals
    • Tumors
    • Splenectomy
    • Liver Biopsy/Lobectomy/Gallbladder
    • Intestinal Hernias
  • Orthopedic Surgeries:
    • Cruciate Ligament Repair: TTA/Tightrope
    • Patellar Luxation Repair
    • Fracture Repair: Plating, Pinning, External Fixator
  • Breeding Services including insemination

We normally do surgeries Monday through Friday. For more information about a specific procedure, or to schedule an appointment, please call in advance.

Hospitalization

If your pet becomes ill, he or she may need to stay in the hospital for diagnostic testing and treatments. We have kennels in our main treatment room for observation of critical cases, as well as a quiet room specifically for our feline patients with a window for observation to help reduce stress by keeping them away from all of the noises and other pets. Our separate cat ward is part of our commitment to being a Cat Friendly practice.

If a patient has a contagious disease, we have an isolation ward in our treatment room with windows for observation to keep the rest of the hospital free from contamination, and precautions are taken by the entire staff to prevent the spread of diseases.

While in the hospital your pet may receive intravenous (IV) fluids in order to keep your pet hydrated and keep electrolytes balanced. We use an infusion pump to make sure that your pet is receiving the proper amount of fluids in the proper timeframe. An IV catheter is placed in a leg and wrapped in a soft bandage for comfort and protection.

During the weekend we will come in at least twice a day to medicate, treat, clean, offer food and water, and to take your dogs out for a walk. The doctor comes to the hospital in the mornings to give your pet a brief exam and will call you to let you know how your pet is doing.

Our office is equipped to handle your exotics if they should need hospitalization. We have the proper cages, heating units, and lamps to keep your pet healthy.

Anesthesia

Many pets go under anesthesia at least once in their lives. To ensure the safest possible anesthetic experience for your pet, we use the most current safety protocol recommended by the American Animal Hospital Association. However, just like in human medicine, anesthesia has its risks. To help reduce these risks we may require a few tests prior to your pet’s procedure.

The doctor will begin with a full physical exam the day of surgery to make sure nothing new has developed, as well as listen to the heart and lungs. We may also check your pet’s heart with an electrocardiogram (ECG) to make sure there are no abnormal rhythms that may not be detectable by stethoscope.

To check for underlying conditions that may interfere with the surgery, we recommend doing a few blood tests. These may include a Complete Blood Count to check the levels of blood cells that help to fight off infections and to promote healing after surgery, as well as a Chemistry Panel to check the liver and kidneys to make sure they can process the anesthesia and remove it from the body.

Once we ensure that everything is within normal limits, we will proceed with surgery. We use a gas anesthesia, just like in human hospitals, called Sevoflurane, which is the safest choice in gas anesthesia currently available. To further help reduce risks during surgery we place an intravenous (IV) catheter to supply your pet with fluids and keep your pet hydrated during and after the procedure, which in turn keeps their blood pressure up. This catheter also gives us a port directly into the vein in the event we need to administer emergency drugs.

After surgery, your pet will recover in a warm and comfortable cage under the watchful eyes of our doctors and technicians. Most surgery patients will go home later the same afternoon, but certain surgeries require a longer hospitalization. Feel free to bring food from home or a special blanket or toy if your pet is going to stay overnight.

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3414 Dixie Hwy
Erlanger, KY 41018
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Our Hours

Mon – Fri: 8:00 am – 6:30 pm
Sat: 8:00 am – 1:00 pm
Sun: Closed

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