Pet Surgery

In addition to routine spays and neuters, our Glen Allen veterinarians offer extensive soft tissue and many orthopedic procedures, and state-of-the-art surgical laser that can be used to reduce postoperative bleeding and swelling thus reducing postoperative pain. We require a full exam and pre-anesthetic blood work before any pet surgery so that we can get a complete assessment of your pet’s health. To monitor your pet's healing, post surgical follow up care is important. We provide detailed discharge instructions for before your pets are released and can answer any post-operative questions or concerns that you may have. Short Pump Animal Hospital strives to provide you compassionate pet care. Veterinarian Prepping Dog For Anesthesia

Anesthesia Information

Our Glen Allen and Richmond area veterinarians want you to understand the use of pet anesthesia during treatments. Anesthetic drugs and pain management are dependent on each surgical procedure as well as your pet's health. Your pet's vital signs are closely monitored using appropriate equipment to keep track of blood pressure, respiration, temperature, heart rate, etc. Pets also receive an IV catheter for continuous IV fluid therapy and direct venous access. 

What is Anesthesia?

It is an inject-able or inhaled agent that blocks pain receptors.  Anesthetic substances also relax your pet during a procedure during which incisions are made. It can reduce stress associated with presence in unusual surroundings, too.

The Importance of Anesthesia

Without the use of anesthesia, radiology and CT scans might not provide as accurate results if interrupted by pet movements. Anesthesia also helps in any instance when restraint is necessary to avoid surgical mistakes. Because animals are not as able to sit still during procedures, anesthesia might be used more often for animals that for humans even during procedures when animals would be awake. For instance, an animal might require anesthetics during bandage changes or during minor wound repair.

Reasons a Pet Might Need Anesthesia During Treatment

In addition to pain blocking and reducing anxiety, pets might require anesthesia to prevent contamination in the area where incisions would be or when treating fractures or wounds. We can also prevent injury when using anesthetics because it stops your pet from falling off the operating table.

Scenarios in which a pet might need anesthesia include during spaying and neutering or during fracture repair operations. They also might benefit from it during emergency surgeries such as after being hit by a car, swallowing a foreign object, or C-section baby delivery. They also might require it during wound stitching or when removing unwanted skin or tissue masses.

Pets might also benefit from anesthetics when undergoing dentistry procedures. Even if just removing tartar from the teeth and oral numbing agent can help with breathing because it will relax your pet.

How Anesthesia is Administered

Some forms of general anesthetics during which an animal is put to sleep often are injected into an animal. Sedatives and tranquilizers used to relax an animal also might be administered using a needle.

Local anesthetics that send numbing sensations to a specific region often are applied topically or via injection. Some anesthetics, however, are fed through a tube and inhaled by a pet.

K-Laser Therapy for Pets

Dr. Honora during Laser SurgeryWith our K-Laser, we can offer a pain-free and non-invasive treatment option for your pet. No anesthesia or shaving is required. We pass a laser beam across the area of treatment. The beam stimulates healing in the treated tissue and is very soothing to your pet. Laser therapy significantly reduces the swelling and pain and speeds the healing process. Other benefits include better tissue repair and cell growth, improved blood circulation and better nerve function.

For more chronic pain such as osteoarthritis, pets may require multiple treatments before seeing significant improvement in mobility and pain management. For more acute pain or swelling, improvement is usually noted within 24 hours. We suggest laser therapy for arthritis, muscle injuries, ligament and tendon injuries, sprains and strains, ulcerations and open wounds, post-surgical and soft tissue trauma, back pain and neuromuscular disease. For more information contact us or go to K-laser therapy treatment.

In a wide variety of surgical procedures, the laser can replace the scalpel and provide a better alternative to traditional surgery. Your pet's health is as important to us as it is to you.

We have been doing laser surgeries here at SPAH since 1999.

Why Laser Surgery?

  • Less Pain
  • Less Bleeding
  • Less Swelling
  • Reduced risk of infection
  • Faster return to normal activities

Contact Short Pump Animal Hospital, serving the West End, Glen Allen, and Richmond , VA

To learn more about anesthesia during surgery or laser surgery for pets contact your Glen Allen veterinarians at Short Pump Animal Hospital at (804) 360-0100. For quality veterinary care near you, trust your team here at Short Pump. We offer veterinary services for dogs, cats, exotic pets, birds, and pocket pets alike!


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