Your Pet's Surgery
At The Vet, we fully understand that having your pet undergo surgery is never easy. To that end, we're happy to answer any questions regarding your pet's surgery. A pre-surgical consultation is an essential part of the process. Our medical staff is happy to provide you with information on postoperative care to ensure a rapid return to your pet's happy, healthy self. Whether performing a routine surgery or an emergency procedure, you can be confident that Dr. Stevens and her staff will work hard to ensure each procedure is thorough, complete with the utmost expertise, and is as stress-free as possible for you and your pet.
The Vet’s excellent surgical suite helps ensure soft tissue surgeries are as safe and efficient as possible, reduce the risk for complications and allow us to perform surgical procedures as quickly as possible using the best practice protocols. We offer soft tissue surgeries ranging from routine spay and neuters to the removal of cysts and lumps, urinary bladder surgery, exploratory abdominal surgery, foreign body removal, gastrointestinal surgeries, feeding tube placement, and eye or tail removed due to trauma.
A thorough examination is always performed before your pet undergoes any surgical procedure at The Vet. Examination includes a pre-surgical blood screen that—along with your pet's anesthetic history, preexisting conditions, and age—will be used to determine a unique anesthesia protocol. This information is also used to establish a baseline for the comparison of future blood tests.
For most surgical procedures, anesthesia is required. While under anesthesia, your pet's blood pressure, heart rate, respiratory rate, body temperature, and oxygen level are continuously monitored by our dedicated anesthetist and our anesthetic monitors. A dedicated anesthetist is a veterinary technician whose sole responsibility is to monitor anesthesia. He or she is continuously monitoring the vital parameters of the patient, having no other responsibilities as distractions. Although this is not routine protocol in many veterinary clinics, we do not want our patients to be watched any less closely than we would our own pets or ourselves. We utilize aggressive heat support to assist in maintaining a constant body temperature during the procedure via a circulating water pad and warmed IV fluids. Following surgery, your pet recovers under the direct supervision of a surgical team member in a dedicated recovery area.
The Vet strictly follows state-of-the-art anesthesia protocols. By receiving regular training and consulting with board-certified veterinary anesthesiologists, we ensure our practice is always meeting the most current protocols and recommendations for anesthesia and pain management. We use only isoflurane gas anesthesia, which is considered among the safest anesthetics available in veterinary medicine.
Just as with humans, pain can have negative effects on cats that go beyond physical discomfort. Pain after surgery can slow healing and worsen diseases like arthritis. Because our companion friends don't understand why they are experiencing pain, pain can cause behavioral issues and interfere with the bond between you and your pet. Dr. Stevens is a member of the International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management and is trained to ensure each surgical patient is as comfortable as possible before, during and following any procedure.
Prior to any surgery, all our patients are pre-medicated with a gentle combination of narcotic pain relievers and sedatives. The exact protocol is tailored to each animal and depends on factors that are determined by
the pre-surgery exam, your pet's health history, and the type of procedure. Once the pre-medication drugs in effect, IV fluids and anesthesia are administered. Additionally, because we know that stress can exacerbate pain while pets are hospitalized, both before and after surgery, many of our patients are also given medication to help reduce anxiety and to address any pre-existing pain for 12 to 24 hours before and after surgery.
Pets often return home with medications for pain maintenance to ensure that they recover as quickly and as pain-free as possible.
The amount of time your pet will need to be monitored after surgery varies. Most pets stay with us one night and are discharged the next morning. Some of our pets require a more extended recovery time and may stay
with us for several days. Pets that are critical or have extensive monitoring needs can be transferred to an area emergency clinic for continued care.
When your pet is discharged, the team at The Vet will provide you with information on proper home care after surgery. Often, your pet will be prescribed medication; in this case, we will explain how and when to administer it. Contact us at (972) 675-2510 with any questions or concerns following surgery and we will be more than happy to help you.
901 North Jupiter Road, Suite 130
Richardson, TX 75081
For general information, questions, appointment requests, call us at:
Monday 7:30am - 6:00pm
Tuesday 7:30am - 6:00pm
Wednesday 7:30am - 6:00pm
Thursday 7:30am - 6:00pm
Friday 7:30am - 6:00pm