Surgical services include: soft tissue surgery for such things as reconstructive wound repair, skin biopsies, tumor or mass removal, and repair of certain hereditary defects; abdominal surgery for bladder stone removal, intestinal surgery for foreign body removal or biopsy, liver and pancreatic biopsy, and splenectomies; and elective procedures such as a spay and neuter in Central Miami, FL.
We do not offer surgery for elective tail docking or ear cropping. Feline declawing is done only in special circumstances to be determined by the doctors. Thoracic surgery and orthopedic problems are generally referred to more qualified board-certified surgeons.
For some procedures, your pet will need to be administered general anesthesia so that he or she will be unconscious and not feel pain.
Many pet owners worry about their pets being administered general anesthesia. We can assure you that modern anesthesia is generally quite safe; to further lower any risk, we perform a physical examination and run blood work ahead of time to catch any underlying health issues. In addition, we follow a specific anesthetic protocol, including monitoring vital signs during the procedure, to ensure the safety of our patients.
We begin most general anesthetic procedures by administering a sedative to help the pet relax and decrease any anxiety and pain. We then administer an intravenous drug to provide complete anesthesia and place a breathing tube into the patient’s trachea (windpipe). To maintain the state of unconsciousness, we deliver a gas anesthetic in combination with oxygen through the breathing tube.
If your pet is having a minor surgical or diagnostic procedure performed, we sometimes use a local anesthetic to help control pain.
For example, when we perform a biopsy (in which a small portion of tissue is surgically removed so it can be examined), we often use a local anesthetic. Local anesthetics cause a loss of sensation in the area where the procedure is being performed. We sometimes use a sedative and/or anxiolytic (anti-anxiety medication) in combination with the local anesthetic to keep pets calm during a procedure.
We monitor our patients closely to keep them as safe as possible during procedures that require general anesthesia. The veterinary team will continually assess your pet’s heart and respiratory rate, blood pressure, and other vital signs to help reduce any anesthetic risk.
If you have any questions about what to expect during a procedure or need to schedule a spay and neuter in Central Miami, please don’t hesitate to call.