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Ensuring Your Pet’s Comfort and Safety

At Bayview Animal Hospital, we’re committed to keeping your pet as stress free and comfortable as possible during every surgical procedure. The following surgeries can be performed at our clinic:

  • Cryosurgery

    Cryosurgery is the use of extreme cold to eliminate diseased or potentially problematic tissue. This process is less invasive than traditional surgeries and does not require anesthesia.

  • Spay

    This involves removing the ovaries and uterus to prevent reproduction. This is a major procedure that involves general anesthesia and a proper pain management plan. We recommend spaying for all females between ages 4-6 months.

  • Neuter

    This surgery removes the testicles to prevent reproduction. Neutering requires general anesthesia but is less invasive than spaying. We recommend neutering for all male pets by 6 months of age.

  • Cat Declaw

    Declawing involves the removal of the nail and last bone in each toe. This should only be done if your cat cannot be trained to use a scratching post and will remain indoors. Declawing involves a general anesthesia, and both pre-operative and post-operative pain control is a priority for this procedure. Patients generally stay at the hospital for 3-5 days to ensure the healing process.

  • Dewclaw Removal

    If your dog is born with extra toes on the rear feet, your veterinarian may recommend their removal so they do not get caught on objects or become infected.

  • Growth Removals

    This is a type of soft tissue surgery that involves the removal of growths for medical or cosmetic reasons. Growths can be non-cancerous (benign) or cancerous (malignant) and should be sent to a pathologist to determine a treatment plan post-surgery.

  • Soft Tissue Surgeries

    This refers to any procedure that does not involve bones and joints. Examples include skin/wound reconstruction, growth removals, and eye/facial surgery.

Some procedures may require a surgical specialist, in which case we will refer you to our affiliated specialized care hospital for assistance.

Surgery Room at Bayview Animal Hospital

What You Can Expect

Before every surgery, we review the entire process with you from start to finish. This is our opportunity to answer your questions and explain the details of the procedure. Post-surgery, we notify you as soon as your pet has woken up and keep you informed of his or her condition. We also provide a post-surgical home care form detailing how to care for your pet following a procedure.

Anesthesia

There are many different levels of anesthesia, and you can trust our veterinarians to make the appropriate recommendation for your pet. While under anesthesia, he or she is monitored using various methods, including:

  • Doppler blood pressure
  • EKG
  • Oxygen/carbon dioxide levels
  • Temperature regulation
  • Constant human evaluation

Monitoring a patient under anesthesia is a complex undertaking and is extremely important in ensuring your pet’s health and safety. Our skilled and experienced staff will closely observe your pet’s heart rate, blood flow, oxygenation levels, and respiratory functions. We also constantly monitor body temperature and employ effective warming protocols to avoid hypothermia, which can be a risk for anesthetized patients.

Pain Control

Pain management for all procedures is tailored to each patient based on pre-surgical and post-surgical needs. Methods vary from pre-operative medications to post-operative IV infusions for 24-hour pain control. We may also recommend an at-home oral or topical pain medication.

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