Making Surgery as Safe and Stress-Free as Possible for Your Pet
If you have ever undergone surgery in the past, you know how stressful it can be. Furthermore, putting your beloved pet through surgery can also be extremely difficult. Your pet is a valued member of your family (and ours), and they deserve the best care we can give. At Companion Animal Hospital of Skokie, our doctors and team members use the most state-of-the-art equipment to make pet surgery as safe and pain-free as possible. We will treat your pet like they're our own, and keep you well-informed during the entire pre- and post-surgical process. In addition, as pet owners ourselves, we understand the anxiety you may be experiencing at this time, and will do all we can to ensure a smooth recovery. Your trust is important to us, and we're always here to offer guidance and support when you need it most.
Our Pet Surgery Safety Protocols and Pain Management
To minimize health risks and prepare your pet for surgery, we follow strict guidelines for anesthesia preparation and monitoring. First, we perform a preliminary physical exam and bloodwork to check organ function and identify hidden health problems. This also allows us to accurately measure the safest anesthesia levels for your pet, and modify their anesthetic protocol as needed. If your pet is ill or we feel that anesthesia may be too risky, we will postpone the procedure.
Next we will pre-medicate your pet with antibiotics and analgesics. Also, an IV catheter will be placed so we can administer fluids during their surgery. A veterinary technician will be standing by to monitor blood pressure, heart rate, respiratory rate, temperature and oxygen levels. Since minimizing risk is key for every surgery our doctors perform, and we can assure you that your pet is in capable, loving hands.
Pain can have a severely negative impact on your pet's recovery and overall health. Therefore, to reduce their pain as much as possible and encourage a smooth recovery, we offer various pain management options. These include local anesthesia, oral and injectable analgesics, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDS) and narcotics. All of these are carefully measured and administered according to your pet's specific needs.
Surgical Services We Offer
Our experienced doctors can perform a variety of surgeries to correct or prevent specific health issues. These include:
- Spaying and neutering
- Eye surgery
- Bladder surgery (cystotomy)
- Tumor removal
- Gastrointestinal surgery (foreign body removal, gastropexy)
- Cancer surgery (cancerous growth removal)
- Thyroid surgery
- Skin surgery (skin tag removal, wound repair)
For a minimally-invasive approach to evaluating your pet's gastrointestinal tract, our doctors can utilize endoscopy. An endoscope is a flexible tube with a video camera mounted on the end. When inserted into the tract, we can check for scarring, inflammation, growths or foreign objects. Furthermore, we can also collect biopsy samples with the endoscope. Pets are placed under general anesthesia during this procedure, and recovery time is minimal. Your doctor may recommend endoscopy if your pet is experiencing chronic vomiting or diarrhea, weight loss, a diminished appetite or abdominal swelling.
We're Here for You
Have questions about our pet surgery services and safety measures? Not sure if you're making the right decision? We'll be more than happy to answer your questions and put your mind at ease. We care about your pet's health and wellbeing as much as you do! Give us a call today at (847) 966-3080 so we can help you make the most informed choices for your pet's welfare.