Our highly skilled veterinary team is experienced in most common surgical procedures. We strive to make our patients and their families as comfortable as possible, from your pre-surgical consultation to your pet’s dismissal and aftercare. We’re with you every step of the way, applying our commitment and expertise to ensure a safe procedure and a speedy recovery.
We have a loving team member personally dedicated to your pet for the entire procedure day. Monitoring and comforting them to reduce your stress and theirs because we know surgeries can be very scary for everyone.
We perform spays and neuters, declaws, tumor removal, abdominal surgeries, and some orthopedic procedures, all under the safest possible anesthetic and with the utmost attention to patient monitoring. We do offer laser surgery, which minimizes pain and postoperative swelling.
For scheduled surgeries, we require a pre-surgical visit, which includes:
- Physical exam
- Blood work to minimize anesthetic risks
- Vaccination boosters, if necessary
- Discussion about the surgical procedure and any possible complications that may result
- Answers to any questions you may have about the procedure or costs
- Perioperative pain medication or antibiotics prescriptions
Our surgery monitoring includes:
- State-of-the-art equipment to monitor your pet’s heart, lungs, oxygen saturation levels, temperature, and blood pressure
- Intravenous fluids to help keep your pet hydrated during surgery and aid in recovery. Fluids also help to regulate blood pressure while a pet is under anesthesia. In addition, whenever an intravenous catheter is administered, it acts as a “life port” and can be used for pain management before, during, and after your pet’s surgery.
- A surgical nurse to monitor your pet throughout the surgical process, from placing him or her under anesthesia, through the surgical procedure, and during his or her recovery from anesthesia
- Updates throughout the day—the veterinarian or the veterinary surgical nurse will call you with an update once your pet has recovered from anesthesia
Important information for your pet’s surgery:
- No food after 8:00 p.m. the day before the surgery.
- It is OK to leave water out for your pet prior to surgery.
- Admittance time is 7:00 to 8:00 a.m. the morning of the surgery.
- Please notify us of any medications given 24 hours prior to surgery.
- Depending on the type of surgery your pet is receiving, he or she may be required to spend one night with us for further monitoring of his or her recovery. Your veterinarian will discuss this with you at your pre-surgical visit.
Laser technology has emerged as a breakthrough medical tool that minimizes the negative effects of surgical procedures and expedites cell repair in injured patients.
The main benefits of laser surgery are:
- Reduced bleeding
- Reduced pain
- Reduced swelling
- Faster recovery
CO2 lasers are ideal surgical tools because of the nature of the incisions they form. The laser seals nerve endings as they are cut, significantly reducing pain following the operation. Blood vessels within the soft tissue are similarly sealed, instantly stopping blood loss, which effectively eliminates trauma to the patient and provides the surgeon with an uninhibited view during the operation.
At Strawbridge Animal Care, we offer laser surgery for such common procedures as:
- Feline declaws
- Mass removals
Our veterinary surgeons can discuss the benefits of laser surgery for your pet, as well as answer any questions you may have about the procedure.
Pain Management & Relief for Your Pet
Our approach to pain management for our patients is rooted in our philosophy for compassionate care. We not only understand how difficult it is to watch a beloved pet suffer, we also make it our priority to minimize or eliminate pain and discomfort in all of our patients. We will teach you how to recognize the signs of pain and discomfort in your pet and help you choose the best medicines and therapies to minimize pain.
Some of the key points of our pain management program are:
- Pain management is vital to your pet’s recovery. Multiple research studies have shown, both in humans as well as pets, the positive effects of reducing pain on the overall healing process. We adhere to these principles at Strawbridge Animal Care.
- Every patient receives an individualized pain treatment score and plan that is specifically tailored to his or her health status. Advanced protocols have been developed by our team of veterinarians in consultation with leading experts in veterinary anesthesiology and analgesia.
- We utilize a balanced, multi-modal pain management technique, a strategy that uses the synergistic effects of several pain medications together to achieve better control of pain. This significantly lowers side effects and results in better management and reduction of pain in your pet.
- Drugs used by our veterinarians are the same medications used and trusted by human anesthesiologists.
- Adjunct methods of physical therapy and acupuncture also are available to manage post-injury or post-operative patients.
- At Strawbridge Animal Care, we consider pain reduction a high priority during surgical procedures and provide pain management before, during, and after surgery.