Surgical Procedures

In general we preform most types of surgery: Spay, Neuter, Dental Cleaning, Declawing, Abscesses, Tumor or Cancer Removal, and Fractured Bone Repair.

To insure the patient's safety, we preform an EKG screen; monitor the heart rate, oxygen levels and respiration rate during the surgery.

Our main concerns with surgery is to use the safest anesthesia on your pet with the least procedural side effects. We use heart stabilizers and an analgesic (pain) control component injection for our pre anesthetic.  For general anesthesia we use and inhalant gas called Sevoflurane, Sevo  works very fast, is easily controlled, and the recovery is smooth an rapid.  Most patients are sitting up withing two to five minutes and standing withing ten to fifteen minutes of post anesthesia.  These attributes make Sevo extremely safe to use in young as well as older high risk patients.

Procedures:
1. Spay.
    Day procedure with Sevo gas
2. Neuter. (castrate male cats)
    Day procedure with Sevo gas
3. Dental.
    Usually a day procedure, unless multiple abscessed teeth are encountered. We use Sevo gas anesthetic and oxygen.  The cat receives an antibiotic injection to contain any bacteria released during the dental cleaning.  Once cleaned, the teeth are polished and flouride treated to delay formation of new tarter and plaque. Note: Infected gums and abscessed teeth are the number one cause of Kidney failure and heart infections in cats.  Most cats have tarter build up by 3 to 5 years of age.
4. Declaw.
    We recommend declawing the front feet only, but all four feet can be done.  Recommended Age: 4 months of age is the best time for declawing, but can be done at any age. Note: There is a lot of misconception about declawing. When we declaw we take the skin around the nail bed and leave the joint and the retractor tendons.  Surgical glue is used to close the incision. When preformed correctly, cats have full use of their toes.  Some literature states that the nail grows from the bone.  That is not true in cats, the cutical around the nail bed forms the toe nail, so deep bone surgery is not required when performing a declaw. No bandages are necessary, just confined rest. Young cats are back to normal within 1 to 2 days. Older cats can take 3 to 6 weeks to recover.  This procedure can be combined with a spay or neuter to save costs.  Personal Note: I have not seen personality changes caused by declawing surgery.  Happy cats remain happy and aggressive cats usually remain aggressive.  If a cat is biting and scratching their owners, then behavioral training is recommended.
5. Abccess Debridement.
    Hospital care is variable for one to multiple days
6. Tumor/Cancer Removal.
    Day procedure for small growths.
7. Fracture Bones
    Xrays with bone or joint stabilization. Sevo gas and variable hospital stay.
8. Anterior Cruciate Repair (Knee Stabilization). 
   
Please phone with any questions: 503-648-2800
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