Personalized and Individual Care for Pets and Clients
When our clients entrust us with the surgical care of their pets, we take that responsibility very seriously. We never cut corners, so we can ensure our charges have the absolute best in patient safety, stress relief, and pain control.
Unlike many practices, when you bring your pet in for surgery at AMCOP, you will meet with your doctor, not a technician. We want to make sure our veterinarians can address any questions or concerns you have about your pet’s surgery. The doctor will also explain the procedure, pain control, and aftercare for your pet.
Our practice custom tailors the anesthetic protocol for each and every patient, taking into consideration factors, such as age, breed, general health status, previous anesthetic experiences, expected pain level, anxiety level of the pet, and more. Anesthesia should never be a “one size fits all” prospect. We are very proud to offer a wide array of modern anesthetic drugs to ensure the safest procedures possible for every patient in our care.
Each surgical patient will have an IV catheter to help maintain blood pressure and provide a portal for the rapid injection of emergency medications if needed. We place an endotracheal “trach” tube into all of our surgery patients in order to ensure a good airway and to administer inhalant anesthesia. We use various methods (hot water blanket and forced warm air blanket) to maintain our patients’ body temperatures intra operatively.
Our hospital utilizes state of the art anesthetic monitoring systems so that we can intervene where needed to ensure optimal patient safety and recovery, including:
- Pulse Oximeter
- Blood Pressure
- End Tidal Carbon Dioxide
- Body Temperature
- Heart Rate
And because someone needs to interpret what all those machines say, the veterinarian and a skilled technician are always present to further monitor your pet and make necessary adjustments.
Most soft tissue surgeries are performed at our hospital. Extremely complex, critical, or orthopedic procedures may be referred to select board certified surgeons in the area.
In house surgeries include, but are not limited to:
- Intestinal or gastric foreign body removal
- Tumor removals
- Skin growth removals
- “Cherry Eye” or prolapsed third eyelid correction
- Anal gland removal
- Entropion (inverted eyelid) correction
Preparing for Surgery
In order to ensure the safest procedure possible for your pet,
- Please take up all food after 10:00 PM the evening before the procedure.
- We prefer that water not be taken up until the morning of the procedure, to ensure proper hydration for the patient.
- We would like all surgery patients to arrive at our facility between 8:00 and 9:00 AM on the day of their procedure. If this is an issue, please let us know and we can work with you to accommodate your schedule.
- On the morning of surgery, please allow time to fill out paperwork. You will also have a consultation with the veterinarian to further discuss the procedure, aftercare, and any concerns or questions you may have. If the timing of this is an issue, we can schedule the consult the day before the procedure and have you fill out the necessary forms at that time.
The majority of our routine surgery patients will go home the same day of their procedure. Please allow time for a discharge consultation in order to finalize home care instructions and discuss the procedure. If you are unable to stay for the discharge consult, this can be replaced by a phone call with your doctor, if necessary.