Do you have questions about your pet's surgery? Check out our frequently asked questions pages and if you can't find your answer give us a call.

Sterile Instruments

We do not re-use surgical instruments, including needles and syringes. The doctor “scrubs in”, which means she wears a sterile gown, cap, mask, and gloves for every surgery. The instruments used are steam autoclaved between all procedures to ensure no transfer of disease between patients.

Precision Suture Material

We use the highest quality suture material available. Many hospitals will cut costs by using expired human suture material, whose strength cannot be assured. By choosing to use the more expensive materials, we can count on the best holding ability and the lowest number of adverse reactions.

Emergency Drugs

We always have emergency drugs available should the need for them arise. We have the appropriate doses of these medications calculated specifically for your pet prior to the procedure.

Anesthetic Monitoring

Our surgical suite is equipped with a monitor specifically designed for veterinary use. We also have specially trained, licensed technicians dedicated to monitoring your pet while they are under general anesthesia. They are trained to recognize any evidence of complications and are taught how to act accordingly. During surgery we are monitoring your pet’s heart rate and rhythm, respiratory rate, pulse oxygen saturation, blood pressure, and anesthetic depth.

Surgical Anesthesia

For almost every surgery we use an injectable anesthetic followed by an inhalant. This means that all patients have a secure airway by the placement of a breathing tube. While your pet is under anesthesia they are unable to swallow and can occasionally regurgitate stomach contents. If inhaled, this can be fatal. But by placing a breathing tube we can ensure that their airway is protected from aspiration of caustic substances.

Post-Surgical Monitoring

After surgery the risks for your pet are not minimized until they are up and walking around. Complications such as increased or decreased body temperature are common. We closely monitor your pet’s temperature every 10-20 minutes for the first 1-2 hours after surgery. This also allows us to make sure your pet is recovering as we expect. Once your pet is awake enough, they are taken for a short walk and fed a high-calorie snack.

Discharge Instructions

We will provide you with detailed instructions on what to watch for and expect after your pet’s surgery. These instructions will be reviewed with you by one of our technicians who are available to answer any questions you may have

Pre-Surgical Pain Relief

Scientific evidence has shown that animals experience pain the same way people do. Like us, it is easier to prevent pain in our pets than to treat it. We are committed to providing your pet with pain relief before, during, and after their surgical procedure.

What’s Included In My Pet’s Surgery at Byron Center Animal Hospital?

At Byron Center Animal Hospital, your pet’s comfort and safety are our primary concerns. We hope this helps break down the costs of surgery. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to ask us! You have the right to know what services are being provided for your pet!