Our trained veterinary staff and fully equipped surgical suite offer your pet the best care possible if he or she requires surgery of any kind, from a simple spay or neuter to chest, abdominal, or orthopedic procedures to cancer surgery. All of our animal patients are treated as people are in a human hospital, with a full team of caregivers closely monitoring their progress every step of the way. We focus on positive patient outcomes and always strive to provide the least invasive and most effective procedure for your pet.
If your pet requires surgery, we will begin with a pre-surgical exam that includes:
- Thorough physical exam to identify any existing medical conditions that might endanger your pet during a surgical procedure
- Blood testing to get a complete picture of your pet’s health and to enable us to tailor an anesthetic regimen that will best suit your pet
- EKG and chest and abdominal X-rays, if necessary
- Updating any vaccinations, if necessary
- Discussion with your veterinarian and our team of licensed technicians to fully understand the surgical procedure and likely post-operative care
- Veterinarians and technicians will be there every step of the way to answer any questions you may have
- Signing of paperwork
It is essential to monitor and control anxiety so that our patients have the best chance of an easy surgery and recovery. Stress and fear can delay healing, and we are careful to reduce these forms of anxiety as much as possible both before and during surgery.
During surgery, your pet will be closely watched at all times using anesthetic, cardiac, and pulse oximetry monitoring devices. We also monitor blood pressure and carbon dioxide levels and run essential blood tests as indicated. Pain management is an essential part of our care, from pre-operative, through surgery, to post-surgical supervision.
We believe in thorough, consistent communication with our clients every step of the way and will keep you informed about your pet’s progress throughout the procedure and recovery process. We will work closely with you to ensure your pet receives the necessary pain management protocol after surgery so that he or she makes a comfortable and speedy recovery.
If your pet is scheduled for surgery with us, please remember:
- No food after 11 p.m. the day before the surgery.
- It is okay to leave water out the day before the surgery. Ask your doctor when to take away your pet’s water bowl.
- Admittance time is between 7:30 and 9 a.m. Under some circumstances, we can admit your pet the evening before surgery if your work schedule requires.
- Please notify us of any medications given to your pet 24 hours prior to surgery.
- Discuss dietary preferences or concerns, including whether your pet prefers canned or dry food.
Depending on the nature of the surgery, your pet may need to be hospitalized to allow for continued (24–hour) monitoring, analgesia (pain relief), and recuperation. All pets staying overnight at Bellerose Animal Hospital are closely monitored 24 hours a day by New York State-licensed technicians and highly skilled aides.