Surgery can play an important role in keeping your pet healthy. At Poway Animal Hospital, we go above and beyond to ensure our patients' safety and give their owners peace of mind. Our team practices strict safety protocols before, during, and after surgery for every pet. Additionally, we have the resources of board certified surgeons and our entire technical staff is fully-trained to handle a wide variety of surgical procedures.
Our Surgical Services
At Poway Animal Hospital, our veterinarians can perform various soft tissue and basic orthopedic surgeries on cats and dogs. We also work closely with an orthopedic specialist surgeon who can perform more complex procedures when needed. Our in-house surgeries include:
- Spay and Neuter
- Mass removal
- Exploratory surgery
- Foreign body removal
- TPLO (knee stabilization through correction of the tibia bone's slope)
- TTA (knee stabilization through tendon repositioning)
- Patellar luxation (kneecap realignment)
- Minor fracture repair
Poway Animal Hospital is pleased to offer the latest in minimally invasive surgery, the Aesculight CO2 Laser. This state-of-the-art technology uses a high-power beam of light to precisely cut and remove tissues, from single layers of cells to large tumors.
Laser surgery improves precision for surgeons, and reduces bleeding, pain, recovery time, and risk of infection for patients. This innovative technology is becoming more popular in soft tissue surgery and is most commonly used by our doctors for spay and neuter and mass removal surgeries. Ask if your pet is a candidate for laser surgery and for more information when you schedule their procedure.
Before any surgery, we take a number of steps to ensure that our patients are safe and comfortable. Your pet will receive complete pre-anesthetic blood work to make sure they're completely healthy. Underlying health issues can be hazardous, and may require that we delay surgery until they can be safely resolved.
Additionally, a technician will be standing by to monitor your pet's vitals including blood pressure, heart rate, temperature and oxygen saturation throughout the procedure. All pets are also kept on IV fluid support during their surgery.
Furthermore, pets under anesthesia will have a lower body temperature. We use Bair Hugger warming blankets to stabilize pets' body temperatures and keep them comfortable while in surgery.
After your pet's surgery, we will continue to monitor them until they wake up and the effects of the anesthesia wear off. When they are stable and ready to go home, our doctors will provide instructions for follow-up care and medication.
Generally, pets need to be monitored after surgery to make sure they stay calm. Additionally, it is important to make sure they don't lick or scratch at their incision site.
We offer medical boarding for patients who need extra supervision or medication in the days following surgery. While in our care, pets will have the opportunity to get appropriate levels of exercise while under our observation. They will also be given all their necessary medications and post-surgical care to ensure the best possible recovery.