At St. Matthews Animal Clinic, we have the very highest standard of care for our patients. That’s especially true when it comes to surgery; all of our veterinarians are qualified surgeons. Of course, our practice performs many common surgeries, such as spay and neuter procedures, growth removals and oral surgery. We also have the expertise to do many other kinds of surgeries like an abdominal exploratory, foreign body removal, and amputations.

Our Surgical Process

Before Surgery

We have food and water restrictions for your pet before surgery.

  • Do not give your pet any food or water after midnight the night before surgery.
  • Give nothing the morning of surgery unless otherwise directed by your veterinarian.
  • Please bring your pet to us between 7:30 & 8:30 am the day of surgery.

At that time you will meet with one of our veterinary technicians who will go over the surgical process for the day and answer any questions you may have. Your pet will then be brought back to get a most recent weight, the technician will check heart rate, respiratory rate, and temperature to get a baseline before surgery. The surgeon for the day will also perform a thorough exam, listening to your pet’s heart and lungs for any abnormalities. We recommend any pet going under anesthesia to have pre-anesthetic blood work to make sure we get the “all clear”, if there is anything of concern, the doctor will give you a call.

Surgery Prep and During Surgery

We practice advanced sterile techniques and technology. Surgeons are properly protected and each patient’s fur is shaved in the vicinity of the surgical site. The skin is then thoroughly cleaned with surgical scrubs. Because your pet’s safety is our priority, each patient is provided with an IV catheter for distributing fluids and medication. We also provide a blanket that has warm water circulating through it, underneath the patient, and a warm air flow to keep the patients temperature normal throughout the procedure. The surgeon will prepare for surgery scrubbing their hands/arms, using sterile gowns, gloves, masks, caps and equipment each time. During the procedure your pet will be hooked up to an advanced monitoring machine keeping track of all vitals; heart rate & rhythm, oxygen level, pulse, etc. Your pet will also manually be listened to every 5 minutes by our surgical technician.

After Surgery

Depending on the procedure, your pet will receive a therapeutic laser treatment over the surgical site to provide a better healing process. They will be taken to a comfy cage with warm blankets and warm air to get their temperature back to normal, as it is very common for it to drop some during a procedure. Depending on the procedure, we may have your pet stay overnight.  When you pick up your pet, our staff will go over any at home care instructions including any medications sent home. Approximately 10-14 days after the surgery, you can return to have the stitches/staples removed if told to do so by the doctor or technician.