Your Pet's Surgery

Cobblestone Veterinary Hospital

The entire team at Cobblestone Veterinary Hospital understands that the choice to allow your pet to undergo surgery is never easy. We understand your concerns and are happy to answer any questions regarding your pet’s surgery. In addition to a pre-surgical consultation with your veterinarian, our medical staff is happy to provide you with information on postoperative care to ensure a rapid return to your pet’s happy, healthy self.

We routinely perform a variety of soft tissue surgeries, such as spay/neuters, tumor removals, and abdominal explorations with foreign body removals, as well as splenectomies, cystotomies, and declaws. We are committed to performing quality surgery at a reasonable cost.

Our Facilities

Cobblestone Veterinary Hospital’s modern 4,000-square-foot facility was designed to meet the needs of our clients, patients, and professional medical staff. Our state-of-the-art surgical suite ensures procedures are as safe and efficient as possible. Veterinary technology is rapidly advancing; these advancements, combined with our expertise, greatly reduce the risk of complications and allow us to perform surgical procedures with the utmost care and precision.

Pre-Surgery Exam

Each surgical procedure at Cobblestone Veterinary Hospital is preceded by a thorough examination. This exam includes a pre-surgical blood screen, which, along with your pet’s anesthetic history, breed, preexisting conditions and age, will be used to determine a unique anesthesia protocol. These tests have the added benefit of establishing a baseline for the comparison of future blood tests.

Cobblestone Veterinary Hospital

Anesthesia

Anesthesia is required for most surgical procedures. At Cobblestone Veterinary Hospital, our dedicated team administers an injectable dosage for induction and then use Isofluorane gas during surgery. During surgery, we continuously monitor your pet’s blood pressure, heart rate, respiratory rate, body temperature, and oxygen and carbon dioxide levels.

Pain Management

Pain after surgery can go beyond physical discomfort. Pain can slow healing and worsen diseases like arthritis. It can also cause behavioral issues and interfere with the human-to-pet bond, because our companion friends don’t understand why they are experiencing pain.

To minimize your pet’s discomfort, we typically use a combination of local anesthetics, NSAIDs, and narcotic pain relievers. We also utilize local nerve blocks for some procedures, such as declawing. Exact protocols are tailored to each animal, and depend on various factors determined by the pre-surgery exam and during the procedure.

Postoperative Care

Following surgery, the experienced medical staff at Cobblestone Veterinary Hospital continuously monitor patients until they have recovered from anesthesia and are stabilized in their warming cages. The amount of time your pet will need to monitored after surgery varies. In some cases, animals will need to be monitored overnight; in others, they can be sent home the same day.

Dr. Robertson or Dr. McIntyre will provide you with information on proper home care after surgery when your pet is discharged, including guidelines explaining any medication you will leave with and how to properly administer it.

We will also be available to answer questions after your pet arrives home. Contact us at (417) 725-2273 with any questions or concerns following surgery and we will be more than happy to help you.