At Shirley Veterinary Hospital, we want to be able to provide your pets with complete and optimal care. We offer the most advanced surgical techniques and technology. Our highly skilled surgeons are equipped to perform routine and specialized surgeries. We employ the use of laparoscopic procedures, which is minimally invasive to the patient, and post-surgery rehabilitation therapy to reduce recovery time. All patients are carefully screened for safety, and anesthetics are specifically tailored to your pet. Surgical services and facilities include: board certified surgeon available for consultation; fully trained veterinary and technical staff, to ensure the safest, most efficient, state-of-the-art procedures for your pet; heated surgery tables for greater comfort; advanced sterilization techniques; ECG and oxygen saturation monitors; intensive after surgery care and full blood testing.
A veterinarian examines every pet before any procedure. At this time, the surgery is explained and we will discuss why the surgery to be performed is important, risks, consequences of not doing surgery, and the cost. Depending on our conversation with you, we may or may not recommend certain pre-anesthetic tests. Ultimately, it is your decision whether to do surgery and to what extent you might want to investigate hidden potential problems before doing any procedure involving anesthesia. We explain the pros and cons of any decision and help you make the right choice for your situation. We can provide ultimate state-of-the-art care or scale down certain procedures in order to stay on budget. Routine surgeries are almost never postponed.
We use only the safest available anesthesia to provide an extra margin of safety, especially for our older or high-risk patients. Your pet will have an IV catheter placed so that fluids can be given during the procedure. We use balanced anesthesia—the intelligent combination of tranquilization, analgesia (pain control), induction (usually by IV injection), maintenance anesthesia (usually by isoflurane gas), and patient monitoring (pulse oximeter, ECG, blood pressure monitor). Our licensed veterinary technicians are with your pet all the way. While under anesthesia, your pet is kept warm with a heated water blanket and, using the most current technology, your pet’s vital signs are monitored continually.
Post-operative care includes appropriate pain management and lots of TLC. When your pet needs surgery, the veterinarians make sure that he or she is comfortable with medication administered before, during, and after the procedure by intravenous (IV) means. Pain relief during any surgical procedure has a profound impact on how pets feel during recovery. It also significantly affects their attitude and activity once they return home. After your pet goes home, we will call you to check on his or her progress and to make sure everything is going well. If there are problems or questions, no matter how small, you can be sure that everyone takes the extra steps necessary to make sure that your pet does well. In addition to pain management, Shirley Veterinary Hospital also offers physical therapy and rehabilitation at our Healing Hands 4 Paws Rehabilitation facility for pets requiring post-surgical therapy. We understand that your pet is a family member and that separation from him or her may be stressful. Be assured that the entire Shirley Veterinary Hospital team involved with your companion's medical treatment is committed to sensitive, compassionate care of your pet from drop off to discharge and home.