Loftin Veterinary Hospital’s Services:
There are times when your pet may need more than medical intervention; they may require surgical interventions. Although choosing surgical treatment can be scary, be assured that Loftin Veterinary Hospital is dedicated to surgical safety and excellence. We offer planned, elective surgery as well as emergency surgical procedures.
Surgical Services at Loftin Veterinary Hospital
Loftin Veterinary Hospital understands that surgical procedures may cause worry. We will do our best to communicate as necessary throughout the procedure and contact you as soon as the procedure is complete. Most surgical procedures require general anesthesia and overnight hospitalization. If you have a question about a surgical service not listed, please contact us during office hours.
Spays and neuters
Soft tissue surgery
Cystotomy (bladder stone removal)
Foreign body removal
In house referrals to board-certified veterinary surgeon, Dr. Kathleen Mullins, DVM, MS, Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Surgeons – Small Animal
It’s a great idea to make sure your pet is in tip-top shape before any surgical procedure. That’s why we offer elective pre-surgical blood screening. This gives our doctors a chance to detect any liver or kidney insufficiencies that may not be apparent during a general examination. The liver and kidneys are important organs that process anesthesia.
Anesthesia and Your Pet
General anesthesia for your pet can seem scary, but rest assured that Loftin Veterinary Hospital makes surgical safety a priority. Your pet’s anesthesia is custon-tailored to fit his or her needs. Know that your pet’s heart rate, blood oxygen levels, breathing rate, body temperature, and blood pressure are monitored throughout the entire procedure. We offer the option of intravenous catheter placement for an additional precaution as well.
Most patients are hospitalized overnight and discharged the next day. While hospitalized, your pet will receive appropriated pain management. We strongly encourage for you to keep your pet on prescription pain management at home. Pets that have pain management have fewer post-op complications. Your pet needs to be kept quiet in the post-operative period to encourage healing and help prevent complications. Most pets can resume normal activity 5-10 days after surgery. Until then, leash walks, lots of rest, and no swimming, bathing, or running is advised. E-collars are also available if your pet chews or licks at the incision. If suture removal is required, we will schedule the appointment.