Veterinary Surgical Services
At our Oceanside clinic, we use stringent surgical protocols to provide a wide range of surgical procedures for cats and dogs.
A dedicated nurse will administer anesthesia and continuously monitor your pet using electronic patient monitoring equipment during each surgery. In addition, pain management will be provided.
Following veterinary surgery, our top priorities are post-operative monitoring and pain management. Your veterinarian will also give you detailed instructions for at-home care.
What to Expect from Veterinary Surgery
We always keep you up to date on why we are recommending a surgical procedure and any post-operative care your pet will require at home. At our clinic, we follow strict surgical protocols.
At Surfside Animal Hospital, we perform medical and emergency veterinary surgeries to help treat disease and conditions in pets or to repair injuries sustained through trauma.
Our Oceanside vets routinely perform the following elective and non-elective surgeries:
- Soft Tissue Surgery
We provide soft tissue surgical procedures for pets with ear, nose, and throat disorders.
These procedures can also be used to treat hepatic, urogenital, oncological, cardiothoracic, gastrointestinal, and skin problems.
- Spaying & Neutering
When we spay or neuter a cat or dog, we surgically sterilize them to prevent disease and extend their life expectancy.
Skin biopsies can reveal the type of cells in an abnormal area of skin or growth, as well as whether it poses a health risk to your cat or dog.
A pet splenectomy is the surgical removal of the spleen. The spleen is in charge of storing blood vessels as well as cleaning toxins from the blood. If it is injured, it can bleed profusely into the abdominal cavity, resulting in anemia, low blood pressure, shock, and even death.
Surgery is generally reserved for situations in which other methods of repair are insufficient.
- Mass Removal
Masses associated with the skin can develop in cats and dogs. Masses can also form inside a body cavity and can be dangerous or even fatal.
Mass removal surgery is a fairly common procedure for both cats and dogs.
- Foreign Body
Sometimes, foreign objects are ingested or can get stuck inside a cat's or dog's body.
Whether your pet ate an object they shouldn't have or was injured in an accident, we can perform foreign body surgery to remove it.
Pet surgery may necessitate the use of specialized skills or equipment in some cases. If this is the case with your animal, your veterinarian will refer you to a cat or dog surgeon near Oceanside and will collaborate with your veterinary surgeon to ensure that your dog or cat receives the best possible care.
Wounds are formed when living tissue is cut, broken, burned, torn, or otherwise damaged.
These wounds must be cleaned, disinfected, and properly cared for by a qualified veterinarian as soon as possible.
- Orthopedic Surgery
Orthopedic surgeries correct injuries and diseases of the bones, ligaments, joints, tendons, and other skeletal structures in your pet.
If your dog or cat is suffering from a condition or injury that requires advanced specialized care, we'll be sure to schedule an appointment with our traveling orthopedic surgeon for a diagnosis and procedure.
- Dental Surgery
Our veterinarians provide dental surgeries for dogs and cats. These surgeries can range from tooth extractions to gum disease treatment and jaw fracture repairs.
- Bladder Stone Removal
Bladder stones are mineral-rich, rock-like formations that form in the urinary bladder. A large, single stone or a collection of stones ranging in size from sand-like grains to gravel may be present. Dogs usually recover quickly after a bladder stone removal.
If stones have obstructed the urethra and the dog is unable to urinate, an immediate emergency procedure must be performed to save the dog's life.
The Vet Surgery Process
We understand that bringing your pet in for surgery can be nerve-racking. Please be assured that we only recommend pet surgery when it is in the best interests of your cat or dog.
We will make certain that you fully understand why we are recommending pet surgery and that you are confident in your decision to proceed.
If your pet requires advanced care, our veterinarians will refer you to a veterinary surgeon near Oceanside and will collaborate with your vet surgeon to ensure that your pet receives the best care possible.
If your pet requires orthopedic surgery, we'll be sure to schedule an appointment with our traveling orthopedic surgeon.
Surgical protocols at our clinic include:
Pre-surgical assessments. We will confirm the procedure details, perform a physical examination of the patient, and ensure that blood tests have been completed and reviewed by the veterinarian to determine if your pet is at risk of anesthesia-related complications.
Dedicated surgical suites. Veterinary surgeries are carried out in a separate surgical suite. To prevent infection and cross-contamination, this room is kept completely sterile.
Surgical attire. When in the surgical suite, our staff wears disposable caps and masks at all times. Those involved in the procedure will also be outfitted in sterile gowns and single-use gloves.
Sterile packs and equipment. Before each surgery, we meticulously clean, sterilize, and wrap our surgical instruments and equipment.