Wateree Animal Hospital offers state-of-the-art veterinary surgery suites. We provide the best in surgical management and offer the safest anesthetic protocols available.

Our highest priority is to ensure your animal’s well-being and safety, which is why we take careful measures to ensure that their experience is as comfortable and relaxed as possible. Our state-of-the-art facility has the resources to perform complex and demanding procedures.

Veterinary soft tissue and orthopedic surgeries available at Wateree Animal Hospital include, but are not limited to:

  • Ovariohysterectomy (Spay)
  • Orchiectomy (Neuter)
  • General Soft Tissue (lacerations/wound care/trauma)
  • Extracapsular Cruciate Repair
  • Patellar Luxation Repair (dislocated knee cap)
  • Femoral Head Ostectomy (FHO)
  • Fracture Repair including – Bone Pinning, Bone Plating and External Fixation
  • Basic and Advanced Abdominal Surgery
  • Oncological Surgery (Cancer)
  • Cystotomy
  • Endoscopy

Pre and Post-Operative Care

Pre-Op Planning

We prefer your dog or cat be admitted the night before surgery to complete pre-surgical blood work; this allows the doctor to get surgery started earlier the next morning and your pal home to you sooner! If you choose to drop off the morning of surgery, your pet will need to fast starting the night before. This means your pet can have dinner as usual, then no food after 10:00pm and no breakfast the morning of surgery; it is okay to leave the water bowl down. If you decide not to drop off the night before, surgical patients are admitted between 7:00am and 7:30am on the day of surgery. This applies to dogs and cats; all other species should follow pre-op procedures as directed by your veterinarian.

 

Post-Op Care

Most patients are able to go home the same day as surgery; however this is when the hard work starts.  Good post-operative care is essential to allowing your pet to recover quickly from his operation and avoid complications.

Keeping your pet calm and restricting activity is necessary to a smooth recovery. When patients are too active or able to chew at surgery sites, incisions are prone to irritation and infection. This can cause swelling and/or pain at incision sites.

Remember that we are available to ease your concerns and answer any questions after your pet’s surgery. If there is anything you are worried about, please do not hesitate to call for advice!

Pain Control

Wateree Animal Hospital offers Laser Therapy as a pain control option. This is a sterile, pain-free treatment that has been shown to provide relief and speed up the healing process. We recommend Laser Therapy after most surgical procedures and encourage a second treatment the following day.

All post-surgical patients are sent home with pain relief medication, and our clients are advised to closely monitor their pets for signs of pain. If you think your pet is in pain please contact our office immediately. Below are helpful tips for identifying pain in your pet. We always encourage you to give us a call if you are ever in question.

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