Surgery for Cats & Dogs
Our vets perform a number of surgical operations for dogs and cats at South Novato Animal Hospital, utilizing stringent surgical protocols.
Throughout each operation a highly skilled nurse will apply the anesthesia and repeatedly monitor your animal companion with electronic patient monitoring equipment. During the process our team also provides your pet with pain management.
Following the surgery, we prioritize pain management and post-operative monitoring. Your veterinarian will supply you with detailed instructions for at-home care.
What You Can Expect From Surgery
The team always keeps you up-to-date through out the entire process and will let you know why we are suggesting a surgery and inform you about any post-operative care your cat or dog will require at home.
Our vets at South Novato Animal Hospital offer emergency and medical surgeries to help treat a variety of cat and dog conditions and diseases or to help trama based injuries.
Our Novato pet surgeons perform the elective and non-elective surgeries below on a regular basis:
- Soft Tissue Surgery
We offer soft tissue surgical procedures for cats and dogs experiencing throat, nose and ear disorders.
Our team also performs this surgery for skin, cardiothoracic, hepatic, oncological, urogenital and gastrointestinal disorders.
- Spaying & Neutering
When spaying or neutering your pets we always sterilize the dogs and cats in order to prevent diseases and to extend their life expectancy.
C-sections are usually performed when the mother isn't able to naturally give birth.
Throughout Caesarean sections ( C-sections) our team surgically removes kittens and puppies from their mother's uterus to help her give birth.
Your cat or dog might require ocular surgery if they are displaying signs of redness, pain or any other symptoms around or in their eyes.
The types of ocular procedures we most often see for pets include cherry eye surgery, entropion surgery, eyelid tumor removal, cataract surgery, ectropion surgery and exenteration of the orbit.
If your animal companion needs to have a veterinary surgical specialist do the surgery, our team will refer you to a pet surgeon near Novato and work closely with your surgeon to make sure your pet gets the best care possible.
- Tibial Tuberosity Advancement (TTA)
Our talented team of vets perform this surgical operation to treat CCL (cranial cruciate ligament) ruptures in your dog's knee. The process involves cutting the top of their shin bone and moving it forward, we then stabilize it in the corrected location.
- Orthopedic Surgery
Your orthopedic vet in Novato performs orthopedic surgery on dogs and cats in order to treat diseases and injuries of the ligaments, tendons bones, joints and other skeletal structures in your pet.
If your furry companion is experiencing an injury or condition that needs advanced specialized care your veterinarian will refer them to a vet surgeon near your area.
- Dental Surgery
Our animal hospital provides dental surgeries for both cats and dogs including jaw fracture repairs, tooth extractions and gum disease treatment.
The Surgery Process
Our team understands that it can be frightening to bring your beloved pet in for surgery. And we want to assure you that we only suggest surgery when it is in your cat or dog's best interest.
We will make sure that you completely understand and know why we are recommending surgery and we want you to be comfortable making the final decision to move forward with the procedure.
If your pet needs more advanced care, our veterinarians will refer you to a vet surgeon around the Novato area, and will work closely with your veterinary surgeon to make sure that your pet receives the highest-quality of care possible.
Surgical protocols at our clinic include:
Pre-surgical assessments. We will confirm the specifics of the procedure, perform a comprehensive physical examination of your pet, and make sure blood tests have been completed and reviewed by your veterinarian. This will let your vet know if your pet is at risk of encountering any complications relating to the anesthesia.
Dedicated surgical suites. We perform surgeries in a dedicated surgical suite. This is a completely sterile room so our team can prevent cross-contamination and infection.
Surgical attire. The surgical staff wears disposable masks and caps the entire time they are in the surgical suite. Anyone involved with the procedure itself will also wear sterile single-use gloves and gowns.
Sterile packs and equipment. Everything is carefully cleaned and sterilized. We wrap our surgical equipment and instruments before every surgery.