At some time, your pet may require surgery. Our team of veterinarians and nurses possess the knowledge, skills and compassion to treat and care for your pet from the minute they enter our facility until the time they are healed and ready to go home. We provide surgical care for your pet at Ark Veterinary Hospital, and common surgical procedures that our veterinarians perform include:

  • Spay and neuter surgery
  • Lump removal
  • Soft-tissue surgery (including the gastrointestinal tract and entire abdomen)
  • Eye and eyelid eurgery

What to Expect

We know that having your pet undergo anesthesia and surgery can be a stressful experience, which is why we want you to understand the steps we take to ensure the utmost safety and care of your pet during this time.

Pre-Surgical Care

Before surgery, your pet will have a screening physical exam. Blood and urine tests will also be performed before anesthesia to confirm that your pet’s liver, heart and kidneys are functioning properly and so that we can make adjustments in the anesthetics if needed. Anesthetics will be chosen based on your animal’s breed, age, health and other factors. Your pet will have an IV catheter placed and will receive IV fluids during the anesthetic procedure.

Anesthesia Monitoring

During surgery, we have a trained veterinary technician monitoring your pet’s vitals. In addition to our trained staff, we use advanced electronic monitors to track your pet’s blood pressure, heart rate and rhythm, respiratory functions, blood oxygen level and body temperature.

After Surgery

Your pet will be monitored by a veterinary nurse and will be comforted when he or she awakens from surgery. Our main goal is to make sure your pet is safe and comfortable. We always focus on pain prevention and will give your pet pain medications while he or she is in the hospital, as well as send home pain medications to help you keep your pet comfortable at home.

When you arrive to pick up your pet, one of our staff members will meet with you and explain everything you need to know, providing you with information on how to care for your pet at home. Within a few days, we will call to see how your pet is recovering but please do not hesitate to call us if you have any questions or concerns.

If you need to make an appointment, call us at 802-891-4078 or schedule an appointment online today!