The idea of your pet having surgery is understandably stressful. We want to assure you that your pet is in good hands and that we will do everything to provide the best care possible.
Our veterinarians provide routine surgeries like neuters, spays, dental cleanings and extractions and mass removals. For more complex procedures and orthopedics, we work with board-certified veterinary surgeon Dr. Jennifer Wardlaw of Gateway Veterinary Surgery, who travels to St. Louis area clinics like City Paws to provide surgical procedures for patients.
We worked with specialists like Dr. Wardlaw and used guidelines from the American Animal Hospital Association and Fear Free Pets to design a state of the art surgical suite, utilize the latest equipment and monitoring devices, work with the safest drug protocols and create a calm recovery area.
Preparing for Surgery
What to Expect for Your pet's surgical stay
- Your pet will have a full exam and pre-anesthetic blood work prior to surgery.
- They'll be given pre-anesthetic sedation and pain medication prior to inducing anesthesia (plus a bunch of hugs and kisses).
- The majority of procedures will include your pet having an IV catheter placed for delivery of fluids and medications, an endotracheal tube placed to protect their airway and deliver anesthesia, and appropriate pain medication like regional and nerve blocks to deliver the best care.
- We use state of the art monitoring equipment, including EKG, pulse oximetry and temperature monitoring to monitor your pet under anesthesia. A technician monitors your pet's vitals continuously throughout the procedure.
- Our team will safely recover your patient including providing warming support (no cold bare cages for our patients!) and they will be monitored throughout the rest of their stay.
- We'll call you when your patient is out of surgery and in recovery. Please be sure to leave a phone number where you can be reached during the day!
- Based on your pet's procedure, we'll work with you to schedule a discharge appointment to go over post-op care, medications and next steps. Most patients go home the same day!