Caring for a pet is an incredible source of joy. Whether you’ve raised your pet since they were young, or adopted an aging animal, bringing a new member into your family is a both a delight and a responsibility. We know you want to give your pet the best care possible, and sometimes that goes beyond regular check-ups, dental care, special diets, vaccines and medicines. Cat surgery or dog surgery, if your pet is suffering from a more serious issue, and you’ve started conversations about surgery, we hope the information below will give you some peace of mind.
At Midway Animal Hospital, our veterinarians are trained to perform a variety of surgical procedures. Our veterinarians perform both routine and non-routine surgeries while ensuring your pet is safe and pain free.
Our focus is on patient safety and well-being through:
Careful screening of patients prior to surgery through thorough physical examination and blood testing
Tailoring anesthesia and medications to your pet’s specific needs
Performing thorough anesthetic monitoring during the entire procedure
Implementing the most current surgical practices
Focusing on pain management during and following the procedure
Some of the surgical procedures we perform include:
Spay and Neuter
Feline Declaws (with laser, front feet only)
Abdominal Surgery (foreign body removal, exploratory, biopsies, gastropexy)
Eye Surgery (cherry eye repair, eyelid tumor removal)
Bladder Surgery (bladder stone removal)
Laceration and Abscess Repair
Common Issues for Pet Surgeries
A lot of different issues come through our doors, both routine and non-routine. Here are a list of the most common issues our clients deal with:
It’s time for your pet to get spayed/neutered
Your pet has swallowed/ingested something they shouldn’t, and it needs to be removed
Your pet has a cavity, or a tooth that needs to be extracted
There’s an abnormal growth that needs to be removed
Your pet has formed a bladder stone, or has an urethral blockage
Your pet has torn ligaments, or an ACL that needs to be repaired
If your pets’ issues doesn’t fit with any of these, don’t worry! Our staff is ready and capable to handle any situation, even if it’s slightly outside the norm (we’re looking at you, Fido, shame on you for eating your parent’s entire stash of Reese’s Pieces).
Day of Surgery for Dogs and Cats
At Midway Animal Hospital, we pride ourselves in pet-side care. Since you won’t be able to stay by their side and hold their paw (no judgment here!), we’ve decided to give you a virtual, blog-tour of what happens when your dog or cat is admitted.
1) Receiving your pet. After you leave, we set your pet up in their own little waiting room to relax while they adjust to their new environment.
2) Examination. Next, we do a complete and thorough physical examination, and some blood tests, to be sure everything is ready to go for surgery.
3) Pre-Surgery. After the examination is complete, our vet staff prepares the anesthesia and other medications, being sure of the correct dosage.
4) Surgery. Your pets team of vets are ready to perform the surgery! With skilled hands performing the surgery, and alert eyes monitoring the anesthesia, your pet will be in comfort for the entire process.
5) Post-Surgery. Your pet will then be returned to its personalized recovery room, where it has the privacy to wake-up and recovery on its own time. Staff members will regularly check on your pet, and observe the progress (the pet-stay can be between 3 hours and 36+ hours, depending on the intensity of the procedure).
6) Check-Out. Finally, your pet will be returned to you, with detailed instructions for recovery and medicine.
Pet Post Surgery Recovery
While your vet will talk to you about the specifics of your pets unique recovery plan, there are a few things to be aware of when bringing your pet home:
Have a recovery area set up for your pet. They will be sleeping a lot for the next few days! We recommend quiet, cozy areas if possible.
Avoid excess stimulation- try not to invite any guests over, or host any events.
Monitor and keep your pet indoors for the first 24 hours.
It’s not unusual for there to be long gaps between bowel movements after surgery.
Your pet may not want to eat, but try to feed them as normally as possible, and call your vet with any concerns.
Midway Animal Hospital is dedicated to giving your pet quality medical care, keeping you and your family healthy and happy! If your dog or cat needs a surgical consultation, feel free to reach out to Midway Animal Hospital today. We’ll answer all your questions and set up a pre-operative appointment for your pet. We also offer pet grooming, pet boarding, pet hospice and pet dental services!Contact us to find out more about our services or set up an appointment!
“What an excellent vet! We recently moved to Alpharetta from Woodstock & I brought my dog & one of my cats in for flea allergy issues & Dr. Hardee was so thorough, informative & professional in his examination. He offered many suggestions for assistance, didn’t offer anything unnecessary, & managed to solve our problem very quickly! The front desk staff is also very courteous & friendly. I highly recommend this vet!”