The Veterinarians and staff at March Animal Hospital take every precaution possible during all surgical procedures. Our state of the art surgical suite allows us to utilize the best possible tools for your pet’s surgical procedure. We offer many surgical procedures including dental services and procedures that utilize a CO2 laser. We also have a therapy laser for post-op treatments, easing arthritis, improving wound healing, and other chronic conditions.
All animals have the following requirements prior to surgery:
Dogs: rabies, distemper, canine influenza, bordetella, and a negative stool sample.
Cats: rabies, distemper, and a negative stool sample.
Pre-anesthetic blood testing and exams are required. Blood tests prior to anesthesia and surgery allow us to assess internal organ function to help reduce anesthetic risks. Internal organ abnormalities cannot always be picked up on physical examination.
No food or treats after 10:00 PM the evening before surgery (except for rabbits).
A very small amount of water is okay overnight. You will be given a drop-off time for your pet, please plan on coming inside and going over pre-surgical paperwork.
After surgery, pets are moved into a comfortable kennel where they are closely supervised by technicians and veterinarians as they recover.
What can I expect when I take my pet home?
A release appointment will be scheduled to ensure that there is an adequate amount of time to go over after-care instructions and answer any questions you may have. Your pet may still be groggy or sleepy when you get him or her home and it is important to be kept quiet and comfortable. Do not allow children or other pets to excite them.
Puppy and kitten exams
Sick or injured pet exams
Senior wellness exams
Surgical laser procedures
In-house lab work
Heart, respiration, blood pressure monitoring
Comprehensive pain management
Digital and dental radiology
Therapy laser treatments
Allergy and DNA testing
Monthly flea and tick preventatives
Do you have questions about your pet's nutritional needs or want to improve their quality of life? Proper nutrition is one of the easiest ways you can help your pets! Schedule an appointment to speak with Kate, our Purina certified nutrition counselor. Kate can help you with everything from discussing dietary needs to helping you create a weight loss program for your pet. She is available by appointment, give us a call today!
Veterinarians depend on laboratory results as a diagnostic tool to help them understand the status of your pet's health. When your pet is sick, the veterinarian can more easily determine whether or not your pet's lab values are abnormal by comparing the baseline values to the current values.
Descriptions of common laboratory tests:
Complete blood count: This common test measures the number of red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets in a given sample of blood. The numbers and types of these cells give the veterinarian information needed to help diagnose anemia, infections and leukemia. A complete blood count also helps veterinarian monitor your pet's response to some treatments.
Urinalysis: Laboratory analysis of urine is a tool used to detect the presence of specific substances that normally do not appear in urine, such as protein, sugar, white blood cells, bacteria or blood. A measurement of the dilution or concentration of urine is also helpful in diagnosing diseases. Urinalysis can assist in the diagnosis of urinary-tract infections, diabetes, dehydration, kidney problems and many other conditions.
Blood chemistry panel: Blood-chemistry panels measure electrolytes, enzymes and chemical elements. This information helps your veterinarian determine how various organs, such as the kidneys, pancreas, and liver, are currently functioning. The results of these tests help your veterinarian formulate an accurate diagnosis, prescribe proper therapy, and monitor the response to treatment. Further testing may be recommended based on the results of these tests.
Thyroid level: This blood test measures the amount of circulating thyroid hormone. Hypothyroidism is common in dogs resulting in lethargy, weight gain, and dermatological problems. Hyperthyroidism is common in senior cats resulting in weight loss, increased appetite and thirst, and heart problems.
Microscopic fecal parasite evaluation: Microscopic examination of your pet's feces can provide information about many different kinds of diseases such as difficulties with digestion, internal bleeding, and disorders of the pancreas. Most importantly, though, this test confirms the presence of intestinal parasites, some of which can be transmitted to people.
Radiographs/ultrasound: Imaging studies allow visualization of internal organs including the bladder, liver, spleen, kidney, pancreas, and heart. These are especially useful in diagnosis of cardiac problems as well as abdominal growths and orthopedic issues.
Dental procedures are still surgical procedures. We use the same surgical care and monitoring procedures as other surgical procedures to ensure your pet receives the best care. Periodontal disease is caused by an accumulation of tartar (calculus) on the teeth which contributes to gum recession around the base of the tooth. Infection soon follows and the gums recede.
If periodontal disease is left untreated it can lead to major complications such as (but not limited to):
Acupuncture is among some of the the oldest medical procedures in history. In people and animals it has been shown as an effective treatment for musculoskeletal issues, gastrointestinal, respiratory, urinary, skin, reproductive, neurologic, and behavioral disorders, as well as stress. In cancer patients it is extremely effective for the alleviation of pain, fatigue, nausea, vomiting, inappetence, and improving quality of life. Dr. Beloiu is certified in animal acupuncture, call today for more info!