Pet Surgery

Surgery is a common treatment option for pets, either as a preventive measure or to treat an acute condition. At Skipworth Veterinary Clinic in Richmond, we understand that even the most routine surgeries can be stressful for pets and their owners alike. As a well-loved member of your family, the thought of them being exposed to even minor risks can be unpleasant. We can assure you that our friendly team of veterinary professionals will put you at ease and explain the process to you so that you will know what to expect. Our veterinarian and assistants always go the extra mile to ensure that our patients are safe, healthy, and comfortable.

Pet Surgery in Richmond

Procedures Our Doctor Can Perform

We offer a variety of surgical services to accommodate cats and dogs of all ages and sizes, which include soft tissue and orthopedic procedures. These include:

  • Spaying and neutering
  • Exploratory laparotomies
  • C-sections
  • Foreign body removals (gastric and intestinal)
  • Growth removals
  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) repair
  • Fracture repair using plates, screws, and other types of stabilization

Anesthesia and Monitoring

All of our patients undergo a pre-surgical exam before their surgery, while senior patients also need to have blood work to assess their internal health and check for underlying issues. During surgery, we closely monitor pulse and oxygen saturation, and have a technician monitoring anesthesia levels at all times. Your pet will receive pain medication and antibiotics to keep them comfortable and healthy during their recovery.

Warm blankets are given to recovering pets to maintain their body temperature and provide them with additional comfort. Waking up after surgery can be stressful for pets, which is why we always have an assistant to watch over them and attend to their needs during this time.

Managing Your Pet’s Recovery

Once your pet is awake and able to stand and walk on their own, one of our team members will contact you for pick-up. When you arrive, we will discuss home care instructions and any concerns you have about your pet’s recovery at home. If your pet has sutures, they will need to return in 10-14 days so we can safely remove them. Your pet may need to wear an E-collar (or cone) during their recovery.

If you need to schedule a surgery for your pet or have questions about post-op care, call us at (859) 623-0008.

Pet Surgery in Richmond