Your Pet's Surgery

As a full service veterinary hospital, we perform surgical procedures on a variety of species, from elective surgeries such as spays and neuters, to more complex orthopedic and exploratory procedures. Our modern surgical facility, technologically advanced medical equipment and well trained staff greatly reduce the risk for complications and allow our experienced veterinarians to focus on safe and effective results.

Soft Tissue Surgeries We Offer Are:

  • Tumor removal
  • Foreign body removal
  • Laceration repair
  • Cystotomy (bladder stone removal)
  • Stenotic nares rhinoplasty
  • Exploratory surgery/biopsies

Orthopedic Surgeries We Offer Are:

  • Fracture repair
  • Traumatic luxation replacement/repair
  • Repair of anterior cruciate ligaments
  • Patella luxation repair
  • Femoral head ostectomy
  • Amputations (tail, toes, limbs)

Certain complex surgical cases are best handled by a veterinarian with specialized surgical training. In these instances, we may provide referrals to other specialty hospitals. We also work with Dr Kelly Might, DVM, DACVS who can perform certain procedures here at our facility, providing a familiar hospital setting for the pet and financial savings for our clients.

We understand that it can be stressful to have your family pet come in for surgery, so our goal is to address your questions and concerns prior to the procedure. With a focus on communication, patient safety, pain management, and use of the most current surgical practices, you can be assured that your pet is in good hands at Westgate Pet & Bird Hospital.

Pre-Surgery Exam

Before your pet undergoes any surgical procedure, a thorough examination takes place. We recommend a pre-surgical blood screen, which, along with your pet's anesthetic history, breed, preexisting conditions and age, will be used to determine a unique anesthesia protocol. These tests have the added benefit of establishing a baseline for the comparison of future blood tests.

Anesthesia Protocol

Your pet's unique anesthesia plan is customized based on his or her overall health, age, and the surgical procedure involved. While under anesthesia, your pet is continuously monitored by our dedicated technician and specialized monitoring technology. Your pet's blood pressure, heart rate, respiratory rate, body temperature, and oxygen level are all tracked during surgery.

Pain Management

The prevention and/or relief of patient suffering is a focal point here at Westgate Pet & Bird Hospital. Following the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) and the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) pain management guidelines, pain management is individualized for each patient.

When possible, pre-emptive pain control is employed by use of local anesthesia/nerve blocks and pre-operative medications. Our veterinarians may recommend a multimodal pain control approach, targeting different aspects of the pain pathway to ensure your pet’s comfort during and after surgery.

Post-Operative Care

The amount of time your pet will need to be monitored after surgery varies. In some cases, animals will need to be monitored overnight; in others, they can be sent home the same day. When your pet is discharged, your veterinarian will provide you with a customized postoperative care plan that will include information on proper home care after surgery. This plan may cover instructions on administering medications, monitoring the incision, bandage care, restricting activity and making recommended dietary modifications.

Contact us at (512) 892-4463(512) 892-4463 with any questions or concerns before or following surgery and we will be more than happy to help you.