General Surgery

At Lakeside Animal Clinic, we have a state-of-the-art surgery suite that allows us to perform a wide range of surgeries, both elective and non-elective, on dogs and cats.
- We start with strict pre-anesthetic testing to ensure that we minimize the risk of putting your pet under general anesthesia.
- All general anesthesia patients have an IV put in prior to the procedure to allow venous access for anesthetic induction, fluid support, and emergency drugs if needed. 
- While under anesthesia, we use the safest anesthetic agents, and adhere to strict monitoring protocol to make the procedure as safe as possible. For every anesthetic procedure, an experienced veterinary technician is assigned the task of anesthesia nurse, and his or her sole responsibility is monitoring the patient before, during, and after surgery. Monitoring is accomplished using both sophisticated multi-parameter monitors that monitor EKG, pulse, respiration, blood pressure, temperature and pulse well as hands-on monitoring techniques.
- We also prepare and perform our surgeries using strict aseptic sterile technique to minimize the risk of post-op infection.
- Pain control is also very important to us, and we take every measure to ensure your pet is as pain-free and comfortable as possible after the procedure.

Some of the more common surgeries we perform at Lakeside Animal Clinic include:

- Elective surgeries, such as spaying, neutering, declawing, and tail docking. 

- Selected orthopedic surgeries, such as FHO, fracture repair, and amputation. Most orthopedic surgeries are referred to a specialist.

- C-sections, both emergency and planned.

- Urinary tract surgeries, such as kidney biopsy and bladder stone removal.

- Laceration repairs and trauma such as fight wounds or ruptured internal organs.

- Tumor removals from skin, muscle, fat or internal organs.

- Open abdominal surgeries, such as gastropexy, foreign body removal, intestinal biopsies, splenectomy, resection and anastomosis of small intestine, and bloat.

- Biopsies of skin and internal organs.

Most of our elective surgeries are performed on an outpatient basis. This means, in most cases, your pet will be able to go home on the day of surgery. Prior to any general anesthesia, pets should not be fed after midnight the night before. They can, however, have water up until the time you bring them in to drop off. 
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