Your Pet’s Surgery
Thinking about surgery for your pet can be stressful. Whether performing a routine surgery or an emergency procedure, you can have confidence that our doctors and nurse technicians at Arden Shoreview Animal Hospital will work hard to ensure each procedure is thorough, done with the utmost expertise and compassionate care, and is as stress-free as possible for both you and your pet.
At Arden Shoreview Animal Hospital, we fully understand the decision to allow your pet to undergo surgery is never an easy one. To that end, we are happy to answer any questions regarding your pet's specific surgery. In fact, a pre-surgical consultation is an essential part of the process. Our medical staff will also provide you with information on postoperative care to ensure a rapid return to your pet's happy, healthy self and they will be there every step of the way to answer any concerns or questions you may have.
Perhaps the most important pre-surgical step we take at Arden Shoreview Animal Hospital is to discuss with you why we believe a surgical procedure is necessary and what it entails. We also provide information on preoperative and postoperative care and answer any questions you may have so that you feel comfortable knowing you are making the right choice for your pet.
We believe it is in the best interests of our clients' pets for us to offer a wide array of surgical services within our facility. It's important for you and your pet to receive care in a friendly and welcoming practice from people you both have come to know in order to reduce stress and promote healing.
We highly recommend that every pet be neutered or spayed, not only to prevent overpopulation, but to keep your pet healthy. When animals remain intact, it can cause a lot of medical complications that could be life-threatening. Read below to learn what diseases each surgery prevents and what is involved for your pet.
Neutering is performed on male animals and involves removing the testicles. Neutering is recommended to be performed anywhere from 6 months old to 1 year old, depending on the breed of your pet. Neutering can help prevent a lot of problems that we tend to see in intact males. Some of these issues include roaming, humping, marking/spraying, testicular cancer, and prostate cancer.
Neutering is a fairly safe procedure and can even be considered a "minor surgery," as it does not involve truly going inside the body cavity. It only requires a small incision that can be closed with glue or dissolvable suture, depending on the size of the pet. Neutering is a one-day procedure and requires decreased activity for ~2 weeks to allow the incision to heal.
A spay is performed on female animals and involves removing the ovaries and uterus. A spay in animals is not the same as with humans, because in animals, all of the reproductive organs are removed. Spaying a pet is recommended to be performed anywhere from 6 months old to 1 year old, depending on the breed of your pet. Spaying can help prevent a lot of problems that we see in intact females. Some of these issues include roaming, humping, going into heat, pyometra (infection in the uterus), mammary cancer, cervical cancer, and ovarian cancer.
A spay is a fairly safe procedure, although it is considered a major surgery because it involves going inside the body cavity. A spay is a 1 day procedure, with most pets going home the same day. After the spay, your pet should have decreased activity for at least 2 weeks to allow the incision to heal.
All of our surgeries include:
Before your pet undergoes any surgical procedure, a full physical examination takes place. This exam includes a pre-surgical blood screen, which, along with your pet's anesthetic history, breed, preexisting conditions and age, will determine a unique anesthesia protocol. These tests have the added benefit of establishing a baseline for the comparison of future blood tests, should your pet require any.
Our anesthesia protocol is decided based on your pet's individual needs. Prior to surgery, your pet is examined and a pre-surgical blood screen is performed. The results of these tests and your pet's past anesthetic history, breed, preexisting conditions, and age are used to create an individualized anesthesia protocol. While under anesthesia, your pet is continuously monitored by both our staff and specialized anesthesia monitoring technology. Your pet's blood pressure, heart rate and rhythm, respiratory rate, body temperature, and oxygen levels are all tracked during surgery.
Ensuring the health and safety of your pet during surgery is of the utmost importance to us and we employ anesthetic and monitoring protocols that adhere to the highest principles and ideals of veterinary medicine according to the American Animal Hospital Association.
Just as with humans, pain has many negative effects on pets that go beyond physical discomfort. We all know that pain hurts, but pain also has many other detrimental effects on the body. Pain slows healing, decreases activity, and causes behavior changes (such as aggression, anxiety, and depression). Pain worsens diseases like arthritis and potentially some cancers. And, because our companion friends don't understand why they are experiencing pain, pain can cause behavioral issues and interfere with the human animal bond.
To minimize your pet's discomfort, we typically use a combination of local anesthetics, NSAIDs, and narcotic pain relievers. The exact protocol is tailored to each animal, and depends on several factors that are determined by the pre-surgical exam and the procedure. Often, your pet will be prescribed medication to take home. We will work with you on how best to give this medication and what post-operative care will need to be given to your pet.
“The Best Animal Care by People Who Care” team at Arden Shoreview Animal hospital is committed to providing personal and loving care to your pet after surgery such as heated thermo pillows, blankets, towels, and monitoring which can mean holding your pet during the post-surgical phase or laying by them until they are fully awake and comfortable.
Your pet may need a collar after surgery, especially after an ovarian hysterectomy (spay) or a orchiectomy (neuter) so they will not chew on their sutures while their incisions are healing. We want you to rest assured our post-surgical collars (or cones) will be very safe for your pet after surgery and are not uncomfortable for them, but if you have any concerns please call us.
It can be stressful for your pets and you after surgery. We are available and happy to answer any questions or concerns you have after your pet arrives home. You can contact us at (651) 636-2883 during our regular hours and if you have urgent questions after hours we suggest you contact the Urgent Care Service Department at the University of Minnesota at (612) 625-1919 or Blue Pearl at (763) 754-5000.
Arden Shoreview Animal Hospital
1261 West County Rd E
Arden Hills, MN 55112
Phone Number: 651-636-2883
Fax Number: 651-628-9133