Small Animal Surgery
Old Dominion Animal Hospital features a full-service veterinary surgical suite which looks and runs like a human hospital surgical facility. Our Charlottesville veterinarians are available to neuter your pets and are also able to perform Caesarean Sections, Fracture Repairs, Exploratories, Tumor Removals, and other surgical procedures as necessary.
Neutering your pet is an important part of pet ownership. Spaying and neutering will prevent unwanted litters of puppies and kittens. It may help curb unwanted animal behavioral problems. Lastly, neutering is important for your pet's health. Neutering and spaying your pets may help to prevent reproductive diseases such as cancer and other disorders.
Elective surgeries such as spays or neuters may be scheduled by our receptionists at our Charlottesville pet hospital. Other surgical procedures may need to be scheduled in consultation with one of our Charlottesville veterinarians.
Most pets will be admitted to Old Dominion Animal Hospital the morning of their surgery. It is important not to feed or water your pet after 9 P.M. the night before surgery, unless you are directed otherwise. Some pets are required to stay overnight after surgery. Please arrange a discharge time when you drop off your pet at our Charlottesville pet clinic, so that your veterinarian will be available to discuss your pet's post-operative care with you. This discussion may include a conversation about pain management after surgery. Advances in pain medications for pets have made more options available, so there is no reason for your pet to suffer after their procedure.
Veterinary Laser Surgery
The staff at Old Dominion Animal Hospital will be happy to discuss laser surgery options with you. We are pleased to be among the first Charlottesville veterinary practices to offer laser surgery - you can count on our experience because we have used veterinary surgical lasers for a very long time. The laser can replace the scalpel and provides an alternative to traditional veterinary surgery. Laser energy does not crush, tear, or bruise because only a beam of intense CO2 contacts the tissue. Your pet will experience less bleeding, less swelling, and less pain post-operatively. The laser is very precise and reduces the risk of infection, aiding your pet's recovery.
Old Dominion Animal Hospital's veterinarians use the safest anesthesia available, such as Sevoflurane, in our Charlottesville vet clinic. Your pet will receive a thorough physical examination before we administer any veterinary anesthetic, so that way we can be sure there are not any obvious problems before surgery such as a fever, anemia, heart disease, or dehydration. We can adjust the anesthetic, give IV fluids, or even postpone surgery if your pet is having problems.
Our in-house veterinary laboratory is equipped to quickly process pre-surgical blood profiles right at our Charlottesville animal hospital. All pets should have this blood test before surgery, because it gives our veterinarians a look at the health of your pet's liver and kidneys. It is these organs that handle the anesthesia.
All surgical patients at Old Dominion Animal Hospital are tracked with a Doppler heart monitor and a pulse oximeter. Our veterinarians keep an eye on your pet's heart rate, respiration, body temperature, and blood oxygen levels during surgery. After surgery your pets are kept under heating lamps to keep them warm, and our veterinary surgical assistants stay with your pet until breathing tubes are removed and your pet has fully recovered.