San Diego Pet Hospital maintains a fully-equipped surgical suite with state-of-the-art anesthetic monitoring equipment to ensure optimal anesthetic safety for your pet. Our digital radiology system allows us to take high-quality x-rays quickly and efficiently, with minimal stress to the patient, and expedites electronic delivery to our specialists at the click of a button.
Surgeries routinely performed include:
- Spay & Neuter
- Oral Surgery
- Soft Tissue Surgery
- Mass Removal
- Emergency Surgery
- Abominal Exploratory
- Limb/Tail Amputation
- Hernia Repair
- Urogenital Surgery
- Ear Surgery
- Perineal Urethrostomy
- Orthopedic Surgery (e.g., fracture repair, TPLO, TTA, FHO, luxating patella stabilization)
To stay current on the latest advances in medical technology and protocols, our doctors and staff regularly attend continuing education courses and lectures. With that said, when it is in your pet’s best interest to see a dedicated specialist, we have long-standing relationships with local experts in internal medicine, dermatology, surgery, ophthalmology, neurology, oncology, dentistry and cardiology.
What to Expect the Day Before, During & After Surgery
Please fast your pet for 12 hours prior to any surgical or anesthetic procedure – water is okay but no food after 8pm the night before surgery. If pre-anesthetic blood work is needed, we encourage that it be collected at least one day in prior to surgery so that it can be sent to our outside lab in order to obtain the most comprehensive panel possible, while also saving you money.
Drop-off time for surgical and anesthetic procedures is between 8am and 9am. Please plan on spending 10–15 minutes with a surgery technician to go over the estimate, review the surgical plan and options, and to sign required consent forms.
Once in surgery, every patient is assigned a surgical assistant who will stay with your pet from the beginning of the procedure until your pet is fully awake. Once your pet is in the recovery ward, we will call you to schedule a pick-up time. Please allow at least 15 minutes when you arrive to go over important discharge information, aftercare instructions, medications to go home, and to answer any questions that you may have.
Our Anesthesia Protocol
Most surgical procedures will require that your pet be placed under general anesthesia, and we understand that some owners have questions or concerns about this. At San Diego Pet Hospital, we take anesthesia safety very seriously. Our top priority is to maintain your pet’s health and comfort throughout the entire anesthetic procedure and to have a successful, uneventful recovery. Therefore we have designed an anesthetic protocol that is among the very safest in the profession. CLICK HERE to read about our protocol.
Questions or Concerns During your Pet’s Surgery?
If you have any questions or just want to check on your pet while in our care, please feel free to call us for an update.