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Surgery FAQ

Ingersoll Animal Hospital is a full-service hospital that performs routine soft-tissue surgeries and minor orthopedic procedures in a caring environment. Here are answers to some commonly asked questions.

What type of surgical procedures do you perform?

We regularly perform spay, neuter, declaw, abdominal, and dental surgery. We also perform procedures to remove tumors and repair minor fractures. Our on-site dedicated surgical suite and experienced surgeons meet the highest standards in surgical care, with a focus on the unique needs of your pet.

What is your hospital’s history with surgery?

We understand that when your pet needs surgery, you as an owner will have concerns and some anxiety. At Ingersoll Animal Hospital, we understand your concerns and offer our compassion, skill, and expertise to bring your pet back to optimal health when surgery is necessary. Our veterinarians have more than 30 years of experience and are skilled in a wide variety of veterinary surgeries.

What happens prior to my pet’s surgery?

What can I expect once my pet is admitted for surgery?

Once your pet is in the hospital, it will be checked in by one of our skilled team members.  Each patient has a complete pre-surgical exam performed by our veterinarians.  Pre-anesthetic lab tests are designed to detect conditions that might pose a risk for anesthesia.  These tests are tailored to your pet’s age and health history. These precautions allow us to select drugs tailored to your pet’s specific needs.

We will give your pet a pre-anesthetic or sedative to help decrease anxiety and to decrease the amount of anesthetic needed to achieve anesthesia. This increases the safety of the procedure.

What happens during surgery?

Every surgical patient receives an intravenous catheter and fluids throughout the procedure, which allows us to maintain blood pressure and immediately administer pain medication or other necessary drugs.

A dedicated technician monitors each patient during surgery and records blood pressure, temperature, oxygenation, respiration rate, carbon dioxide level, heart rate and rhythm and adjusts anesthesia as necessary.  We take anesthetic very seriously—your pet is never alone.  We continue to monitor each patient closely during the recovery period after surgery.

Can I see the facility where surgery is performed?

How do you care for my pet after surgery?

What happens once my pet returns home?