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Surgery

When your pet needs surgery, the veterinarians at Auburn Animal Clinic are experienced to offer a wide-range of surgical procedures, from spays, neuters and C-sections, to more complicated emergency, orthopedic and soft-tissue surgeries.

We will discuss the recommended surgical procedure with you prior to surgery. We will explain why we believe a particular procedure is necessary, what the surgery entails, and expected recovery times. We will provide information on proper postoperative care and answer any questions you may have so that you feel comfortable that you are making the right choice for your pet. Itemized estimates of the cost for the procedure will be prepared and discussed prior to the operation.

Every pet is carefully screened prior to surgery and monitored during surgery to ensure your pet has a safe and successful surgery. Anesthetic drugs are selected based on your pet’s age, breed and health status. We recommend that every patient have pre-anesthetic blood tests to evaluate internal organ function and ensure that the pet is a good candidate for anesthesia.

We are able to perform high-quality general and complex surgical care at Auburn Animal Clinic, including:

General Soft Tissue Surgery

  • Growth/Mass removal
  • Emergency Surgery (laceration repair, wound repair, foreign object removal)
  • Feline declawing
  • Spay/Neuter

Abdominal Surgery

  • Diaphragmatic Hernias

Thoracic Surgery

  • Emergency surgery
  • Open chest wounds

Orthopedic Surgery

  • ACL Repair
  • TPLO (tibia plateau leveling osteomy)
  • Meniscal Tear
  • Medial Patellar Luxation (very common in small breeds)
  • Hip surgery (hip dysplasia)
  • Double head Osteotomy
  • Hip displacement reduction
  • OCD repair of the shoulder, knee
  • Amputations

Oral/periodontal surgery

Spay/Neuter Surgery
Due to the high pet population and health risks we recommend non-breeding female dogs and cats be spayed by 6 months of age and male dogs and cats neutered by 6- 9 months of age.

Pain Management
We believe in maximizing the comfort of your pet before, during and after his/her procedure. Proper pain management also improves your pet’s recovery and speeds the healing process. We administer pain medication before beginning the procedure, during the procedure and post-operatively as required by your pet. We use a multi-modal approach to pain management. A multi-modal approach refers to the layered administration of small amounts of different drugs to minimize any pain that your pet might feel.

Postoperative Care
Your pet will be closely monitored in our recovery area until they are stable enough to send home. We will stay in contact with you throughout your pet’s hospital stay, and we will provide you with detailed information on how to properly care for your pet at home after surgery. We are happy to answer any questions or concerns that may arise once you get your pet home. You may also find the post-surgical information in our FAQS page helpful.