At Packanack Animal Hospital, our veterinarians know that having a pet undergoing any type routine surgery stressful and scary. To help ease your mind, we'll hold a pre-surgical consultation with you to fully explain the procedure and answer any questions or concerns you have. Additionally, we'll provide you with detailed instructions for after you bring your pet home to ensure a rapid post-operative recovery.
Our doctors and staff will do everything they can to ensure your pet's procedure is thorough, performed with the utmost expertise, and is as stress-free as possible, whether for a routine surgery or an emergency procedure.
Packanack Animal Hospital's state-of-the-art surgical suite helps ensure soft tissue surgeries are as safe and efficient as possible. We recently renovated our hospital to accommodate advances in veterinary medicine and equipment, treatment options and fear-free handling. These advancements—combined with our expertise—greatly reduce the risk for complications and allow us to perform surgical procedures as quickly as possible using the best practice protocols.
We offer soft tissue surgeries ranging from routine spay and neuters, to the removal of cysts and lumps, urinary bladder surgery, exploratory abdominal surgery, foreign body removal, gastrointestinal surgeries, and eye trauma.
A veterinarian always performs a thorough examination before your pet undergoes any surgical procedure at Packanack Animal Hospital. This examination includes a pre-surgical blood screen that—along with your cat's anesthetic history, preexisting conditions and age—will be used to determine a customized anesthesia protocol. This information will be stored in our electronic medical records system to serve as a baseline for the comparison of future blood tests.
Anesthesia is required for most surgical procedures. While under anesthesia, your pet's blood pressure, heart rate, respiratory rate, body temperature, and oxygen level are continuously monitored by a dedicated anesthetist and our anesthetic monitors. A dedicated anesthetist is a veterinary technician whose sole responsibility is to monitor anesthesia. He or she continuously monitors the patient's vitals, and is not distracted by any other responsibilities. This is not the protocol in many veterinary clinics -- but properly managing anesthesia is critical to patient safety during surgery.
For many surgical procedures, we utilize heat support devices to maintain a constant body temperature during the procedure, such as a circulating water pad, warmed IV fluids, warm air blanket. Following surgery, patients recover under the close supervision of a surgical team member in a recovery cage.
We strictly follows state-of-the-art anesthesia protocols. By receiving regular training and utilizing the most modern anesthesia equipment, we ensure our practice is always meeting the most current protocols and recommendations for anesthesia and pain management. We use only isoflurane gas anesthesia, which is considered among the safest anesthetics available in veterinary medicine.
Pain can have negative effects on pets beyond physical discomfort -- it can slow healing and cause behavioral issues, just as with humans. Prior to any surgery, all our surgical patients are pre-medicated with a gentle combination of pain relievers and and sedatives. The exact protocol is tailored to each animal and depends on factors that are determined by the pre-surgery exam, your pet's health history, and the type of procedure. Once well in effect, IV fluids and anesthesia are administered.
When your pet is discharged, we will provide you with information on proper home care after surgery. Often, your pet will be prescribed medication; in this case, we will explain how and when to administer it. We will also be available to answer questions after you bring your pet home. Please contact us at (973) 305-3652 with any questions or concerns following surgery .