Using Pet Surgery to
Improve Quality of Life
At Dyer Animal Clinic, we take all the precautions we can to minimize any risks associated with your pet's surgery. Veterinary medicine has advanced significantly in the past couple of decades to make surgical procedures safer than ever before. While we will always consider all options before suggesting pet surgery, sometimes a procedure is the one solution that can truly turn your pet’s life around for the better.
How Surgery Can Benefit Your Pet
Surgery is a solution for both corrective and preventive measures. It can repair injuries and prevent future diseases and conditions! Different breeds are often predisposed to certain conditions, and a timely surgery can help avoid those from ever developing. For instance, larger breed dogs can develop a life-threatening condition, gastric dilation and volvulus (GDV), in which the stomach becomes bloated and twists, causing pressure on vital organs and even disrupting blood flow to the heart. Yet, with a gastropexy surgery (often performed at the same time as a spay and neuter), internal staples help to secure the stomach in its natural position so this deadly condition is prevented.
Surgeries We Perform
Our clinic handles a range of soft tissue pet surgeries including the following:
- Tumor removal
- Spay and neuter
- Cystotomy (bladder surgery)
- Foreign body removal
- Basic ophthalmology surgeries (eye surgery)
- …and more!
Laser Surgery Means Less Pain for Your Pet
Dyer Animal Clinic is proud to be able to offer our patients laser surgery for many of our soft tissue procedures. Laser surgery has been widely accepted as a higher standard of care in human medicine for over thirty years. It presents a host of benefits over traditional surgery, and in many procedures, we can replace the scalpel entirely.
Benefits of laser surgery include:
- Less pain. The laser beam seals nerve endings as it "cuts," which means less pain for your pet.
- Less bleeding. In addition to sealing nerve endings, the laser also seals capillaries and small blood vessels, reducing blood loss. Since there is less bleeding, surgery is often completed more quickly, reducing the amount of time your pet is under anesthesia.
- Reduced swelling and risk of infection. With its powerful beam, the CO2 laser energy kills bacteria all around the incision, sterilizing the wound against infection. Additionally, since there is no physical contact between the laser and the surgical region, the crushing, tearing, and bruising of tissue associated with traditional surgery are all eliminated.
- Faster healing. Healing from laser surgery is rapid, and there is far less post-operative discomfort.
All of these benefits lead to a quick recovery and return to normal activities for your pet.
Safety Measures for Every Procedure
Your pet’s safety and comfort are our primary concerns throughout any pet surgery. We take every precaution we can to optimize their experience and minimize risk. Steps we take include:
- Required pre-anesthetic blood work and exam. Before every surgery, we’ll perform some blood tests and a physical to ensure your pet is healthy enough to undergo the procedure.
- Appropriate anesthesia. We tailor each anesthetic protocol exactly to your pet’s needs so they are safely sedated.
- Extensive monitoring. Each patient receives an IV catheter that provides fluid therapy and allows us to quickly administer medications should the need arise. Additionally, our monitoring equipment covers their heart rate, heart rhythm, blood-oxygen levels, pulse oximetry, respiration rate, and more!
- Pain management. We aim to lessen your pet's pain as much as possible. We provide medication before, during, and after surgery, so your pet wakes up feeling minimal discomfort, and we’ll send you home with pain medication to help them recover.
Our Commitment to You and Your Pet
Our priority is always to give your pet the best life with you. And sometimes that means undergoing surgery. We’re determined to offer the safest, most effective surgery in Northwest Indiana. Contact us today to learn more about what we can do for your pet!