When any pet needs surgery in Leesburg, we realize it can be a scary thing for an owner. However, at Leesburg Veterinary Hospital, we minimize surgical and anesthetic risks as much as possible. Additionally, we consider all of your pet’s options before committing to pet surgery. As the owner, you are always a part of the conversation and have an important role to play in deciding when surgery is the right option for your pet.
Surgery can offer life-changing benefits to your pet, especially if it involves treating a chronic issue that has reduced your pet's quality of life. While surgery is a big step, the long-term positive effects it can provide are hard to deny.
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Anesthetic Safety and Monitoring
Your pet’s safety is our top concern at all times. To ensure they are healthy and stable enough to handle anesthesia, we require a pre-anesthetic exam and bloodwork. After they are cleared, we provide warm fluids through an IV catheter to help keep your pet hydrated and support blood pressure and kidney health. As for the anesthesia, we select the appropriate protocol tailored to your pet.
Our surgical technicians then set up monitoring equipment to keep an eye on your pet’s vitals including:
- Blood pressure
- Respiratory rates
- CO2 and oxygen levels
- Heart rate and rhythm
- Body temperature
- Pulse oximetry
Trained technicians are with your pet from the beginning to the end of their post-op recovery.
Our Surgical Repertoire
At Leesburg Veterinary Hospital, we perform a range of soft tissue surgeries and rely on a board-certified surgeon for our orthopedic procedures.
Our soft tissue surgeries include:
- Tumor removals
- Foreign body removal
- Exploratory surgery
- Perineal urethrostomy (PU) surgery (for urinary blockage)
- Cancer staging surgery
Our orthopedic procedures include:
- CCL repair (extracapsular, tibial tuberosity advancement, and tightrope technique)
- Fracture repairs, with or without plating
- Femoral head ostectomy surgery (FHO) to alleviate pain in the hip joint
Discharge & Recovery
Throughout pet surgery, our staff will be in contact with you to keep you updated on your pet’s progress. Once they are ready to go home, we’ll meet with you to discuss at home care instructions. It is important to give your pet a quiet place to rest and keep them from any excessive physical activity. It is crucial to watch the incision to ensure there is no swelling, bleeding, or discharge. We will provide you with more specific instructions tailored to your pet and their condition at their release. Pain medication is also sent home to help keep your pet comfortable.