Surgery

Whether your pet is in for a routine spay or neuter procedure or requires a more complicated surgical procedure, he or she will be treated with the utmost care at Family Veterinary Hospital. Our doctors have experience performing a wide range of surgical procedures, including:

•  Spay and neuter surgeries

•  Mass (tumor) removals

•  Laceration / bite-wound repairs

•  Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) repairs

•  Advanced soft-tissue surgeries

•  Orthopedic surgeries

Dr. Lawrence has extensive experience in routine and emergency situations. As an associate at Harrison Memorial Animal Hospital in Denver for four years, she routinely performed as many as 20 spays and neuters daily. Her tenure at this low-cost hospital gave her a unique opportunity most veterinarians never have: to perform many difficult and specialized orthopedic and soft-tissue procedures for pets whose families were often unable to afford a surgical specialist.

If your pet requires a procedure that Dr. Lawrence feels are best performed by a more accomplished surgeon, she will either refer you to a specialty hospital or request that a surgeon come to our hospital to perform the procedure. We have good relationships with some extremely gifted surgeons that can repair very complicated fractures, utilize different techniques to stabilize knees with anterior cruciate ligament tears, perform reconstructive surgeries, remove large internal tumors and many other types of complex procedures. Should your pet require 24-hour post operative care, Family Veterinary Hospital will refer you to a specialty hospital for the surgery. Your pet’s best interests are our foremost goal and we will do whatever we can to make sure that your pet receives the best care possible.

We know that surgery can be a stressful experience for you and your pet. The staff at Family Veterinary Hospital strive to keep your pet as relaxed as possible during all procedures. All patients requiring surgery will receive a pre-surgical physical exam and a pre-surgical blood screening, including a complete blood count (CBC) and chemistries. Pain management medication is provided to all patients before surgery, and pain is also managed during recovery so that your pet is as comfortable as can be. A nurse monitors your pet’s recovery closely until he or she is released to your care.

Anesthesia

When performing surgical procedures, Family Veterinary Hospital administers sevoflurane gas to maintain a safe level of anesthesia because we believe it is the safest type of anesthesia for our patients. It is used in humans for the same reason. It is odorless and non-irritating to the airways, decreasing stress to your pet. Sevoflurane gas also affords a much shorter recovery period than other forms of anethesia, allowing your pet to leave the hospital feeling more like him or herself.

In addition to sevoflurane gas, we also use a number of different injectable agents to help anethetize patients, which allow us to tailor anesthesia to each individual. These drugs, often used as a cocktail, provide a smooth and minimally stressful induction phase into a safe level of anesthesia. They also provide significant pain relief before any painful procedure begins. This makes it far easier to control pain after the anesthesia has worn off.

Advanced monitoring equipment is used on all pets receiving anesthesia. We take your pet’s safety very seriously, and therefore monitor the following in all patients:

•  Electrocardiogram (EKG)

•  Capnography (Blood CO2 Levels)

•  Pulse Oxymetry (Blood O2 Levels)

•  Blood Pressure

•  Tempurature

•  Vasectomy

 

Hospital Hours:

M, Tu, Th, F: 7am - 7pm

Wed: 9am - 5pm

Sat: 8am - 12pm

 

 

 

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Family Veterinary Hospital

3951 Evergreen Parkway Access Road. Evergreen, Colorado 80439