Surgical Care

Surgical CareThe entire staff at Austin Veterinary Center understands that the decision to allow your beloved companion to undergo surgery is never an easy one. That's why we strive to ensure your pet's procedure is as comfortable and stress-free as possible.

Perhaps the most important pre-surgical step is to discuss why we believe a particular procedure is necessary and what it entails. Dr. Harris provides you with information on proper postoperative care and answer any questions you may have so that you feel comfortable knowing you are making the right choice for your pet. We do a complete protective blood profile prior to surgery to help ensure the health and safety of your pet.

We regularly perform many types of elective surgeries, including but not limited to soft tissue surgeries, spays and neuters, abdominal surgeries, kitten declaws, ovarian surgeries, gastrointestinal foreign body removals, cystotomies and more.

Anesthesia

Anesthesia procedures are the most delicate and important part of human and veterinary medicine and require dedicated vigilance and attention to detail in every aspect. We believe strongly in the "Standard of Care" in anesthesia protocol:

  • Pre-Op Physical Exam and review of the exact procedure and location to be performed.
  • Pre-Op Complete blood analysis to insure normal values for the red and white blood cells and the serum enzymes that reflect the health of your pet's blood glucose, liver, kidneys, blood clot-ability, and electrolytes. We will not proceed with anesthesia if these values are not in the normal range and will notify you immediately.
  • Pre-Op sedation and starting pain management before the pain cycle starts.
  • Intra-operative intravenous fluids to maintain blood pressure to insure that all the major organs have sufficient blood flow.
  • Whole body digital monitoring of oxygenation, CO2 removal, heart rate, blood pressure, temperature, and breathing rate.
  • The clinical supervision by trained staff to anticipate and address any trends that vary from the normal, and
  • Post-Op observation and attention to pain and pain management as shown by the clinical signs of your pet.

Pain Management

Pain management is a major focus of the Austin Veterinary Center.

We all know that pain hurts, but pain also has many other detrimental effects on your pet’s body. Pain slows healing, decreases activity and causes behavioral changes (such as aggression, anxiety, and depression). Pain worsens diseases like arthritis and potentially some cancers. It interferes with the bond between you and your pet.

For acute and chronic conditions, we use all our available and safe resources, including NSAIDS (non-steroidal medications), oral and injectable analgesics, for the complete comfort of your pet.