Surgery for Cats & Dogs
We are happy to provide a range of surgical procedures for dogs and cats in the Santa Barbara area using advanced and stringent surgical safety protocols.
In the course of each surgery, a dedicated veterinary professional will administer anesthesia and constantly monitor your pet using our patient monitoring equipment. We will also provide your pet with pain management.
Post-operative monitoring and pain management are our priorities following surgery. Your vet will also provide thorough instructions for at-home care.
What to Expect from Surgery
We will always keep you fully informed about why we are recommending a given surgical procedure and what preparation or post-operative care you will need to provide your pet with once they return home. We always practice stringent surgical safety procedures when treating your pet.
At San Roque Pet Hospital, we perform medical and emergency surgeries to help treat disease and conditions in pets or to repair injuries sustained through trauma.
Our Santa Barbara vets routinely perform the following elective and non-elective surgeries:
- Soft Tissue Surgery
For pets suffering from nose, ear and throat disorders or other health conditions, we offer soft tissue surgeries.
These procedures are also available for hepatic, urogenital, oncological, cardiothoracic, gastrointestinal, and skin disorders.
- Spaying & Neutering
When spaying or neutering your dog or cat, we surgically sterilize them in order to prevent disease, provide them with an extended life expectancy and reduce unwanted behaviors.
- Mass Removal
Cats and dogs can develop masses associated with the skin. Masses can also grow inside a body cavity and can be serious or life-threatening.
Mass removal surgery is a fairly common procedure for both cats and dogs.
- Foreign Body
Sometimes, foreign objects are ingested or can get stuck inside a cat's or dog's body.
Whether your pet has eaten an object they shouldn't have or an accident has left them injured, we can perform foreign body surgery to remove it.
In some cases, specialized skills or equipment are needed to perform pet surgery. If that is the case for your animal, your vet will refer you to a cat or dog surgeon near Santa Barbara and work closely with your veterinary surgeon to ensure that your dog or cat receives the very best care.
Wounds occur when your pet's living tissue has been cut, broken, torn or otherwise damaged.
It's critical that any wounds be disinfected, cleaned and cared for any a qualified vet as soon as possible.
- Dental Surgery
Our veterinarians provide dental surgeries for dogs and cats. These surgeries can range from tooth extractions to gum disease treatment.
The Surgery Process
We know that the prospect of bringing your pet in for surgery can be a frightening one. Rest assured, however, that we only recommend surgery when it is in your pet's best interests.
We will make sure that you fully understand why we recommend surgery for your pet and that you are as comfortable as possible making the decision to move ahead with the procedure.
If your pet requires advanced care, our vets will refer you to a veterinary surgeon near Santa Barbara, and work closely with your vet surgeon to ensure that your pet receives the best possible care.
Surgical protocols at our clinic include:
Pre-surgical assessments. We will confirm the specifics of the procedure, complete a physical examination of the patient, and make sure blood tests have been completed and reviewed by the vet in order to determine if your pet faces any risk of anesthesia-related complications.
Dedicated surgical suites. We perform surgical procedures in our surgical suite. This room remains completely sterile in order to prevent your pet from infection or cross-contamination.
Surgical attire. Our staff wear disposable caps and masks at all times when they are in the surgical suite. Those involved in the procedure itself will also wear sterile gowns and single-use gloves.
Sterile packs and equipment. We carefully clean, sterilize and wrap our surgical instruments and equipment prior to every surgery.