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Your Pet's Surgery

We use the safest anesthesia available Advancements in veterinary care mean that your pet's surgical procedures are far safer than ever before and, in most cases, recovery times are significantly reduced. Lakeside Animal Hospital carries a complete surgery suite and is dedicated to providing your pet with the highest quality of care with the most compassionate approach. This includes the most up-to-date pain management protocols, advanced monitoring equipment and the safest anesthesia available, all under the supervision of our veterinarians and highly trained technical staff.

Anesthesia and Monitoring

Anesthesia and cardiovascular monitoring are important, integral aspects of every surgery we perform. For this reason, your pet has access to the best and most advanced anesthetic administration and cardiovascular monitoring equipment and protocols that are available.

Anesthesia is individualized for your pet based on a number of factors, which includes the type of procedure, his or her preexisting conditions, blood test values, age, breed, and prior anesthetic experience. We utilize a variety of anesthetic agents including Propafol, Telazol, and Dexdomitor injectables plus Sevoflurane and Isoflurane gases.

During anesthesia and surgery, your pet is constantly monitored by a trained veterinary technician, using our advanced monitoring system. This system continuously monitors your pet's arterial oxygen level, blood pressure, heart rate, respiratory rate, and core body temperature.

Surgery

photo We understand that surgery is not an easy experience for you and your pet. At Lakeside Animal Hospital we strive to ensure your pet's surgical procedure is as comfortable and stress-free as possible. To that end, we also endeavor to provide our clients with a clear understanding of why a particular procedure is necessary, what the procedure entails, proper post-operative care, and convey any other information you may need to feel comfortable that you are making the right choice for your pet.

Staffed by a team of highly trained veterinarians and experienced veterinary technicians, we are proud of the quality of surgical care we provide and the wide range of surgical procedures we offer. Beyond spays and neuters, Lakeside Veterinary Hospital performs an array of orthopedic and soft tissue surgeries.

Orthopedic surgeries are of particular importance as these conditions tend to be extremely common in our pets. Lakeside Animal Hospital is qualified to perform fracture repairs utilizing internal fixation (pins, wires, plates and screws) and external fixation, toggle-pin hip reduction, anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) repair, luxating patella repair, osteochondritis (OCD) of the shoulder and elbow surgery, and femoral head ostectomy (FHO) surgery, to name a few.

Our breadth of surgical expertise also means that we commonly accept referrals for surgery and complicated internal medicine cases from general practitioners in the area. In certain cases, we will refer specialty surgeries to Veterinary Surgical Specialists in Mount Pleasant or South Carolina Veterinary Referral Center in Columbia. In both instances, we have strong partnerships with these facilities.

Lakeside Animal Hospital can also bring board certified specialist Chris Hill, DVM, in for consultations and to perform surgeries within our facility upon request.

Pain management is also an important component to any surgery. Lakeside Animal Hospital believes that recognizing and alleviating pain in your pet is the essence of good veterinary care. The less pain your pet experiences, the faster his or her recovery time. Therefore, pain management is an important aspect of our intra- and post-surgical protocols. At discharge, we may also send additional pain management medication home with you and your pet after providing a thorough explanation of its proper use and dosage.

Patients that require post-operative hospital care are hospitalized overnight, which can be continued through weekends and holidays when necessary. Critical care patients that require constant observation are transferred to Veterinary Emergency Care for overnight care.

If you have any further questions about Lakeside Animal Hospital's surgical services, please feel free to contact our team. We also recommend reviewing the American College of Veterinary Surgeons website(ACVS.org) for general information about many surgical diseases and their treatment.