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Surgery at a Glance

Our team at Champlin Park Pet Hospital understands that surgery, no matter what the circumstance, can feel quite daunting. Whether it’s an emergency surgery for an animal or a routine procedure, it is still a stressful event.

Surgery is often a necessary action to ensure the well-being of your pet. Whether it’s a common pet surgery like a neuter/spay, or a complex operation, we will help guide you through any circumstance in which surgery is the best option. 

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What Should Pet Owners Do Before Surgery?

Our team at Champlin Park Pest Hospital is committed to keeping you informed every step of the way. First, we see you and your pet for an initial examination. This examination allows us to provide an accurate treatment plan for any procedure your pet may need, in which we can then explain the treatment plan to you. Additionally at this appointment we can perform any needed screening recommended prior to your pet going under anesthesia. Bloodwork or other tests are recommended to ensure your pet is healthy enough to go under anesthesia. If any underlying issues were to be discovered with this pre-surgical lab work, we can discuss further necessary diagnostics that should be run prior to anesthesia, such as radiographs, an ultrasound, further bloodwork.

We will also provide/or discuss pre-surgical instructions which are essential to follow for your pet’s safety for their anesthetic procedure. If pre-surgical instructions aren’t followed correctly it could result in surgical complications, or surgery needing to be rescheduled.

Common pre-operative instructions often include guidelines as follows:

  • No food or treats after 10pm the night prior to procedure.
  • No breakfast or treats the morning of the procedure.
  • You can leave water available for your pet to drink.
  • Drop-Off time is typically at 8am – but it is variable.
  • Let your dog go to the bathroom prior to dropping it off if possible.
  • We ask that you bring your dog in with a collar and leash.
  • We ask that you bring your cat in a carrier.

If your pet has a favorite blanket or toy, you can bring it with you to keep in their kennel while they are here.

If you know your pet is not a fan of being kenneled, please reach out to us prior to the date of their procedure. We can discuss with your pet’s veterinarian some options to help them be calmer and more comfortable when with us for a couple of hours during the day of their procedure.

Is Anesthesia Safe for Pets?

We know anesthesia is a scary word, and we want to make sure pets are provided with safe anesthesia while in our care. Every pet has a pre-surgical exam the morning of surgery where their veterinarian listens to their heart and lungs to ensure there are no changes from the last visit. We also have anesthetic protocols tailored to your pet’s age, weight, breed and underlying health issues. Every pet gets their own surgery sheet tailored to their specific needs, and they have a Certified Veterinary Technician monitoring and taking their vitals the entirety of the procedure and during their recovery.

Post-Surgery Procedures

Routine procedures such as spays, neuters, lump removals, etc. are considered the same day, meaning your pets will be here for most of the day, and then go home late afternoon. After the procedure, we call to let you know your pet is waking up from their procedure and let you know how they did. During this phone call, we will set up a pickup time for your pet. Typically, we tend to have most pets hang out with us for a bit after anesthesia just to ensure they are recovering appropriately. But don’t worry, we make sure they are warm and comfy in their kennel and get lots of cuddles if needed.

Our veterinarians will also prescribe medication to help with pain post-operatively. Other medications for preventing infections or to help keep your pet calm during recovery may also be prescribed, but these vary per doctor’s discretion and our patients’ individual needs. It is common to be instructed to check surgery site(s) for bleeding, inflammation, or discharge. If your pet’s surgery site requires bandaging, we discuss timelines for bandage changes, and to keep bandages clean and dry. When you come to pick up your cat or dog after a surgical procedure, we will go over post-operative instructions in detail with you at that time. We will answer any questions you may have at that time as well.

Contact us today if you are looking for a pet hospital in Champlin. We deliver a variety of procedures including spays, neuters, and other procedures. We are available for consultation and to answer any questions or concerns you may have. 

What is Elective Pet Surgery?

Elective surgery is a surgical procedure that is pre-scheduled and not considered a medical emergency. Although these procedures aren’t emergent, they are important for maintaining good health and improving your pet’s quality of life.  

Surgeries that are not considered a medical emergency but have the potential to or are more likely to become life-threatening with time, are sometimes referred to as semi-elective. These procedures are still scheduled operations but are done so with more urgency. When it comes to elective/semi- elective procedures, you as the pet owner maintain control over the surgical care process and have time to weigh out your options.

At Champlin Park Animal Hospital we provide a wide variety of elective surgical procedures. We take pride in ensuring quality care for your pet. Some common elective surgical services for pets include: 

  • Spay/Neuter
  • Hernia Repair (Umbilical / Inguinal)
  • Mass / Tumor removal
  • Cystotomy (Bladder Stone Removal)
  • Cherry Eye Repair
  • Dental Surgery
  • Aural Hematoma Repair (ear hematoma)
  • Amputation
  • TPLO (Tibial-Plateau-Leveling osteotomy)
  • Luxating Kneecap Correction
    • When it comes to Orthopedic surgeries, such as TPLO or Luxating patellas, we have a travelling surgeon who comes to the clinic to perform these. They are a wonderful team of Independent Board-Certified Surgeons in MN who are experts at these more in-depth/extensive procedures.

** We do not perform declaws on cats due to the long-term side effects and complications that can result due to declawing procedures. Please contact us if you would like to discuss alternative options to declawing. **

Your pet’s veterinarian and care team here at Champlin Park Pet Hospital will guide you through every step of their animal elective procedure. From pre-op instructions to post-operative guidelines, we’ll ensure your pet gets the appropriate care. Our goal is to ensure your concerns will be put to ease.

Is Elective Surgery for Pets Safe?

It should be noted that although elective procedures are common, like any surgical procedure, they don’t come without risks. We’ll consult with you to discuss the benefits and any potential threats. Our team in Champlin is one of the best animal hospitals around.

We are equipped with the right technology to support various types of elective procedures for your pet. Whether it is a quick sedated procedure, or your pet is fully under anesthesia, we do pre-anesthetic lab work to ensure your pet is in good health prior to proceeding with the operation. Every animal surgery here at Champlin Park Pet Hospital is treated with the utmost care. 

Emergency Surgery

There are certain cases when a procedure for your pet can be considered life-threatening, and these are considered “emergency surgeries”. Depending on the current state of your pet we tend to recommend having your pet be seen by a specialty facility or one where they have more specialized staff. This ensures that your pet has the best chance. We also understand that sometimes there isn’t time to get your pet elsewhere. Depending on the circumstances we can perform some procedures but ultimately, we may still recommend referral for inpatient care at a 24-hour facility, to ensure your pet has round-the-clock care.

Spaying and Neutering for Cats and Dogs

Our animal hospital in Champlin offers spaying and neutering for pets. Your choice to spay or neuter your pet is about managing their potential to make some kittens or puppies, but also can have impacts on behavior and health which may be desirable or undesirable for you. It’s a complex decision that our expert veterinarians can walk you through. If you’re searching for pet neutering near you, learn more about it below.

What is Spaying a Pet?

Spaying is for female pets. It is a surgery where we remove the ovaries and the uterus of your pet, so that she cannot get pregnant or menstruate. Spaying your pet also ensures that there will be no unwanted litter, which helps control the pet population.

What is Neutering a Pet?

Neutering in dogs and other pets is a surgery for males where we remove the testes, which are also called testicles. They can therefore not produce sperm and will not be capable of getting a female pregnant.

Here are some other great facts about why choosing to neuter or spay your pet will be one of the most important decisions you make that impacts your pet’s long-term health.

  • The average lifespan of spayed/neutered cats and dogs is longer than those not. A University of Georgia Study, found that the life expectancy of neutered male dogs was 13.8% longer and that of a spayed female dog was 26.3% longer. The average age of death of intact dogs was 7.9yrs versus a significantly older 9.4years for altered dogs.
  • A study by Banfield Pet Hospitals, reflected a similar finding, concluding that neutered male dogs lived 18% longer and spayed female dogs lived 23% longer. Spayed female cats lived 39% longer and neutered male cats lived 62% longer.
  • Intact female cats and dogs have an increased chance of developing pyometra (potential fatal uterine infection), along with uterine, mammary gland and other cancers of the reproductive system.
  • Neutering male pets eliminates their risk of testicular cancer and reduces the possibility of developing prostatic hyperplasia (benign) which can affect the ability to defecate.
  • Intact males and even some females are more prone to urine-marking, and the longer they practice that behavior the harder it can be for them to stop the behavior even once altered.
  • Certain types of aggressive behavior can be decreased, due to the number of hormones being reduced.
  • Wanting to roam urges decrease, especially when females are in heat.
  • In-heat behaviors cease, such as yowling/vocalizing, rolling and demanding behaviors.
    • It is important to note that spay/neuter may be helpful in resolving some behavior problems, however it is not a cure-all to all behavior challenges you face with your pet, multiple solutions may be required. Additionally, spaying/neutered may help curb certain undesirable behaviors, but it will not change their fundamental personalities.

Champlin Park Pet Hospital offers safe and humane spay/neuters for your pets.

Is Spaying/Neutering Your Pet Safe?

There is always a risk with surgeries. However, spaying and neutering are relatively safe and usually do not cause complications. We certainly appreciate the fact that no matter how routine a procedure is considered, as pet owners, it is quite stressful to know your pet will be going through surgery. We will answer all questions you have leading up to surgery to ensure we can make the surgery as low stress as possible. 

You Can Trust Our Spay and Neuter Hospital Services

Champlin Park Pet Hospital offers spaying and neutering services for your pet that will put your mind at ease because you’ll know that your pet is in the hands of a hospital that cares. Reach out to us today to discuss your pets’ options.