Soft Tissue Animal Surgery
Your Pet's Surgery
We are proud to offer a wide range of surgical procedures for your pets including:
- Ovariohysterectomy (Spay)
- Castration (Neuter)
- Abdominal Surgery (for foreign body removal, tumor resections, GI Biopsies, and more.
Resection & Anastomosis (removal of a portion of intestines)
- Cystotomy (Bladder surgery to remove bladder stones)
- Episioplasty (Vulvoplasty)
- Enucleation (Removal of the eyeball)
- Gastric Surgery (GDV ‘bloat’, gastropexy, and tumor resections)
- Limb Amputation
- Lumpectomy (Mass removal)
- Skin Biopsies (excisional & incisional mass biopsies)
- …And More!
Though our doctors all are confident and capable surgeons to perform procedures at a General Practitioner level, Dr. Sabrina Russett is currently pursuing an advanced GP certificate in Small Animal Surgery and is excited to expand our surgical offerings! We are now also able to accommodate patients in need of:
- Total Ear Canal Ablation (TECA-BO, for chronic ‘end stage’ ear disease)
- Feline Perineal Urethrostomy (for the ‘blocked cat’)
- Canine Scrotal Urethrostomy
- Reconstructive techniques for Surgical Oncology
- Anal sacculectomy or lumpectomy (removal of the anal glands, for medical reasons)
We are more than happy to see your pet on a referral basis from your Primary Veterinarian if they aren’t able to perform the above procedures!
Your Pet's Surgery
Court Street Veterinary Hospital is now equipped with two surgical suites! We are proud to take surgical safety very seriously, including ensuring that all patients are monitored while under anesthesia by a Certified Veterinary Nurse. We take each individual into consideration to design the right anesthetic protocol for your pet. During your pet’s operation we monitor blood pressure, heart rate and rhythm (ECG), respiration, and oxygenation. All patients undergoing general anesthesia receive an intravenous catheter; this allows us to deliver fluid therapy to support blood pressure and intervene rapidly in the event of an anesthetic emergency.
Day of Surgery
The morning of surgery, please allow yourself 15 minutes to meet with a Veterinary Nurse when you drop-off your pet. During this time we’ll review surgical consent forms and answer any questions that you may have. Each patient is given a full exam by the doctor prior to surgery to ensure there are no obvious clinical abnormalities that might postpone the procedure. We strongly recommend pre-anesthetic blood work for all of our patients, but require it in senior pets. This blood work alerts the doctor to any liver, kidney, or blood disorders, and ensures that the safest anesthetic protocol for your individual pet is selected.
The patient is given a pre-medication to decrease anxiety and provide pain control. We place an intravenous catheter, and then your pet receives an IV anesthetic medication so that we are able to intubate them (place a breathing tube down the trachea). Surgery is performed under gas anesthetic (sevoflurane), which our patients rapidly metabolize, allowing them to recover from the procedure quickly!
Your pet is then prepped for surgery (the area shaved and scrubbed) and then moved to the surgery suite. Once in surgery they’re connected to an anesthesia monitor that measures heart rate, respiratory rate, ECG, and blood pressure; special considerations are also made to ensure temperature is stable.
Once the procedure is completed, the patient is taken into recovery. Each patient has a dedicated nurse that stays with them throughout recovery. Sometimes post-surgical patients receive an additional injectable pain medication to ensure they are resting comfortably and they are sent home with oral pain medications.
We understand that surgery is often a significant expense and appreciate that many of our families compare costs between hospitals. Please ensure that you’re asking detailed questions when obtaining quotes, your pet’s life depends on it!
Many low-cost clinics do not offer pain control, do not intubate your animal or use gas anesthetics, do not monitor vital parameters when under anesthesia, and do not place IV catheters. Ask all doctors about their protocols, ask about their ability to intervene in an anesthetic emergency, ask if they’re doing the absolute best they can for your animal – because we are.
Monday—Friday: 8:30 AM – 5:30 PM
686 Court Street Keene, NH 03431