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Surgery

Surgery at South Loop Animal Hospital

Our experienced veterinarians, assisted by certified veterinary technicians, are here for you and your pet, whether your pet’s surgical procedure is planned or an emergency. We understand how worrisome it can be to leave your pet for a surgical procedure. All anesthetic procedures have risks associated with them. At South Loop Animal Hospital, our mission is to minimize these inherent risks. We take extra steps to ensure your pet’s safety and comfort before, during, and after his or her surgery.

  • Pre-surgical exam—Even if your pet has been in to see us recently, we want to ensure that there have been no recent changes to your pet’s health. This exam is performed the day of surgery.
  • Dedicated patient care—In order to focus care for your pet, we have a dedicated staff for surgical and hospitalized patients. We also limit the number of surgical procedures performed each day (excluding emergencies). This allows our surgery team to provide individual care to each surgical patient before, during, and after his or her procedure.
  • Pre-anesthetic blood analysis—The type of laboratory analysis varies depending on the age and health status of your pet, but ALL pets are screened prior to undergoing anesthesia. This is done to minimize the anesthetic risks and to ensure that your pet’s major organs (e.g., liver, kidneys, etc.) are functioning properly in order to efficiently metabolize the anesthesia.
  • Catheter and IV fluids—Prior to surgery, an intravenous (IV) catheter is placed, and your pet will receive IV fluids before, during, and after surgery. Not only will the fluids help stabilize your pet’s blood pressure and maintain fluid balance during anesthesia, but also the placement of the catheter allows for immediate drug delivery should an emergency arise.
  • Anesthesia tailored to YOUR pet—Just as humans are unique, so are pets. Each pet receives a unique anesthesia protocol, which takes into account his or her age, breed, and medical history.
  • Monitoring equipment—While your pet is under anesthesia, we are using multiple pieces of equipment to closely monitor his or her vital signs, including blood pressure, heart rate, ECG, body temperature, and respiration. The information we collect from these machines allows us to make adjustments to your pet’s anesthesia with even the slightest change to any of his or her vital signs. We also believe that well-trained eyes and ears are the best monitoring equipment. A certified veterinary technician monitors your pet at all times.
  • Post-surgical pain management—Surgery is painful, and a successful recovery depends partly on effective pain management. Our staff plans for your pet’s comfortable recovery before his or her surgery even begins. Whether your pet’s surgery is routine or emergency, we will make sure your pet remains pain free during their recovery process in our hospital and at home.
  • Post-surgical follow-up—Routine follow-up care is considered to be part of the surgery process. Every pet is sent home with written discharge instructions after surgery to clarify home care. Our staff will also call to check on your pet after surgery to make sure the recovery process is going smoothly. We also know how expensive surgeries can be, so we’ve waived the fees for suture, drain, and/or staple removal for procedures performed at our hospital.

Surgeries We Perform

We perform both routine and emergency surgeries in our state-of-the-art surgical suite. While we are able to perform most procedures, we have established relationships with board-certified surgeons in cases where a referral is necessary. Following is a list of procedures we routinely perform, but the decision to perform a surgical procedure is based on many factors. If you do not see a procedure listed here or if you have additional questions, feel free to contact us.

Abdominal:

  • Cystotomy
  • Splenectomy
  • Gastrotomy/Enterotomy
  • Gastropexy

Ophthalmology:

  • Ocular enucleation
  • Eyelid tumor removal
  • Third eyelid gland reduction
  • Third Eyelid Gland Reduction w/Cartilage

Reproductive:

  • Castration (neuter)
  • Ovariohysterectomy (spay)
  • Cryptorchidectomy

Other Surgeries We Perform:

  • Aural hematoma repair
  • Soft tissue biopsy
  • Mass removal
  • Laceration repair
  • Inguinal herniorrhaphy repair
  • Umbilical herniorrhaphy repair
  • Esophageal feeding tube placement
  • Stenotic nares repair

We refer orthopedic and more complicated surgical procedures to board-certified veterinary surgeons. Our doctors have fostered working relationships with multiple surgeons in the Chicago area and can provide you with referrals and follow-up care.

We do not perform cosmetic procedures, including ear cropping or tail docking.