Surgery for Dogs and Cats in Kittery, ME
Our team can safely perform a wide range of surgeries, from spays and neuters to mass removals. Similar to human surgery, cat and dog surgery here in Kittery includes multiple safety and pain management protocols, and dedicated staff monitoring your pet throughout their procedure. Our goal with every pet surgery is to have our patients heal smoothly and enjoy a better quality of life, and to make the entire experience as stress-free as possible.
What to Expect with Your Pet’s Surgery
While your companion is in our care, we abide by a set of guidelines to maximize their safety and minimize stress and discomfort.
- Before their surgery, your pet undergoes pre-anesthetic blood work and an exam so we can evaluate their organ function and make sure they’re at minimal risk for complications.
- Once they’re ready, we administer general anesthetic based on their age, weight, and health history.
- Your pet’s vitals, including temperature, blood pressure, oxygen, and EKG are carefully monitored throughout by dedicated staff and cutting-edge equipment.
- We use various heating systems to protect your pet from hypothermia and keep them warm while they awaken in recovery.
Tips to Help Your Pet Recover Safely at Home
Keeping your canine or feline family member comfortable and healthy while they recuperate from surgery is critical to their recovery. When it’s time for your pet to return home with you after their procedure, a member of our team will respond to any questions you have and go over home care instructions with you.
Here are some of our key tips for pet owners:
- Limit your pet’s activity (if needed, keep them confined to their kennel or a quiet room) for about 7 days, or until their sutures are removed. Jumping, running, and playing with other pets could result in torn sutures and aggravate the surgical site.
- Take a look at your pet’s incision each day to check for swelling, odor, discoloration, seepage, and torn sutures.
- Don’t let your pet lick their sutures or play in water. The sutures need to stay clean and dry to prevent infection.