At Robinson Animal Hospital we routinely perform a wide variety of surgeries. Our North Johnson City and Watauga Avenue locations are equipped with state-of-the-art surgical and dental suites for the safety and well-being of your pets. This includes advanced equipment to thoroughly monitor your pet throughout any surgical procedure.
Spaying and Neutering
We perform spays and neuters at each of our locations and is our most common surgery. We strongly recommend this procedure for all family pets for your convenience and to control overpopulation. No additional lab testing is required for this surgery and it usually does not require an overnight stay.
Soft Tissue Surgery
We perform many types of soft tissue surgeries at our clinic. Soft tissue surgeries are those that are not associated with bone. Probably the most common soft tissue surgery performed on pets is the removal of masses, or lumps.
If your dog suffers from frequent ear infections, surgical intervention can reduce their occurrence by improving airflow into the ear canal. Surgery can also help resolve several problems related to the eyes.
We perform many types of orthopedic (bone) surgeries in our clinic. Because we want to ensure that our patients receive the best possible outcome, we occasionally refer them to board-certified orthopedic surgeons to perform back surgery and other very complex surgeries.
Leg fractures are the most common orthopedic problem presented at our clinic and usually result from a mishap with an automobile. They can be treated in a variety of ways depending on the location and type of fracture. We can apply a cast to treat certain fractures; however, many fractures will require surgical intervention:
- “Pinning” stabilizes the fracture by inserting a long stainless steel rod into the middle of the bone across the fractured area.
- “Plating” involves attaching a flat stainless steel plate to the bone using screws on either side of the fracture.
- “External fixation” stabilizes fractures using a series of pins on the outside of the leg that pass through the skin and into the bone on either side of the fracture.
- We also perform orthopedic surgeries related to hip dysplasia and disc disease.
Prior to Surgery
We require Blood work to minimize anesthetic risks. Your veterinarian will have a pre-surgical consultation to fully explain the procedure and answer any questions that you might have.
We monitor your pet’s heart, lungs, oxygen saturation levels, temperature, and blood pressure. Although not required, we strongly recommend fluids to help in reversal of the anesthesia when the surgery is over.
We will continue to monitor your pet closely until it has been determined that he or she has fully recovered from the effects of anesthesia. Pain management will begin immediately following surgery and will continue for as long as is necessary. Ask us how laser therapy can effectively assist in pain management and promote faster healing.
Your veterinarian will discuss any after care that is necessary for your pet to achieve optimum results and remain comfortable. You will be advising regarding continued pain management and a follow up appointment will be scheduled.
If your pet is scheduled for surgery, please withhold food and water at midnight on the evening prior to surgery. You may bring them to us between 7-9AM for their procedure.