Knowing that any member of your family needs surgery can be nerve-wracking, but at Milestone, we do everything we can to make you and your pet comfortable, and keep you informed every step of the way.
In most cases, you would bring your pet to the clinic in the morning, where our team would begin preparing them for their procedure.
We require a blood panel prior to any surgical procedure. Why? Because it is the easiest, fastest, and least expensive way to make sure there aren’t any health conditions that we should know about prior to administering anesthesia
During the actual procedure, your pet will have their own surgical team, including their veterinarian, a veterinary technician, and a technician assistant. Once the procedure is complete and your pet is in recovery, your vet will call you with an update. Your pet will be closely monitored in recovery, and will receive both a visual and TPR (temperature, pulse, respiration) check every 20 minutes until they are fully awake. Depending on their recovery status, you may pick your pet up between 4:00-6:00 p.m. that afternoon.
In addition to preventing them from having puppies/kittens, spaying or neutering your pet can give them a longer, healthier life, and it has the added benefit of helping prevent the overpopulation of animals in shelters.
The spay procedure removes the ovaries and uterus in female pets, which can protect them from several potentially deadly diseases and infections, including cancer. It also eliminates the mess and discomfort of the heat cycle.
Neutering removes a male pet’s testicles, offering protecting against prostate and testicular cancer and other diseases. It also reduces dangerous behaviors, like roaming and fighting, and curtails the desire to hump and spray.
We recognize that many people have a number of questions regarding these procedures, and are here to provide you with as much information as you need to help make the very best decision for you and YOUR pet!
Soft Tissue Surgery
Have you ever been cuddling or playing with your pet, only to notice an unfamiliar lump under their skin? Believe it or not, this is pretty common, but it’s a good idea to let a member of our veterinary team check it out. We will evaluate your pet, and may recommend testing or removal of the mass. Most are benign (not harmful), but some can be signs of a serious condition, like cancer. In those cases, early removal and diagnosis is critical to your pet’s comfort and odds of recovery.
We do not perform orthopedic surgery at Milestone, but are proud to partner with the veterinary team at Upstate Vet Emergency and Specialty Clinic for these procedures.