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Your Pet's Surgery

Your Pet's SurgeryIntroduction

Dr. Young and her entire veterinary team are accomplished in a variety of soft tissue and orthopedic procedures and our patient care is conscientious and compassionate. Prior to surgery, each pet is thoroughly evaluated for any existing medical concerns that may affect his / her response to anesthesia, surgery, or postoperative healing.

At Steele Creek Animal Hospital we create an individualized pain management program for your pet before, during, and after each procedure. During anesthesia and recovery, your pet is monitored by the attending veterinarian and a fully trained veterinary technician using ECG, pulse oximetry, oxygen, and blood pressure monitors. Our staff stays in touch with you as often as you wish with progress reports and any other information you may want.

Visitations are always allowed.


Ensuring the health and safety of your pet during surgery is our utmost concern and requires an anesthetic and monitoring regimen that adheres to the highest principles and ideals of quality care. Your pet receives the highest quality and safest anesthesia administration possible plus advanced cardiovascular monitoring performed by our skilled veterinary technicians.

Prior to surgery, your pet is examined and a pre-surgical blood screen is performed. The results of these tests and your pet’s past anesthetic history, breed, preexisting conditions, and age are used to create an anesthesia protocol specifically tailored for your pet.

While under anesthesia, your pet is cared for by an experienced veterinary technician using our monitoring system, which tracks blood pressure, heart rate, respiratory rate, body temperature, and oxygen level.

Your Pet's SurgeryRecovery and Pain Management

We all know that pain hurts, but pain has many other detrimental effects on the body. It slows healing, decreases activity, and causes behavior changes (such as aggression, anxiety, and depression). Pain alters the immune system and can therefore worsen diseases like arthritis and potentially some cancers. Pain interferes with the bond between you and your pet.

In order to combat those effects, we use an advanced, multimodal protocol to prevent and treat pain in your pet. Whenever possible, we use a combination of local anesthetics, NSAIDs (non-steroid anti-inflammatory medications), and narcotic pain relievers. These medications combined with complementary therapies such as acupuncture, laser and manual therapy provide each patient with effective pain control.

Postoperative Care

As your pet is being discharged from the hospital, you are provided with detailed information on how to properly care for your pet at home. We are also happy to answer any questions or concerns that may arise.