Your Pet's Surgery at Chimacum Valley Veterinary HospitalThe veterinarians and staff at Chimacum Valley Veterinary Hospital and Pet Townsend Veterinary Clinic understand that the decision to allow your beloved companion to undergo surgery is never easy. We strive to make your pet’s procedure as comfortable and stress free as possible, beginning with our exceptional focus on anesthesia and pain management.

Perhaps the most important pre-surgical step is to discuss why we believe a particular procedure is necessary and what it entails. The veterinarians will provide you with information on proper postoperative care and answer any questions you may have so that you feel comfortable knowing you are making the right choice for your pet.

We regularly perform many types of surgeries, including but not limited to:

  • Spays and neuters for dogs, cats, rabbits, and rodents
  • Eye surgery
  • Urinary tract surgery
  • Tumor removal
  • Reconstructive and wound repair procedures
  • Gastrointestinal surgery
  • Orthopedic surgery
  • Cancer surgery
  • Skin surgery

Your Pet's Surgery at Chimacum Valley Veterinary HospitalAnesthesia and Monitoring

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. At Chimacum Valley Veterinary Hospital and Pet Townsend Veterinary Clinic, anesthesia safety is our top priority.

Prior to undergoing anesthesia, your pet is thoroughly examined and a pre-surgical blood screen is performed. The results of these tests, along with your pet's anesthetic history, breed, pre-existing conditions, and age are used to create an individualized anesthesia protocol. During surgery, a surgical nurse closely monitors every anesthetized patient with a multi-parameter anesthesia monitor that tracks blood pressure, EKG, heart rate, respiratory rate, body temperature, and oxygen saturation. All anesthesia patients receive IV fluids to help maintain blood pressure and support organ function.

Balanced Anesthesia and Other Options

Our veterinarians employ specialized anesthetic protocols for each patient, adapting to each animal's unique needs, based on the procedure being done and the health status of that patient.

At our hospitals, we use a concept called "balanced anesthesia", where lower doses of medications are used together to provide optimal pain control and sedation, which often enhances the animal's recovery.

In addition to the precautions listed above, we use Sevoflurane as an inhalant gas anesthetic. Sevoflurane has benefits over other inhalant gas anesthetics in that it allows our veterinarians to quickly adjust the anesthetic depth. For our patients, this means more anesthetic control and therefore improved safety.

Your Pet's Surgery at Chimacum Valley Veterinary HospitalPain Management

Pain hurts, but it also has many other detrimental effects on your pet’s body. Pain slows healing, decreases activity, causes behavioral changes such as aggression, anxiety, and depression, and worsens diseases like arthritis and potentially some cancers. It also interferes with the bond between you and your pet.

At Chimacum Valley Veterinary Hospital and Pet Townsend Veterinary Clinic, we practice the most up-to-date pain management protocol. We administer pain medication, including opioids and NSAIDs (non-steroidal medications), before, during, and after any procedure that may cause your pet pain. For acute and chronic conditions, we use all our available and safe resources, including NSAIDs and oral and injectable analgesics for the complete comfort of your pet.

Postoperative Care

As your pet is being discharged from the hospital, you will be provided with detailed information on how to properly care for your pet at home after surgery. Please also know that we are happy to answer any questions or concerns that may arise once you get your pet home!