We are dedicated to keeping your pet
SAFE & comfortable
before, during, and after their surgery at our animal hospital. Our team uses the latest surgical equipment, and we take time to educate pet owners on how best to care for their pets post-op.
Making Pet Surgery as Stress-Free as Possible
Your pet’s health and comfort are our highest priorities here at Chimacum Valley Veterinary Hospital. Every surgical procedure is carefully planned with the patient’s medical history and unique needs in mind. We will also consult with you to answer all your questions and explain the procedure so you know what to expect and can be assured your pet is in good hands.
Surgeries We Perform
Our veterinarians and support staff are capable of performing a variety of surgical procedures, including:
Spaying & Neutering
Gastrointestinal and abdominal surgery
Orthopedic surgery (limited)
Brachiocephalic airway surgery (for bulldogs and similar breeds)
Urinary Tract Surgery
Reconstructive and wound repair procedures
Anesthesia & Monitoring
To ensure your pet’s safety at every stage of their surgery, we provide a tailored anesthesia and monitoring regimen that follows the highest standards of care:
- Before putting your pet under anesthesia, we perform a thorough exam and pre-surgical bloodwork to evaluate their health and develop an individualized anesthesia protocol.
- Your pet is intubated to ensure the safest delivery of oxygen and inhalant anesthesia.
- During surgery, your pet is closely monitored by a trained surgical nurse and multi-parameter monitoring equipment tracking their heart rate, respiratory rate, blood pressure, CO2, EKG, and more.
- Your pet also receives IV fluids to support their blood pressure and organ function.
- All patients are kept warm during their surgery to maintain a safe body temperature and maximize their comfort during and after the procedure.
Pain isn’t just uncomfortable; it can slow your pet’s recovery, stress them out, and interfere with the bond they share with you. That’s why Chimacum Valley Veterinary Hospital provides the most current and effective pain management protocols. Our options for pain control include NSAIDs, opioids, and injectable analgesics, which are administered before, during, and after the surgical procedure to minimize pain as much as possible.
Our veterinarians are proactive about treating pain in dogs and cats, but we are prudent in how we prescribe them for safety purposes. However, pain management is always a priority for us, and we will do all we can to prevent unneeded discomfort and suffering in our patients.
In addition to medications we can provide before and during your pet’s surgery, our team can also provide laser therapy, acupuncture, and herbal therapies to further reduce post-op pain (these can also be used to treat chronic pain).
When it is time for your pet to be discharged from our hospital, we will give you thorough take-home instructions to help you take care of your pet as they recover. Let us know if you have any questions at this time and we will be happy to answer! Communication is always important, and if you notice any issues with your pet’s behaviors, habits, or their incision site, please contact us immediately so we can assist!
We advise keeping your pet’s incision area clean and dry at all times. To prevent licking at the site, your pet may need an e-collar. You can also put an old T-shirt or onesie on your pet to cover the area and discourage licking.