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Veterinary Surgery

The veterinarians at Best Friends Animal Hospital are able to perform a wide variety of surgical procedures to help preserve the health and well-being of our patients, including soft tissue surgeries, dental surgeries, ocular operations and spays and neuters.

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Surgery for Cats & Dogs

We offer a wide variety of surgical procedures for dogs and cats at our animal clinic in Madison, relying on stringent surgical safety protocols to help keep your pet safe.

During each surgery, a dedicated veterinary team member will administer anesthesia and continuously monitor your pet using electronic patient monitoring equipment. Pain management will also be provided. 

Post-operative monitoring and pain management are our highest priorities after your pet has undergone surgery. We will provide you with a detailed set of instructions about how to best care for your companion once it is safe for them to return home with you.

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What to Expect from Surgery

We will always keep you completely informed about why we are recommending a given surgical procedure as well as what kinds of post-operative care your pet will need once they return home. Rest assured that we always practice stringent and up-to-date surgical safety protocols to keep your pet healthy and safe. 

Surgical Procedures

At Best Friends Animal Hospital, we are able to perform surgeries in both regular and urgent care situations to prevent illness, treat disease and repair injuries sustained by dogs and cats through trauma. 

Our Madison vets routinely perform the following elective and non-elective surgeries:

  • Soft Tissue Surgery

    For pets suffering from ear, nose, and throat disorders, we offer soft tissue surgical procedures.

    These procedures are also available for hepatic, urogenital, oncological, cardiothoracic, gastrointestinal, and skin disorders. 

  • Spaying & Neutering

    When we spay or neuter a cat or dog, we surgically sterilize them to prevent disease and provide them with an extended life expectancy. 

  • C-Sections

    During Cesarean sections, we surgically remove puppies or kittens from their mother's uterus.

    C-sections are typically performed when the mother is unable to give birth naturally. 

  • Enucleations

    This procedure is the removal of a pet's eye from their orbit, leaving their muscles and other orbital structures intact. This treatment can address ocular tumors or serious trauma.

    If your cat or dog requires a veterinary surgical specialist to perform this or another ocular surgery, our veterinarians will refer you to a pet surgeon near Madison and work closely with your animal surgeon to ensure that your pet receives the best possible care. 

  • Mass Removal

    Cats and dogs can develop masses associated with the skin. Masses can also grow inside a body cavity and can be serious or life-threatening.

    Mass removal surgery is a fairly common procedure for both cats and dogs.

  • Foreign Body

    Sometimes, foreign objects are ingested or can get stuck inside a cat's or dog's body.

    Whether your pet has eaten an object they shouldn't have or an accident has left them injured, we can perform foreign body surgery to remove it.

    In some cases, specialized skills or equipment are needed to perform pet surgery. If that is the case for your animal, your vet will refer you to a cat or dog surgeon near Madison and work closely with your veterinary surgeon to ensure that your dog or cat receives the very best care.

  • Wounds

    Wounds occur when living tissue has been cut, broken, burnt, torn, or otherwise damaged.

    It's imperative that these wounds be cleaned, disinfected, and appropriately cared for by a qualified veterinarian as soon as possible. 

  • Amputations

    While it is never our first choice, some injuries and illnesses affecting your pet's limbs can only be combated by amputating their injured or infected body parts to prevent pain, further injury, or infection of the entire body.

    If your dog or cat is suffering from an orthopedic condition that requires care beyond this, your vet will refer your dog or cat to an orthopedic vet surgeon near Madison.

  • Dental Surgery

    Our veterinarians provide dental surgeries for dogs and cats. These surgeries can range from tooth extractions to gum disease treatment and jaw fracture repairs.

The Surgery Process

We know that the prospect of bringing your pet in for a surgical procedure may often be an intimidating one. Rest assured, however, that we only recommend surgery when it is in the best interest of your four-legged companion. 

We will ensure that you fully understand why we are recommending surgery, and that you are comfortable making the decision to move ahead.

If your pet requires advanced care, our veterinarians will refer you to a veterinary surgeon in the Madison area and work closely with them to make sure your pet gets the quality of care they need.

Surgical protocols at our clinic include:

Pre-surgical assessments. We will confirm the details of your pet's procedure, complete a physical examination of them, and ensure we have blood test results to confirm that your companion isn't at risk of any anesthesia-related complications. 

Dedicated surgical suites. Surgeries are performed in a dedicated surgical suite. This room is kept completely sterile to prevent infection and cross-contamination.

Surgical attire. Our staff all wear disposable masks and caps while working in the surgical suite. Those of us involved in the procedure itself will wear sterile gowns and single-use gloves as well.

Sterile packs and equipment. We carefully clean, sterilize and wrap our surgical instruments and equipment prior to every surgery.

New Patients Welcome

Best Friends Animal Hospital is always accepting new patients. Our experienced veterinary team is passionate about the health and comfort of companion animals. Get in touch today to learn about the difference our expertise makes.

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