Surgical Services for Pets
We offer a wide range of surgical procedures for cats and dogs at our Williamsburg clinic, using stringent surgical protocols and surgical lasers.
A dedicated nurse will administer anesthesia and continuously monitor your pet using electronic patient monitoring equipment during each surgery. There will also be pain management during the surgery.
Post-operative monitoring and pain management are our priorities following surgery. Your vet will also provide thorough instructions for at-home care.
It is important to follow these instructions carefully to ensure a smooth recovery for your pet. Don't hesitate to contact your vet if you have any questions or concerns during recovery.
We perform veterinary surgeries at Godspeed Animal Care to help treat disease and conditions in pets, as well as to repair injuries caused by trauma.
Our Williamsburg 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.
All spay/neuter patients will receive the following services during their stay at Godspeed Animal Care:
- Pre-operative blood work (to ensure anesthetic safety and drug tolerance) Intravenous catheter and fluids (to maintain hydration during anesthesia)
- A dedicated, trained, anesthetist will monitor vital signs from beginning to end of a peri-operative pain injection
- Isoflurane gas anesthesia
- Surgical monitoring including pulse oximetry and EKG, capnometry, and blood pressure
- Hospitalization and nursing care
- Five days of pain-relieving medication
- 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.
- 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 Removal
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 Williamsburg and work closely with your veterinary surgeon to ensure that your dog or cat receives the very best care.
- Wound Repairs
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.
The Surgery Process
We understand how stressful it can be to bring your pet in for surgery. Please be assured that we only recommend surgery when it is in the best interests of your pet.
We will ensure that you fully understand why we are recommending surgery, and that you are comfortable making the decision to move ahead.
We will confirm the procedure details, perform a physical exam on the patient, and ensure that blood tests have been completed and reviewed by the vet to determine if your pet is at risk of anesthesia-related complications.
Sterile Surgical Suites & Equipment
To prevent contamination, surgeries are performed in a dedicated and sterile surgical suite. Our employees are required to wear disposable caps, masks, sterile gowns, and single-use gloves. Prior to each surgery, we also carefully clean, sterilize, and wrap our surgical instruments and equipment.
Laser Surgery for Pets
At Godspeed Animal Care, we offer a Co2 surgical laser for some procedures.
Surgical lasers can provide a number of benefits, including:
- Reduces post-operative pain
- Reduces blood loss
- Produces little or no swelling
- Allows precision-removal of abnormal tissue
- Allows for fewer stitches, or no stitches in some cases
Surgical Consent Form
We always keep you fully informed about why we are recommending a surgical procedure and regarding any post-operative care your pet will need at home.
If your pet is a patient undergoing surgery at Godspeed Animal Care, we ask that you complete our surgical consent form in advance.