Your Pet's Surgery at Hadlock Veterinary Clinic

Hadlock Veterinary ClinicWhether performing a routine surgery or an emergency procedure, you can have confidence the veterinarians at Hadlock Veterinary Clinic will work hard to ensure each procedure is thorough, completed with the utmost expertise, and is as stress-free as possible for you and your pet.

At Hadlock Veterinary Clinic, we fully understand the decision to allow your pet to undergo surgery is never easy. To that end, we're happy to answer any questions regarding your pet's surgery. In fact, a pre-surgical consultation is an essential part of the process. Our medical staff is also happy to provide you with information on postoperative care to ensure a rapid return to your pet's happy, healthy self.

In addition to soft tissue and orthopedic surgery, Hadlock Veterinary Clinic offers eye surgeries performed by our own board-certified veterinary ophthalmologist Dr. Joyce Murphy.

Our Facilities

Hadlock Veterinary Clinic's state-of-the-art surgical facility ensures procedures are as safe and efficient as possible. Veterinary technology is advancing at a rapid pace. These advancements, combined with our expertise, greatly reduce the risk of complications and allow us to perform surgical procedures quickly and accurately.

Pre-Surgery Exam

Before your pet undergoes any surgical procedure, a thorough examination is performed. We also offer a pre-surgical blood screen, which, along with your pet's anesthetic history, breed, preexisting conditions and age, will be used to determine a unique anesthetic protocol and increase the safety of any anesthesia. These tests have the added benefit of establishing a baseline for the comparison of future blood tests, should your pet require any.

For most surgical procedures, anesthesia is required. While under anesthesia, your pet is continuously monitored by our staff and by specialized anesthesia monitoring technology. Your pet's blood pressure, heart rate, respiratory rate, body temperature and oxygen blood level are all tracked during surgery. In this way your pet is safer since we can find small abnormalities and adjust the anesthetic level as needed to keep your pet comfortable and pain-free. We also use warm circulating water pads and warm air blankets to keep pets from cooling during surgery, as pets that wake up warmer recover more effectively than if they become too cold.

Anesthesia

For most surgical procedures, anesthesia is required. While under anesthesia, your pet is continuously monitored by both our staff and specialized anesthesia monitoring technology. Your pet's blood pressure, heart rate, respiratory rate, body temperature, and oxygen level are all tracked during surgery. We also use temperature-controlled circulating water baths and warm air blankets to assist in maintaining a constant body temperature during the procedure.

Hadlock Veterinary ClinicPain Management

Just as with humans, pain has many negative effects on pets that go beyond physical discomfort. Pain after surgery can slow healing and worsen diseases like arthritis. Since our furry friends don't understand why they're experiencing pain, pain can cause behavioral issues and interfere with the bond between you and your pet.

To minimize your pet's discomfort, we typically use a combination of local anesthetics, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), and narcotic pain relievers. The exact protocol is tailored to each animal, and depends on a number of factors determined by the pre-surgery exam and by the procedure being performed.

Postoperative Care

The amount of time your pet will need to monitored after surgery varies. In some cases, animals will need to be monitored overnight; in others, they can be sent home the same day. When your pet is discharged, your veterinarian will provide you with information on proper home care after surgery. Often, your pet will be prescribed medication. If this is the case, we will explain how and when to administer it. We will also be available to answer questions after your pet arrives home. Contact us with any questions or concerns following surgery and we will be more than happy to help you.