Anesthesia & General Surgery

Whetstone Animal Hospital takes the safety of your pet during surgery very seriously. We know your pet is like one of the family and, as such, we take a number of steps to ensure a safe outcome.

Steps We Take to Ensure Surgical Safety

Thorough Pre-Surgical Examination:
  • We perform a head-to-toe physical examination on all animals prior to anesthesia and surgery.
Human-Grade Anesthetics:
  • Only the safest anesthetic agents are used. Many of the anesthetics we use are the same drugs used in human hospitals.
Careful Monitoring:
  • During your pet’s procedure, your four-legged friend will be monitored by equipment that evaluates heart rate and oxygen saturation level.  In animals that are higher-risk, blood pressure and ECG monitoring is available.
If your animal is older or ill:
  • We may require a Pre-Anesthetic Blood Screen, which allows us to evaluate things such as liver and kidney function to confirm your pet is a good candidate for surgery.  A Coagulation Screen may help to rule out bleeding problems caused by hemophilia and platelet problems.
  • After surgery we will continue to monitor your pet’s condition and administer pain control measures when appropriate. Veterinary medicine has evolved tremendously over recent years and there are many ways to manage any pain associated with surgery.

Surgical & Dental Services, including:
  • Spay and Neuter
  • Declawing
  • Dentistry
  • Growth & Tumor Removal
  • Bladder Stone Removal
  • Exploratory Surgery
  • Hernia Repair                         
  • Gastrointestinal surgery
  • Splenectomy
  • Lacerations and abscess repair
  • C-Section
  • Eye surgery
  • Orthopedics & fracture repair (limited)

We understand that you may have concerns or uncertainties about your pet’s upcoming anesthesia and surgery.
We are here to discuss options for your pet, as well as answer any questions you may have.