The entire team at Heartland Animal Hospital understands that the choice to allow your pet to undergo surgery is never easy. We understand your concerns and are happy to answer any questions regarding your pet’s surgery. In addition to a pre-surgical consultation with your veterinarian, our medical staff is happy to provide you with information on postoperative care to ensure a rapid return to your pet’s happy, healthy self.
We routinely perform a variety of soft tissue surgeries, such as spay/neuters, tumor removals, and abdominal explorations with foreign body removals, as well as hernia repairs, cystotomies, and declaws. We do have an orthopedic surgeon available for fracture repairs and other bone surgeries. We are committed to performing quality surgery at a reasonable cost with minimal risk.
Each surgical procedure at Heartland Animal Hospital is preceded by a thorough examination. We prefer to perform 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 anesthesia protocol. These tests have the added benefit of establishing a baseline for the comparison of future blood tests.
Anesthesia is required for most surgical procedures. At Heartland Animal Hospital, our dedicated team administers an injectable anesthesia combination for induction and then uses Isofluorane gas during surgery. During surgery, we continuously monitor your pet’s ECG, heart rate, respiratory rate, body temperature, and oxygen and carbon dioxide levels. We also actively warm the patient to ensure smooth recovery and prevent hypothermia.
Pain after surgery can go beyond physical discomfort. Pain can slow healing and worsen diseases like arthritis. It can also cause behavioral issues and interfere with the human-to-pet bond, because our companion friends don’t understand why they are experiencing pain.
To minimize your pet’s discomfort, we typically use a combination of local anesthetics, NSAIDs, and narcotic pain relievers. We also utilize local nerve blocks for some procedures, such as declawing. Exact protocols are tailored to each animal, and depend on various factors determined by the pre-surgery exam and during the procedure.
Following surgery, the experienced medical staff at Heartland Animal Hospital continuously monitor patients until they have recovered from anesthesia and are stabilized in their warming cages. The amount of time your pet will need to be monitored after surgery varies. In some cases, animals will need to continue their recovery overnight; in others, they can be sent home the same day.
Dr. Cuddihee or Dr. St.Clair will provide you with information on proper home care after surgery when your pet is discharged, including guidelines explaining any medication you will leave with and how to properly administer it.
We will also be available to answer questions after your pet arrives home. Contact us at (573)657-1183 with any questions or concerns following surgery and we will be more than happy to help you.
We are so fortunate to have Dr. Patti Cuddihee for our cats’ doctor. For 18 years, she seems to always know exactly what to do for our cats. We just wish we had a doctor for us humans that was as intuitive about our needs as Dr. Cuddihee is about our cats’ needs. She knows them all by name and loves them.
This year we had to have our most beloved cat euthanized. Dr. Cuddihee came to the house and, afterwards, hugged me and cried with me.
Usually, our stories are good ones. Recently, an 18 year old cat that is slowing down and has health issues had to have his teeth cleaned and extracted. He also had an ulcer in his mouth that Dr. Cuddihee had to treat. Unlike usual, he came home the same day ready to eat and cuddle and, by evening, go for a walk outdoors, with us.
The young ladies at the clinic are always so friendly and helpful, as well. Thanks, Dr. Cuddihee, for taking such good care of our beloved furry family.
Jim and Gayle Fry and friends