Our High Surgery Standards
We offer small animal surgery for your pet at our office location in our full surgical clinic. From pre-surgery blood work to post-op follow up care, we are here to help you and your pet, whatever their needs. From the basic spay and neuter, to more complicated surgeries such as exploratory surgery for those pets that have ingested things they shouldn’t have, to cyst and tumor removals via cryosurgery, and more, our staff has the experience to perform surgery to improve your pet’s health.
Because we understand how much your pet means to you, we hold incredibly high surgery standards that ensure your pet always has the best of care.
Please read this before booking your Pet’s Surgery.
Our goal is to gather all of the necessary information from you, and work with you to ensure your pet’s surgery goes as smoothly as possible. We ask that you please be attentive when asking for quotes regarding veterinary services, and we welcome a comparison of our services as compared to offerings at other animal hospitals. We always happy to answer your questions and fully explain the treatment plan for your pet, from pre-surgery, the surgery itself, and post-op care both in the office and at home. In addition our team of experienced veterinarians, all of our vet techs are certified.
Our hospital is American Animal Hospital Association certified to ensure your pet receives the best care before, during and after their surgical procedure. Please visit the AAHA website to read more about these standards. Here at the Animal Hospital of Sussex County, our compassionate veterinary staff provides these comprehensive high standards of service:
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- The veterinarian and technician do a complete examination before any procedure and your pet will be supervised during the entire stay in a warm, clean, modern state of the art facility.
- A complete chemistry analysis and review is recommended before all surgical and dental cases when sedation or anesthesia is performed.
- All pets are catheterized intravenously and given IV fluids throughout their surgery with Heska veterinary infusion pumps.
- All instruments are steam sterilized before all procedures, including dentistries and lacerations. Steam sterilization is more thorough than traditional cold sterilization, so we only use steam. No cold sterilization is used, in accordance with the A.A.H.A standards.
- All pain management medications are properly dosed by the veterinarian for the safety and comfort of your pet. Depending on the procedure being performed, pain management medications are given before, during and as a part of the home treatment after your pet is released from the hospital.
- High frequency radio wave surgery is often used, and is found to produce fewer traumas than laser surgical techniques because it does not use heat and burn adjacent cells. Dr. Spinks has recently acquired continuing education through the North American Veterinary Community on several new areas of surgery using this highly technical skill. This highly technical instrument was manufactured by Ellman, International, and is a part of our standard practice, used at no additional charge.
- Your pet will be closely monitored by the certified technicians and experienced veterinarians throughout the day after their surgery, and most pets are dismissed to be with their families the same day. After all, the owner is the best judge of the pet’s normal behavior and our doctors are on call for any questions or assistance with seeing the pet, including house calls. We have found that the animals are less stressed when they spend that first night at home with their owner and heal faster and more comfortably. Of course, for critical patients, overnight professionals are available for observance as needed. All of our surgical procedures are performed early in the day with anesthetics that leave the system completely within several hours, to ensure that the pet is wide awake and ready to go home when you come in for your discharge appointment.
- We are the only Animal Hospital in Sussex county that offers Sevoflurane anesthesia, the safest anesthetic available. It is used in human geriatric and pediatrics because of its safety record, and because it is an inhalant, we can quickly adjust the level of anesthesia while your pet is anesthetized. We can also quickly wake a pet up in moments in case of an emergency. There are other options for anesthesia that are much less expensive, however they do not offer these very important benefits. There are other options on the market that would keep surgical anesthetic costs down, however we feel your pet’s safety far outweighs cost factors, and we hope you agree. You can read more about why we chose Sevoflurane on the DMV360 website.
- Monitors such as blood pressure and ecg are used during every procedure via Vetspecs products, because they focus specifically on veterinary tools.
- An intensive care unit using the Bair Hugger warm air heating technology prevents hypothermia to ensure a safe recovery, for more serious procedures. In addition to this technology, even the surgical is warmed so that your pet is kept completely warm on all surfaces, for any procedure, minor or major.
- Procedures such as a nail trim and ear cleaning are done while your pet is sedated, an inspection of the entire body is made to check and map any lumps or bumps that may look suspicious.
- Most procedures do not require suture removal since subcutaneous suturing (PDS) is used. In cases that do require skin sutures, there is no charge for the recheck visit and suture removal.
If you have any questions about our very high surgical standards, we encourage you to contact us and we are happy to go over in depth any questions or concerns you may have. At the Animal Hospital of Sussex County, our goal is to provide the best, in depth care for you pet, and to be the standout veterinary hospital of choice for Augusta, Newton, Wantage, Sussex, and all of the surrounding areas.