Your Pet's Surgery

SurgeryThe doctors at Pitman Animal Hospital are among the best trained, skilled and experienced veterinary surgeons found practicing at any hospital. Not only are they accomplished professionally, they also have a deep sense of compassion for all animals.

We understand that the decision to allow your beloved companion to undergo surgery is never an easy one. Despite the confidence we have in our abilities and state-of-the-art surgical suite, we know that surgery is difficult for both you and your pet. This is why we work as hard as we do to ensure your pet's procedure is as comfortable and stress-free as possible.

Perhaps the most important pre-surgical step we take is to discuss why we believe a particular procedure is necessary and what it entails. We also provide information on proper postoperative care and answer any questions you may have so that you feel comfortable that you are making the right choice for your pet.

All of us at Pitman Animal Hospital believe that our personal attention to each patient and client, as well as our experience, is what makes our surgical services unique.

Surgical Services

We offer a wide array of surgical services that can be performed in our facility. It is important for you and your pet to receive care in a friendly and welcoming place from people you both have come to know in order to reduce stress and promote healing.

Our surgeries include spays and neuters, dental and oral surgeries, declawing, foreign body removal, tumor removal, surgery for bloat, gland removal, wound repair and management, cystotomies and splenectomies. Other surgeries we perform are:

Orthopedic Surgery

  • ACL repairs
  • Patella corrections
  • Femoral head resections
  • Fracture repairs
  • Internal and and external fixations.

Soft Tissue Surgery

  • Abdominal surgeries of the GI tract
  • Urinary system surgeries
  • Neuters and spays
  • Cancer surgeries
  • Wound repair procedures
  • Reconstructive surgeries
  • Ear, nose and throat procedures
  • Selective thoracic surgeries
  • Hernia repairs
  • Mass removals
  • Ophthalmic surgeries
  • Emergency surgeries

It is our goal to provide your pet with the best and most appropriate surgical care possible.

AnesthesiaAnesthesia & Monitoring

Ensuring the health and safety of your pet during surgery is of the utmost importance and requires an anesthetic and monitoring regimen that adheres to the highest principles and ideals of veterinary medicine. At Pitman Animal Hospital, your pet has access to state-of-the-art anesthetic administration and cardiovascular monitoring equipment and protocols.

We place a strong emphasis on post-operative pain management, and we always follow-up with post-surgical contact with pet owners.

Prior to your pet's surgery, he or she will be examined and a pre-surgical blood screen is performed. The results of these tests and your pet's past anesthetic history, breed, preexisting conditions and age are used to create an individualized anesthesia protocol for your pet.

While under anesthesia your pet will be cared for by a well-trained and experienced veterinary technician. Our monitoring system tracks blood pressure, heart rate, respiratory rate, body temperature and oxygen level.

Postoperative Care

As your pet is being discharged from the hospital we provide you with detailed information and medications to properly care for your pet at home after surgery. We are also happy to answer any questions or concerns that may arise once you get your pet home.

Pain Management

We all know that pain hurts, but often forget that pain has other detrimental effects on the body.

Pain slows healing, decreases activity, causes behavior changes (such as aggression, anxiety, and depression), worsens diseases like arthritis and potentially some cancers, and interferes with the bond between you and your pet.

In order to combat those effects, we use an advanced, multi-modal protocol to prevent and treat pain in our patients. Whenever possible, we use a combination of local anesthetics, NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug), and narcotic pain relievers. We also try to include non-drug methods like exercise and physical therapy when appropriate.