Your Pet's Surgery at Animal Medical Center

Pet SurgeryWe 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. The veterinarians and technicians at Animal Medical Center approach this aspect of our profession with a deep sense of compassion for all animals.

The veterinary staff at Animal Medical Center truly believes that our personal attention to you and your pet is what makes our surgical services unique.

Surgical Services

Advancements in veterinary technology have made surgical procedures far safer than ever before. Animal Medical Center is equipped with a complete surgery suite and is dedicated to providing your pet with the highest quality surgical care possible.

At Animal Medical Center, we believe it is in the best interests of our clients' pets for us to offer as wide an array of surgical services from our facility as possible. It is important for you and your pet to receive care in a friendly and welcoming facility from people you both have come to know in order to reduce stress and promote healing.

Animal Medical Center also provides orthopedic surgeries including bone plating, pinning, CCL repair, femoral head ostectomy.

State of the Art Laser Surgery at Animal Medical Center

Surgical lasers have become a very important part of veterinary medicine and Animal Medical Center is pleased to offer our clients and their pets the latest technology with the CO2 laser.

What is Laser Surgery?

In laser surgery, a highly focused laser beam efficiently vaporizes the affected living tissue. It simultaneously seals capillaries, small blood vessels, lymphatics and nerve endings. Laser surgery has significant benefits to both pets and surgeons.

Laser Surgery Benefits for Your Pet

Less Bleeding: As it makes an incision, the laser seals small blood vessels. The result is a significant reduction in bleeding which enables different surgical procedures to be utilized for optimal results for your pet.

Less Pain: The CO2 laser beam seals nerve endings and lymphatics, which results in less edema and pain for your pet. Less pain also means less recovery time for your pet's post-operative healing.

Reduced Risk of Infection: One of the most unique features of the CO2 laser beam is that it efficiently kills bacteria in its path, producing a sterilizing effect.

Quicker Recovery and Healing Time: Reduced risk of infection, less bleeding, less pain and less swelling allow your pet to make a quick recovery after surgery.

Veterinary Surgeons in ValricoLaser Surgery Benefits for Surgeons

Increased Surgical Capabilities: Laser surgery improves many surgical procedures by simplifying them and reducing risks generally associated with surgery.

Enhanced Visibility of the Surgical Area: The laser light seals capillaries and small blood vessels as it cuts and thereby dramatically reduces bleeding. This provides a much clearer and drier surgical site for the surgeon.

Increased Precision: A laser beam's focal spot may be adjusted down to a small fraction of a millimeter or expanded for wider coverage. The laser power may also be set for rapid removal of large tissue amounts or adjusted to remove only one cell layer at a time.

Reduction of Surgery Time: The hemostatic effect of the laser beam and the improved visibility of the surgical area reduces the surgery's overall duration.

Dr. Antuñano has used laser surgery since its inception and was the former president of the Veterinary Laser Surgical Society. He and his team at Animal Medical Center use a surgical laser almost exclusively over a traditional scalpel in surgeries, including ear cropping and declawing. They have had extensive training and experience and believe in the numerous benefits that result from this form of state of the art surgery.

Anesthesia & 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 Animal Medical Center, your pet has access to state-of-the-art anesthetic administration and cardiovascular monitoring equipment and protocols.

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

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

Pain Management

We all know that pain hurts, but pain has many other detrimental effects on the body. It slows healing, decreases activity, causes behavior changes (such as aggression, anxiety, and depression), it worsens diseases like arthritis and potentially some cancers. Pain interferes with the bond between you and your pet.

In order to combat those effects, we use an advanced, multimodal protocol to prevent and treat pain in your pet. Whenever possible, we use a combination of local anesthetics, NSAIDs (non-steroid anti-inflammatory medications), and narcotic pain relievers.

Stem Cell Therapy

Stem cell therapy is used for treatment of osteoarthritis in dogs and cats.

Stem cells have the unique ability to mature into cells with specialized functions and this makes them extremely valuable for repairing certain body tissues damaged by injury or disease. We can use these cells as an effective therapy for the treatment of arthritis.

Dr. Antuñano is certified in stem cell therapy.

Laser Therapy

To further reduce pain and promote healing after surgery, an injury, or to manage a range of chronic and acute conditions, Animal Medical Center now offers laser therapy.

Laser therapy is a painless FDA approved medical procedure that uses low-level lasers to stimulate the natural healing capabilities of the body's cells. This form of laser therapy is effective at promoting healing on a cellular level as well as decreasing inflammation after surgery, injury or areas of the body affected by chronic illnesses such as arthritis or acute conditions such as otitis. It can also be used to increase joint mobility and relieve the aches and pains common to geriatric pets.

How Laser Therapy Works

Laser therapy creates a deep penetrating light that induces the body to release endorphins and stimulates the injured cells to heal at a faster rate. During each painless treatment, the laser's energy increases circulation, drawing water, oxygen, and nutrients to the damaged area. This tool enables us to offer our clients an alternative to pharmaceuticals that is capable of producing immediate results without any dangerous side effects.

RecoveryLaser Therapy Treatments

Your pet does not need to be sedated for laser therapy treatments and the experience is usually pleasant and comforting.

Improvement is often seen after the first treatment; however, most pets require several treatments to achieve maximum benefits. Generally, 4 - 8 treatments produce the best results and laser therapy treatment effects are cumulative. The length and frequency of treatments varies with your pet's condition. Your veterinarian at Animal Medical Center will recommend a laser treatment plan specific to your pet's condition.

Postoperative Care

As your pet is being discharged from the hospital, you will be provided with detailed information on how 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.