Your Pet's Surgery

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. Dr. Foley approaches this aspect of the profession with a deep sense of compassion for all animals. The entire staff at Sonoma County Mobile Veterinary Hospital 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. Sonoma County Mobile Veterinary Hospital is equipped with a complete surgery suite and is dedicated to providing your pet with the highest quality surgical care possible.

At Sonoma County Mobile Veterinary Hospital, 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 environment from people you both have come to know in order to reduce stress and promote healing.

As with our soft tissue surgeries, should your pet require the care of a specialist, we maintain a close relationship with a local board certified veterinary surgeon. In all, it is our goal to provide you and your pet with the best and most appropriate surgical care possible.

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 Sonoma County Mobile Veterinary Hospital, 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.

In addition to the traditional therapies through these standard medications, Dr. Foley is also formally trained in veterinary acupuncture. Through this modality, she can offer alternative pain management techniques when appropriate.

Postoperative Care

At Sonoma County Mobile Veterinary Hospital, we stay with your pet at all times until he or she is ready to go home with the recommended guidelines. We also provide clients with medications to give to their pets to continue treatment and pain control post-operatively when needed. We always provide thorough instructions to the owner to avoid any confusion when caring for their pet after an anesthetic procedure. After surgery, 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.