Surgical Care and Services

At Goodlettsville Animal Hospital we are dedicated to providing optimal surgical care for your pet.

Pre-Anesthetic Profile/General Health Profile:

PAP: This blood screening is performed on most pets that will be undergoing anesthesia. It provides the doctor with an assessment of your pet’s kidney and liver functions. These are the organs that metabolize the anesthesia. Blood glucose is also evaluated to check for diabetes or hypoglycemia and blood counts are checked to evaluate for anemia and infection. It is vital for the pet to be tested prior to any surgical procedure so that we can better prepare and plan an individualized anesthetic protocol to suit his/her individual needs.

– GHP: These blood screenings are more comprehensive and can be vital in detecting early stages of illness or disease. The comprehensive panel may be recommended prior to surgery if the pet is older or higher risk.

Monitoring:

Each pet undergoing anesthesia is monitored by a trained surgical technician before, during, and after the procedure. We also have state of the art heart rate, respiratory rate, and blood pressure monitoring that is utilized with every surgery.

Anesthesia:

Each anesthetic protocol is individually prepared for every patient’s needs. We utilize both intravenous and gas anesthesia to make every surgical procedure as painless and comfortable as possible.

Pain Relief:

Pets can’t tell us when they hurt, so it can be difficult to know when they are in pain. Anything that can cause pain to a human will also cause pain in our pets. Pain is more than an unpleasant sensation; if left untreated not only does it cause the pet to suffer, but it can also interfere with the healing process. We understand the importance of pain management and uses effective methods to meet your pet’s specific needs. You can be assured we will provide the appropriate pain relief medication to protect your pet from unnecessary pain.

We offer the following soft tissue and orthopedic surgeries:

Spay, neuter, c-sections, exploratory, cystotomy, gastrotomy, enterotomy, amputations, mass/tumor removal.