At River Valley, we offer a variety of surgery such as:
- Routine spays and neuters on dogs and cats.
- Elective and emergency soft tissue surgeries (lumps, lacerations, exploratories)
- Oral Surgeries
River Valley Veterinary Services is proud of our state-of-the-art surgical suite. RVVS uses the safest injectable and gas anesthesia available. To ensure your pet can properly process and eliminate an anesthetic, we run blood tests to confirm that your pet’s organs are functioning properly and to find hidden health conditions that could put your pet at risk. All surgical patients are monitored with pulse, respiratory and cardiac monitors. We place an IV catheter and give IV fluids to all patients while under anesthesia. RVVS knows that animals feel the pain of surgery, just as people do. We will make your pet comfortable by anticipating and treating their pain. Pain relief will be provided before, during, and after to help keep your pet comfortable and pain free.
RVVS has Certified Veterinary Technicians that assist the veterinarians. You and your pet will meet with the Surgery Team at an individually scheduled check-in appointment. This team will remain with your pet through its surgical procedures and the recovery period following surgery.Our Veterinary Technicians will meet with you again during your scheduled discharge appointment. At that time, you will be educated about your pet’s home care needs, and we will answer any of your questions.Common surgeries include spays, neuters, declawing, and lump removals. Senior pets and any pets with special health problems can be safely anesthetized using an individually created anesthetic protocol that takes into account your pet’s special needs.
Pre-Anesthetic Laboratory Workup
We recommend a blood profile prior to general anesthesia for your pet. This gives us a picture of the general health of your pet and is designed to pick up problems not evident on an external physical examination. If there is some internal problem that may pose a threat to your pet during anesthesia, we want to know about it before the anesthetic is given, not after!
We have a wide variety of very safe anesthetics available to maximize the safety of anesthesia for your pet. With the help of pre-anesthetic laboratory testing, the anesthetic protocol is adjusted to the individual needs and requirements of your pet.
All pets undergoing anesthesia and surgery are monitored by state-of-the-art vital signs monitors, which measure pulse oximetry (percent oxygen saturation of hemoglobin in the red blood cells), respiration, EKG, temperature, and blood pressure.
At River Valley Veterinary Service, we are concerned with minimizing pain both during and following surgery. Our veterinarians will recommend a pain control regimen that is appropriate for your pet during the hospital stay and during recovery at home.
Complex surgeries can be referred to one of several surgical specialists in the Twin Cities area.
Our Veterinary Technicians will meet with you again during your scheduled discharge appointment. At that time, you will be educated about your pet’s home care needs, and we will answer any of your questions.