Surgery

A few of the wide variety of surgical procedures we perform at the Kenai Veterinary Hospital are listed below.

  • Ovariohysterectomies (spays)
  • Neuters
  • Declaws
  • Lacerations
  • Abdominal surgeries
  • Tumor removals
  • Cesareans
  • Fracture repairs

Routine surgeries are done on a daily basis Monday through Friday. Preanesthetic bloodwork is required based on age and risk assessment of the patient. Anesthesia is induced with injectable anesthetics and maintained with gas anesthesia and oxygen.  We have pulse oximetry, blood pressure, and ECG monitoring to insure patient saftey. Trained technicians assist the surgeon in monitoring the patient throughout the procedure.  We utilize a variety of pain control medications before, during and after surgery to ensure that your pet is as comfortable as possible. We can also schedule a board certified veterinary surgeon to handle complicated surgeries in our hospital or we can refer them to Veterinary Specialists of Alaska to ensure that your pet has the very best care available.

Important Information for Your Pet’s Surgery

  • Pick up your pet’s food at bedtime the evening before the surgery.
  • Water is OK until the time of surgery in most cases.
  • Drop-off time is between 7:45 am and 8:00 am the morning of the surgery.
  • Give your pet ample opportunity to use the bathroom before dropping them off for surgey.
  • Routine surgeries go home the same day in the afternoon.
  • Declaws spend the night and are released midmorning or later the following day.
  • Sutures are placed under the skin in most routine surgeries and don’t require a return trip for suture removal.
  • Most surgical procedures require that you restrict your pet’s activity for 10 days following surgery.
  • Twenty four hour notice or more is appreciated if you need to  cancel.