“From the technicians to Dr. Ina Obernesser herself, the practical, cautious and loving way they treat animlas is extremely comforting.”
Dr. Obernesser performs a range of surgeries in our facility. We also work with a visiting board certified surgeon to provide care for patients requiring advanced procedures, both orthopedic and soft tissue. For pets requiring emergency surgery, we partner with local surgical specialists to provide immediate care.
- Presurgical assesments
- Presurgical assessments are a critical component of anesthesia and dramatically reduce the risk of procedures. Your pet’s surgery day will start with bloodwork and a full physical exam. If either suggests anesthesia is contraindicated, we will call you immediately and discuss a new plan. In some cases, we may recommend running lab work before surgery day, in order to check specific tests indicated by your pet’s risk factors.
- General anesthesia
- General anesthesia carries specific risks, which we take very seriously. We schedule anesthetic procedures for specific days and times, when our best trained staff are available with no distractions to ensure your pet receives the individual attention necessary for a smooth anesthesia, procedure, and recovery. During anesthesia your pet will be on IV fluids with a dedicated technician working with the surgeon to monitor heart rate, breathing, blood pressure, oxygenation, and comfort. Our doctors work with boardcertified anesthesiologists to develop anesthetic and pain management protocols for all our patients’ needs.
- Surgical procedures The most common surgeries we perform are routine spays and neuters, mass removals, and dental cleanings. We also perform a range of abdominal and orthopedic procedures as needed. If you feel your pet is in need of a specific surgical procedure, please contact us to schedule an exam and consultation with Dr. Obernesser.
- Dental cleanings are a critical component of healthcare for our pets, just as they are for us. Dental disease (the buildup of tartar and bacteria which causes gingivitis and root infections) is a progressive disease that all dogs and cats will eventually experience. We will check your pet’s teeth and gums during each visit and discuss the degree of dental disease present, what can be done at home, and when a full cleaning should be scheduled. If any teeth are compromised we are prepared to extract them to allow the surrounding tissues to remain healthy.
- We perform all of our dental cleanings under general anesthesia.
- This is a critical component of a thorough dental cleaning as it ensures your pet is comfortable and allows us to use powered instruments to clean the teeth completely. We clean not only the visible teeth, but also those in the far back of the mouth, and hidden surfaces underneath the gum line. This is something an awake dog or cat simply will not allow as it can be uncomfortable (not to mention scary) to have a loud instrument inside of the mouth. Please read above for more information on how we prepare all of our patients for anesthesia and work hard to make sure they stay safe during and after the procedure.
- The recovery period following surgery is critical to ensure your pet heals well and does not encounter complications. Depending on the procedure, your pet may come home the same day or stay with us for one or two nights. At discharge we will carefully go through all your pet needs from you to make a smooth recovery, and we’ll schedule appropriate recheck appointment(s) to follow up.