The entire staff at Indian Hills Animal Clinic understands that the decision to allow your precious pet to undergo surgery is never an easy one. We strive to ensure that your pet's procedure is as comfortable and stress-free as possible.
Perhaps the most important pre-surgical step is to discuss why we believe a particular procedure is necessary and what it entails. We will provide you with information on proper postoperative care and answer any questions you may have so that you feel comfortable knowing you are making the right choice for your pet.
We regularly perform many types of Tuscaloosa elective veterinary surgeries, including but not limited to:
We perform tumor or tissue mass excisions, lymph node removal, stomach-feeding tube placement, gastrointestinal foreign body removal, bladder stone removal, exploratory, liver or intestinal biopsy, anal sac removal and wound management.
Dr. Smith performs minor bone fracture repair such as intramedullary pin and wire placement. We make referrals to Veterinary Surgery of Birmingham for complicated fracture repair or inter-vertebral disk disease (of the back). He also performs minor surgery on birds and small mammals such as rabbits, ferrets and guinea pigs.
Ensuring the health and safety of your pet during surgery is our utmost concern and requires an anesthetic and monitoring regimen that adheres to the highest principles and ideals of quality care.
We provide your pet with state-of-the-art anesthetic administration that is monitored by our skilled veterinary technicians. Prior to surgery, your pet is examined by a veterinarian and a pre-surgical blood screen may be performed. The results of these tests and your pet's past anesthetic history, breed, preexisting conditions, and age are used to create an individualized anesthesia protocol for your pet.
While under anesthesia your pet is cared for by one of our well-trained and experienced veterinary technicians using our monitoring system which tracks blood pressure, heart rate, respiratory rate, body temperature, and oxygen level.
At Indian Hills Animal Clinic, we use pre-surgical injection pain medications and dispense post-surgical pain medication to owners for their recovering pet.
We use pain management in patients with painful conditions such as pancreatitis, urinary tract disease, arthritis, and for injured pets. For acute and chronic conditions, we use all our available and safe resources, including NSAIDS (non-steroidal medications), oral and injectable analgesics, for the complete comfort of your pet.