We care for them as if they were our own.
Comal Pet Hospital in New Braunfels works each day to provide you and your pet with the highest level of service within a warm, safe and welcoming facility.
Despite the most aggressive preventative treatment, our pets may yet experience a periodic illness or injury. The skill, experience and extensive education of the doctors at Comal Pet Hospital allow us to effectively manage complex medical and surgical challenges beyond those typically handled in general veterinary practices. Additionally, our tight, collaborative relationships with area specialists means that when your pet needs specialty care, we are able to help you ensure your pet receives prompt and appropriate care.
We understand that surgery is not an easy experience for you and your pet. At Comal Pet Hospital we strive to ensure your pet's surgical procedure is as comfortable and stress-free as possible for both our patients and their parents. To that end, we also endeavor to provide our clients with a clear understanding of why a particular procedure is necessary, what the procedure entails, proper post-operative care, and convey any other information you may need to feel comfortable with your decision regarding your pet’s procedure. Staffed by a team of highly trained New Braunfels veterinarians and experienced veterinary technicians, we are proud of the quality of surgical care we provide and the wide range of surgical procedures we offer.
Beyond spays and neuters, Comal Pet Hospital performs an array of more complicated soft tissue surgeries such as tumor removal, wound repair and management, cystotomy, gastropexy, splenectomy and more. Our skilled surgeon also has years of experience preforming advanced orthopedic surgeries including, feline declawing, CCL repair, luxating patella correction, fracture repair just to name a few.
Your Pet’s Surgical Procedure at Comal Pet Hospital
Pre-anesthetic examination hematology and blood chemistry Whether your pet is young or old, a pre-anesthetic physical exam will be performed with the necessary blood work to assure that your pet is as healthy as possible. This will help uncover any previously undiagnosed conditions and allow us to score their pain level to better customize medication needed before, during and after their procedure.
Pre-anesthetic equipment safety check
Just like your airline pilot checks all the instruments before takeoff, we check our equipment before administering anesthesia to your pet. Properly maintaining our tools and equipment to the manufactures’ specifications and double checking operations just before the procedure begins ensures that our focus is on your pet, not our equipment, and reduces the time your pet will be anesthetized.
Balanced anesthesia/pain management
It is our belief that identifying and relieving pain is important to the recovery of your pet. Therefore, pain management is an important aspect of our pre-, intra- and post-surgical protocols. To reduce anesthetic depth and duration, we balance anesthetics with pre-anesthetic administration of analgesic and sedative drugs. This helps reduce your pet’s stress and makes them more comfortable. Doing this also helps your pet remain calm so we can prepare them for the anesthetic procedure. Depending on the protocol use, this approach can also allow for a reduction in the amount of anesthetic required, making recover much smoother. At discharge, we may also send additional pain management medication home for your pet after providing a thorough explanation of its proper use and dosage.
Anesthesia & Monitoring
At Comal Pet Hospital, anesthesia is individualized for your pet based on a number of factors, which includes the type of procedure, his or her preexisting conditions, blood test values, age, breed, and prior anesthetic experience.
IV Catheterization & IV fluid therapy
Dehydration is a major risk factor in the development of hypotension (low blood pressure) during anesthesia and surgery. At Comal Pet Hospital we place an IV catheter in our surgery patients and highly recommend that fluids be administered during the procedure to maintain blood pressure at acceptable levels. The IV catheter is essential to provide an immediate route for administration of fluids during and after the procedure, especially in response to changes in blood pressure trends or to administer other medications as needed.
Hands-on and electronic monitoring
Anesthesia and cardiovascular monitoring are important, integral aspects of every surgery we perform. For this reason, we follow anesthetic monitoring recommendations set forth by the American College of Veterinary Anesthesiologists, and have invested in state-of-the-art, automated vital signs monitoring equipment specially designed for use on animals. A trained Veterinary Technician (Veterinary Nurse) will also be at your pet’s side, responding to feedback from the electronic monitoring system and using their hands-on clinical expertise to manage your pet’s proper anesthetic depth. The technician relays information regarding your pet’s arterial oxygen level, blood pressure, heart rate, respiratory rate, and core body temperature to the veterinarian who is apprised of your pet’s progress throughout the procedure.
Peri-operative temperature management
Studies have shown that managing a patient’s temperature during and after surgery greatly reduces the risk of anesthetic complications. Core body temperature directly affects how the body metabolizes anesthetics, so we use an array of warming methods to keep your pet’s temperature at the desired level. Monitored recovery and post-operative care You can be assured that your pet will be monitored during recovery and every accommodation will be made to ensure their warmth, comfort and well-being. We will also monitor certain vital signs so that any adverse responses are addressed immediately.
Upon discharge, you will be given specific instructions as to what to expect during the recovery process at your home and the use of post-operative medications to minimize pain and discomfort. We will call you the next day or shortly after to check on your pet’s progress. Should any questions arise, please do not hesitate to contact us.
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New Braunfels Full Pet Diagnostics
Radiographs (X-rays) are extremely helpful in diagnosing and monitoring many medical and surgical conditions. X-rays are useful in examining your pet's bones, lungs, heart, abdomen, oral cavity and other areas of the body. An X-ray can spot a fractured bone, detect tumors, help with the diagnosis of heartworm disease or locate an obstruction or foreign body in your pet's intestine or stomach. When used in conjunction with other diagnostic procedures like ultrasound, X-rays can assist your veterinarian to accurately diagnose problems, making treatment faster and easier for your pet. For these reasons, Comal Pet Hospital in New Braunfels has full onsite radiographic capabilities and maintains a close working relationship with an area radiologist for timely second opinions if the need arises.
Ultrasound is a pain-free, non-invasive technique that uses high-frequency sound waves to produce a real-time image of your pet's internal organs. Often considered more exact than radiographs, ultrasound provides a movie of what is happening inside your pet's body. It is particularly useful in viewing your pet's abdominal organs including the spleen, kidneys, liver, and gallbladder. It can also be used to evaluate heart functions, bladder scans and other areas such as the thyroid glands, testicles and mammary glands. Ultrasound also works well in conjunction with other diagnostic tools and a wide range of diagnostic procedures. For example, if an X-ray shows a lesion on your pet, an ultrasound can determine the origin of the lesion and whether it has spread elsewhere in your pet's body. Using the ultrasound image as a guide, surgical biopsies can be obtained without major surgery and your pet can often go home the same day. Ultrasounds are typically not stressful for your pet and take anywhere from 30 to 60 minutes to perform. Comal Pet Hospital works with a New Braunfels area veterinary radiologist who provides our clients' pets with ultrasound exams of the thorax and abdomen by appointment.
Comal Pet Hospital- Veterinary Lab
Performing preventative medicine as well as diagnosing hidden internal health issues requires the ability to perform a wide range of laboratory tests on blood, urine, feces, and biopsied tissue. Without timely access to precise laboratory test results—blood testing, biopsies, microscopic examinations, bacterial culture sensitivity, and more—it is difficult to make an accurate diagnosis or assessment of your pet's health. At Comal Pet Hospital we have a complete in-house laboratory that allows us to perform urinalysis, parasite identification, fungal cultures, and blood chemistry and hematology. We also work with a regional laboratory to provide more complicated testing and comprehensive analysis of our lab results.