When A Pet Needs Surgery

Despite the most aggressive preventative treatment, our pets may still 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 pet surgical services beyond those typically handled in general veterinary practices. Additionally, our close, collaborative relationships with area specialists ensures that should your pet be in need of specialty care, we are able to provide prompt and appropriate medical attention.
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Our Pet Surgery Capabilities

We understand that surgery is not an easy experience for you or 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 you and our patient. To that end, we 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. Additionally, our skilled surgeon, Dr. Brandon McBride, has years of experience performing advanced orthopedic surgeries including, CCL repair, luxating patella correction, and fracture repair, just to name a few.

Prior to Your Pet’s Surgical Procedure

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.

In addition to examining your pet, our staff performs a safety check on all tools and equipment as well as double checks operations just before the procedure begins. This allows us to maintain focus on your pet while simultaneously reducing the time your pet will be anesthetized.

To reduce your pet’s stress and promote comfort, we balance anesthetics with pre-anesthetic administration of analgesic and sedative drugs. Depending on the protocol used, this approach can also allow for a reduction in the amount of anesthetic required, making for a smoother recovery. 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.

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During Your Pet’s Surgical Procedure

Anesthesia and cardiovascular monitoring are integral aspects of every surgery we perform. At Comal Pet Hospital, 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. Our surgeon is kept steadily informed on your pet’s arterial oxygen level, blood pressure, heart rate, respiratory rate, and core body temperature throughout the procedure.

To maintain acceptable levels of your pet’s blood pressure, and to avoid dehydration, we place an IV catheter in our surgery patients which provides an immediate route for administration of fluids, especially in response to changes in blood pressure trends or to administer other medications as needed, during and after the procedure.

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. 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.

After Your Pet’s Surgical Procedure

Upon discharge you will be provided with specific home care information regarding what to expect during the recovery process as well as a thorough explanation of proper use and dosage of any post-operative and/or pain management medications we may provide. We will call you the next day or shortly after to check on your pet’s progress, however, should any questions arise, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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We Offer Full Pet Diagnostics

Radiology

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 heart worm disease or locate an obstruction or foreign body in your pet’s intestine or stomach. When used in conjunction with other diagnostic procedures, such as ultrasound, X-rays can assist our veterinarians in accurately diagnosing problems, making treatment faster and easier for your pet. 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.

Pet Ultrasound

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. While 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. 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. Additionally, ultrasounds are typically not stressful for your pet and take anywhere from 30 to 60 minutes to perform. At Comal Pet Hospital, we have our own in-house, point-of-care ultrasound, allowing us to provide your pet with bedside diagnostics. In the event a more specialized exam is required, we work with a New Braunfels area veterinary radiologist who, by appointment, provides our clients’ pets with a more detailed, comprehensive exam.

Veterinary Lab

Utilizing bloodwork values, urinalysis, fecal samples, biopsies, and other laboratory diagnostics beyond a physical examination is an important part of monitoring your pet’s health as well as diagnosing illness, often before clinical signs appear. At Comal Pet Hospital, our in-clinic laboratory equipment and relationship with local laboratories and pathologist allow us to provide timely and accurate information.

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