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Butler Creek Vets

The veterinarians at Butler Creek Animal Hospital are skilled in many types of routine and emergency soft tissue surgeries, as well as dental surgery.

  • Ovariohysterectomy (spay) and castration (neuters)

  • Intestinal surgery - includes laparotomy (exploratory) surgeries

  • Gastropexy (Stomach Tack)

  • Bladder surgery - includes unblocking the urethra and cystotomies (bladder stone removal)

  • Mass/tumor removal, biopsies

  • Wound repairs

  • Dental work - dental prophylaxis (cleaning), tooth extractions, removal of oral growths

  • Other procedures like enucleations, amputations, anal sac infusions, etc

 

Butler Creek's veterinarians utilize some of the latest and safest anesthetics to develop anesthesia and pain management plans specific to the needs of each pet.

 

Each patient is closely monitored before surgery, during the procedure, and after surgery until discharge time. Monitoring a patient under anesthesia is a combination of technology and skilled personnel. We utilize the Surgivet anesthesia monitor. This records a continuous ECG, heart rate, breathing rate, oxygen levels, carbon dioxide levels, blood pressure, and blood oxygen levels. However, the most important part of patient monitoring is having a skilled assistant or technician by the patient's side through the entire procedure. 

 

We employ a registered veterinary technician who assists the doctors in most surgeries, monitors the patients under anesthesia, and assures every patient and client is treated the way we would want our own pets treated. Registered veterinary technicians undergo additional schooling and are required to pass a state and national board exam, ensuring a higher level of expertise. In order to maintain their licensure, they must also attend many hours of continuing education to make sure their knowledge and techniques are kept up to date.

For the safety of our patients, all of our surgeries performed under general anesthesia are typically required to have the following:

  • Pre-anesthetic examination on the day of surgery by the veterinarian performing the procedure and consists of:

    • a systematic visual inspection of the pet's head, face, eyes, ears, mouth, limbs, and body

    • palpation (feeling with the hands) of the body's outer surface (skin, fur, muscles, etc.), and internal abdominal organs (liver, kidneys, intestines, bladder, etc.)

    • auscultation (listening with a stethoscope) to the heart, lungs, and gastrointestinal system.

  • Bloodwork​​:

    • Pre-surgical bloodwork typically consists of two different blood tests. The first test is called a 

      • Complete Blood Count (or CBC) - This basic blood test shows us the levels of red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets, which can be helpful in diagnosing anemia (low red blood cells), systemic infections, and potential blood clotting deficiencies.

      • Chemistry - Shows the veterinarian how the kidneys and the liver are working. These organs especially do not usually start to show noticeable symptoms of disease on the outside until quite advanced, and the kidneys and the liver play a huge part in how the body metabolizes all of the sedative/anesthetic medications the animal will be given before and during surgery. Because of this, it is very important for us to know there are no kidney or liver issues before we put your pet under anesthesia, especially if they are older. It also may determine which post-operative medications are prescribed.

    • Even young puppies and kittens coming in for a routine spay or neuter can benefit from running pre-surgical bloodwork. The veterinarian can spot early signs of countless diseases this way and can get a better idea of how anesthesia may affect your pet. These signs will often show up on blood work before you notice any changes on the outside, so even they may seem completely normal to you there could be something going on inside their body. If they do see anything concerning, they may want to cancel or postpone the surgery and deal with that problem first to make surgery and anesthesia as safe and successful as possible for your animal.

    • Gives the veterinarian a chance to potentially alter their typical drug protocol for sedation and anesthesia to a combination of different medications that are safer for your specific pet. ​

  • IV catheter/fluids - and fluids are recommended to maintain your pet's blood pressure and decrease the risks of organ damage from decreased blood pressure, prevent dehydration, and to aid in recovery, as well as to provide a life-line in the event of an emergency.

  • IV anesthetics

  • Antiemetic - An antiemetic is a drug that is effective against vomiting and nausea. Antiemetics are typically used to treat motion sickness and the side effects of opioid analgesics, general anesthetics, and chemotherapy directed against cancer.

  • Post-operative medication(s)

 

Currently, we schedule surgeries on Mon, Tues and Fri

Pre-op appts for paperwork and bloodwork should be scheduled prior to surgery because

Surgery day for your pet is scheduled based on your veterinarian preference, 

We always welcome your questions. If you would like to consult us about surgery for your pet, call us, email us, or schedule an appointment. We will be happy to answer your questions. You are also welcome to tour the surgery facilities at any time. It is best if we are able to see your pet and examine it in order to provide the best advice regarding surgery.