The veterinarians at Butler Creek Animal Hospital are skilled in many types of routine and emergency soft tissue surgeries, as well as dental surgery. Some of the more common procedures our veterinarians routinely perform:

  • Ovariohysterectomy (spay) and castration (neuters)

  • Intestinal surgery - includes laparotomy (exploratory) surgeries

  • Mass/tumor removal, biopsies

  • Wound repairs

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

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

  • Gastropexy (Stomach Tack)

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

Our veterinarians utilize some of the latest and safest anesthetics to develop anesthesia and pain management plans specific to the needs of your specific 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. However, the most important part of patient monitoring is having a skilled assistant or technician by the patient's side through the entire procedure. Registered veterinary technicians undergo additional schooling and are required to pass a national board exam, ensuring a higher level of expertise. In order to maintain their licensure for Georgia, 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 

  • Bloodwork

  • IV catheter/fluids 

  • Antiemetic injection

  • IV anesthetics

  • Post-operative medication(s)

For a detailed explanation of why each of these components is important, please visit the Surgical Protocol page!

Generally, we schedule surgeries on Monday, Tuesday, and Friday, but will do our best to accommodate your busy schedule but also understand that some emergency surgical situations are unplanned. Our team will take the necessary steps to ensure that your pet is treated as soon as possible.


Standard pre-operative appointments should be scheduled prior to your pet's procedure to fill out the necessary paperwork, run the appropriate bloodwork, as well as go over anything you'll need to know in the days leading up to your pet's surgery. This also gives you a chance to ask any questions you have regarding the procedure and post-operative care.


We always encourage you to ask questions! We know the thought of your pet having surgery can be extremely stressful which is why we wanted to include detailed information on our surgery process as well as the tools we use to guarantee your pet is as safe as possible before, during, and after their surgery. Our veterinarians and staff are here to reassure you that you and your pet are in the best hands possible!

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