At Butler Creek Animal Hospital, we are fully equipped to provide a variety of surgical services for our patients. Veterinary surgery is safer than ever before! Our high standards of care and the use of high-quality surgical instruments, tools, and monitoring equipment by our experienced veterinarians and highly-trained staff ensures your pet receives the best care possible.
Surgical Monitoring Equipment - SurgiVet
We utilize state-of-the-art medical equipment for the delivery of anesthesia and monitoring of patients.
Our automated surgical monitoring tools also help make surgery more efficient. For your pet's added safety, they will not only be monitored by equipment but also by a specially assigned veterinary technician who will also be manually checking the patient's vitals.
The monitoring equipment we use provide real-time measurements of the following vitals:
Non-Invasive Blood Pressure (NIBP)
Continuous electrocardiography (ECG)
Digital Pulse Oximetry (SpO2) - Pulse Oximetry determines arterial oxygen saturation levels.
Sidestream Capnography (CO2) - Capnography provides a means to assess ventilation, the integrity of the airway and breathing circuit and cardiopulmonary function. End Tidal CO2 is the single most important value to assess if an anesthetized patient is breathing correctly and maintaining proper circulation.
Maintaining the patient's body temperature is absolutely vital during surgery and the recovery from anesthesia. While hypothermia during surgery is "normal", we have tools that help us prevent this from happening.
Heated Surgery Tables
Surprisingly, the use of a heated surgery table in veterinary operation rooms is not standard in most hospitals. Our surgery suite is equipped with two of these heated tables. The adjustable temperature allows us to customize the heating intensity based on the patient's individual needs. Geriatric, pediatric, and underweight pets tend to lose heat faster than a healthy adult. Heated blankets and water bottles that many clinics use lose heat quickly and compromise sterility, unlike the surgery tables that provide a consistent temperature beneath the pet.
Veterinary BedJet Warm Air System
The Vet BedJet warm air system provides warm air flow comfortably either from under or from the top downward over the anesthetized patient. The patients will recover more quickly and safely when doing any procedure requiring anesthesia or hypothermia prevention.
Simultaneous under-body warming with our heated surgery tables and over-body with the BedJet is critical because warming effectiveness is a function of surface area. Surgeries that have a lack of surface area available to warm have higher rates of hypothermia and require special attention. Under-body and over-body warming simultaneously will always be more effective than under-body or over-body warming individually.
Another specialized tool the veterinarians at Butler Creek Animal Hospital utilize is electrocautery. Also known as thermal cautery, cautery refers to a process in which a direct or alternating current is passed through a resistant metal wire electrode, generating heat. The heated electrode is then applied to living tissue to achieve hemostasis or varying degrees of tissue destruction.
In some cases, electrocautery is a less invasive alternative to traditional surgery. Electrocautery replaces scalpels in many procedures and is useful for a wide range of conditions such as cyst, tumor, and wart removal. This technology can even be used in declawing. Electrocautery procedures result in less pain, less bleeding and less swelling for your pet than compared with traditional surgery with scalpels. Electrocautery requires less anesthesia time and also reduces the risk of post-operative infection and discomfort.