We offer a wide range of veterinary surgical procedures for pets at our Boulder County animal hospital, following strict surgical protocols.
During each surgery, a dedicated nurse will administer anesthesia and continuously monitor your pet using electronic patient monitoring equipment. Medication for pain management will also be provided so your pet is comfortable.
Post-operative monitoring and pain management are our priorities following surgery. Your vet will also provide you with detailed instructions for post-operative care at home.
What to Expect from Veterinary Surgery
We pride ourselves on always keeping you fully informed about why we are recommending a surgical procedure and regarding any post-operative care your pet will need at home. We employ strict surgical protocols at our clinic.
At Lafayette Companion Animal Hospital, we perform medical and emergency surgeries to help treat disease and conditions in pets or to repair injuries sustained through trama.
Our Boulder County vets routinely perform the following elective and non-elective surgeries:
- Spaying & Neutering
When we spay or neuter a cat or dog, we surgically sterilize them to prevent unwanted litters, disease and provide them with an extended life expectancy.
- Soft Tissue
For pets suffering from ear, nose, and throat disorders, we offer a range of soft tissue surgical procedures.
These procedures are also available for oncological, urogenital, gastrointestinal, cardiothoracic, and skin disorders.
During Caesarean sections, we need to surgically remove puppies or kittens from their mother's uterus.
C-sections are typically performed when the mother is unable to give birth naturally.
If your pet is experiencing pain, redness, or other symptoms in or around their eyes, they may need ocular surgery.
Common ocular procedures for cats and dogs include eyelid tumor removal, cataract surgery, ectropion surgery, entropion surgery, exenteration of the orbit, and surgery to repair cherry eye.
If your cat or dog requires a veterinary surgical specialist to perform the surgery, our veterinarians will refer you to a pet surgeon near Boulder County and work closely with your animal surgeon to ensure that your pet receives the best possible care.
- Foreign Body
Sometimes, foreign objects are ingested or can get stuck inside a cat's or dog's body.
Whether your pet has eaten an object they shouldn't have or an accident has left them injured, we can perform foreign body surgery to remove it.
In some cases, specialized skills or equipment are needed to perform pet surgery. If that is the case for your animal, your vet will refer you to a cat or dog surgeon near Boulder County and work closely with your veterinary surgeon to ensure that your dog or cat receives the very best care.
Wounds occur when living tissue has been cut, torn, burnt, broken, or otherwise damaged in some way.
It's imperative that these wounds be cleaned, disinfected, and appropriately cared for by a qualified veterinarian as soon as possible.
- Orthopedic Surgery
Orthopedic surgeries correct injuries and diseases of the bones, ligaments, joints, tendons, and other skeletal structures in your pet. If your dog or cat is suffering from a condition or injury that requires advanced specialized care your vet will refer your dog or cat to a vet surgeon near Boulder County.
- Dental Surgery
Our veterinarians provide dental surgeries for dogs and cats. These surgeries can range from tooth extractions to gum disease treatment and jaw fracture repairs.
The Surgery Process
We understand that the idea of bringing your beloved pet in for surgery can be scary. Please be assured that surgical recommendations are given only when it is in your pet's best interest.
We want to make sure that you fully understand why we are recommending surgery and that you are comfortable making the decision to proceed.
If your pet requires advanced care, our vets will refer you to a veterinary surgeon near Boulder County, and work closely with your vet surgeon to ensure that your pet receives the best possible care.
Surgical protocols at our clinic:
Pre-surgical assessments. We will confirm the specifics of the procedure, complete a physical examination of the patient, and make sure blood tests have been completed and reviewed by the vet in order to determine if your pet faces any risk from the anesthesia.
Dedicated surgical suites. Surgeries are performed in a dedicated surgical area. This room is kept completely sterile to prevent infection or cross-contamination.
Surgical attire. Our staff wear disposable caps and masks at all times when they are in the sterile surgical suite. Those involved in the procedure itself will also wear single-use disposable gloves and sterile gowns.
Sterile packs and equipment. We carefully clean, sterilize and wrap our surgical instruments prior to every surgery.