Veterinary Service

Pet Surgical Services

At Circle C Animal Hospital in Austin, TX, we prioritize your pet’s well-being with specialized surgical care by catering to your furry friend’s unique needs.

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Comprehensive Surgical Solutions

From routine surgeries to complex procedures, our veterinary team is well-equipped to handle a wide array of surgical interventions. Rest assured; your pet is in capable hands at Circle C Animal Hospital. Our commitment to excellence ensures that your pet receives the best care available.

A Caring Approach to Pet Surgery

We believe in providing more than just medical services; we deliver compassionate care throughout your pet’s surgical journey. Our team takes the time to listen to your concerns, answer your questions, and guide you through the entire process. Your peace of mind is as important to us as your pet’s health.

Why Choose Our Pet Surgical Services?

At Circle C Animal Hospital, your pet’s health and well-being are our top priorities, and our team’s expertise ensures that your furry family member receives the best possible surgical care:

Experienced Veterinary Team:

Our skilled veterinarians bring years of experience to the operating table, ensuring precision and expertise in every procedure.

Modern Facilities:

Circle C Animal Hospital boasts modern surgical facilities with advanced technology to support the best possible surgical outcomes.

Focus on Comfort:

We prioritize your pet’s comfort throughout their surgical experience, from pre-operation preparation to post-operative care.

Transparent Communication:

We believe in keeping you informed. Our team communicates openly about the surgical process, expected outcomes, and post-operative care instructions.

Tailored Surgical Plans

Understanding that each pet is unique, we develop personalized surgical plans to address their specific needs whether it’s a routine spay/neuter or a more complex procedure, our veterinarians consider the individual characteristics of your pet to ensure the best possible outcome.

Your Pet’s Health, Our Priority

When it comes to pet surgical services in Austin, TX, Circle C Animal Hospital is your trusted partner. We prioritize the health and happiness of your pets, providing unparalleled care with a compassionate touch. Rest easy knowing that your furry family member is in the capable hands of our dedicated veterinary team. For more information or to schedule a consultation, contact us today. Your pet’s well-being is our top priority.

Surgical FAQ’s

What You Need to Know Before Your Pet’s Upcoming Surgery
Many people have questions about various aspects of their pet’s surgery, and we hope this information will help. It also explains the decisions you will need to make before your pet’s upcoming surgery.

Is the anesthetic safe?

Today’s modern anesthetic monitors have made surgery much safer than in the past. Here at Circle C Animal Hospital, we do a thorough physical exam on your pet before administering anesthetics to ensure that a fever or other illness won’t be a problem. We also adjust the amount and type of anesthetic used depending on your pet’s size and health. The handout on anesthesia explains this in greater detail.

Preanesthetic blood testing is important in reducing the risk of anesthesia. Every pet should have blood testing before surgery to ensure the liver and kidneys can handle the anesthetic. Even apparently healthy animals can have serious organ system problems that cannot be detected without blood testing. If there is a problem, it is much better to find it before it causes anesthetic or surgical complications. Animals that have minor dysfunction will handle the anesthetic better if they receive IV fluids during surgery. If serious problems are detected, surgery can be postponed until the problem is corrected.

We offer comprehensive in-house blood testing before surgery, which we will go over with you when you bring your pet in. Surgery must be done on an empty stomach to reduce the risk of vomiting during and after anesthesia. You will need to withhold food for at least 8 to 10 hours before surgery. Water can be left down for the pet until the morning of surgery.

Will my pet have stitches?

For many surgeries, we use absorbable sutures underneath the skin. These will dissolve on their own and do not need to be removed later. Some surgeries, especially tumor removals, do require skin stitches. With either type of suture, you will need to keep an eye on the incision for swelling or discharge. Most dogs and cats do not lick excessively or chew at the incision, but this is an occasional problem you will also need to watch for. If there are skin sutures, these will usually be removed 10 to 14 days after surgery. You will also need to limit your pet’s activity level for a time, and no baths are allowed for the first 10 days after surgery.

Will my pet be in pain?

Pets may not show the same symptoms of pain as people do; they usually don’t whine or cry, but you can be sure they feel it. Pain medications needed will depend on the surgery performed. Major procedures require more pain relief than things like minor lacerations.

For dogs, we may recommend an oral anti-inflammatory the day after surgery and several days after to lessen the risk of discomfort and swelling. We use newer medications, which are less likely to cause stomach upset and can be given even on the morning of surgery. Please do not ever give your pet over-the-counter human medication without consulting with us. Even a single dose of certain medications can have disastrous or even fatal effects on your pet.

Because cats do not tolerate standard pain medications such as aspirin, ibuprofen, or Tylenol, we are limited in what we can give them. Recent advances in pain medications have allowed for better pain control in cats than ever before. We administer a pain injection 20 minutes prior to surgery. After surgery, pain medication is given on a case-by-case basis. Any animal that appears in pain will receive additional pain medication.

We use narcotic patches for some surgeries in dogs as well. The cost will depend on the size of the dog. Injectable pain medications may also be used after surgery on both dogs and cats. Providing whatever pain relief is appropriate is a humane and caring thing to do for your pet.

What other decisions do I need to make?

While your pet is under anesthesia, it is the ideal time to perform other minor procedures, such as dentistry, ear cleaning, or implanting an identification microchip. If you would like an estimate for these extra services, please call ahead of time. This is especially important if the person dropping the pet off for surgery is not the primary decision-maker for the pet’s care.

When you bring your pet in for surgery, we will need 5 to 10 minutes of time to fill out paperwork and make decisions on the blood testing and other options available. When you pick up your pet after surgery, you can also plan to spend about 10 minutes going over your pet’s home care needs.

We will call you the night before your scheduled surgery appointment to confirm the time you will be dropping your pet off and answer any questions you might have. In the meantime, please don’t hesitate to call us with any questions about your pet’s health or surgery.