We treat all patients like they are our own pets! During surgery, we utilize Certified Veterinary Technicians to monitor your pet's anesthesia continuously, and our doctors attend continuing education to stay abreast of the latest anesthetic options for our patients.
When you book an appointment for surgery, we will make sure that your pet has had recent blood work. This allows us to check organ function and to ensure that there are no sources of active infection in the body. Based on your pet's lab results and exam history, your doctor will discuss any relevant anesthetic risks with you prior to the procedure day.
When your pet is admitted to the hospital, a Technician will go over the procedure, consent form, and any questions you might have. After procedures are complete, we will call and let you know when your pet is recovering from surgery. For most procedures, we will schedule a dismissal time with you the same day.
At Care Animal Hospital, we believe in having open and balanced conversations about all of our care. From routine care such as vaccinations and blood work to surgery, we want you to be comfortable with your pet's treatment plan and its cost. Please ask all of your questions and, if it is helpful, schedule a consultation appointment with one of our doctors to go over your pet's proposed treatment options in detail to help you select the most appropriate care.
If your pet needs specialized care that is beyond the expertise of our veterinarians, we will arrange a consultation with an expert. Among other specialists, we work with Dr. Randy Willer of Front Range Mobile Surgical Specialists, Dr. Karen Sanderson of Rocky Mountain Veterinary Cardiology and with the research and treatment specialists at the Colorado State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital. Dr. Willer performs complex orthopedic and other surgical procedures at our hospital and Dr. Sanderson is available for cardiology consultation and treatment.
After performing a complete examination and reviewing your pet's medical state, we will discuss treatment options that may include surgery and put together a plan that suits the needs of both you and your pet.
If surgery is recommended, you can feel comfortable knowing that our doctors will provide appropriate pain relief so that pain is identified and treated if present. Visual assessment and recording of vital signs is done by one of our trained veterinary surgical technicians. A technician is present during the entire surgery and recovery process to maintain the safety and comfort of your pet. We believe that keeping our patients safe and comfortable before, during and after surgery is of the greatest importance and an essential component of your pet's care.