Your Pet's Surgery

Surgical Services

Our doctors are experienced in many types of surgeries and procedures. Advanced dentistry, soft tissue, laser, and orthopedic surgical services are some of these. We are proud to offer laparoscopic surgery services as well.

The Highest Standards of Care for your Pets

It is our goal for each patient to have the safest, most stress-free experience possible. We follow the American Animal Hospital Association's highest surgical standards for the safety and comfort of your pet. We understand your concerns about your pet undergoing surgery. We hope to provide comfort to you by explaining some of our standards of care and are here to answer any questions you may have.

What Sets Duluth Animal Hospital Apart

We do preoperative exams and blood testing on every patient to ascertain there are no underlying issues with organ function, blood imbalances, or anemia that could cause complications. Your pet's past anesthetic history, breed, pre-existing conditions, and age are also factors used to determine your pet's personalized anesthesia protocol. Our use of the highest-grade anesthesia combined with intravenous fluids on every patient helps ensure the safest possible procedure.

Customized Anesthesia Protocol

It is our commitment to provide personalized, minute-by-minute monitoring for each patient. We use specially trained technicians alongside our surgeons to effectively monitor anesthesia during every operation. This technician monitors the pet's respiration, blood pressure, temperature, anesthetic depth, oxygen saturation, and heart function through EKG. Intense monitoring and comprehensive pain control before, during, and after surgery make for the most comfortable recovery for your pet.

Pain Management is Priority at Duluth Animal Hospital

Each patient receives individual nursing care during their recovery to ensure they wake safely and comfortably with their nurse. Not only does pain hurt, it can also slow healing, decrease activity, and cause behavioral changes such as aggression, anxiety, and depression. We are dedicated to take steps to help your pet have the fastest, most comfortable post-operative experience possible. We use the best, safest medications available. Acupuncture can also be used as a part of pain management for your loved one.

Laparoscopy

Duluth Animal Hospital is proud to make laparoscopic surgical services available to our pet owners. As with human medicine, laparoscopic surgery use for animals is minimally-invasive, lowering the risk of post-operative complications, and is proven to be less painful than traditional surgery. According to the Journal of the Veterinary Medical Association, laparoscopic spays had 65 percent less post-operative pain than traditional open surgery spays and overall less surgical stress. There is also less risk of infection of the uterus and inflammation of the lining of the uterus.

Use of Laparoscopic surgery for Cryptorchidism (retained testicle) is also highly effective. Cryptorchidism is a defect present at birth where one testicle remains inside your pet's abdominal captivity, and never descends to the scrotum. Laparoscopic surgery requires a much smaller incision and better visualization of the target area compared to traditional open surgery.

The laparoscopic assisted Gastropexy procedure involves tacking the stomach to reduce the chance of Gastric Dilation and Volvulus (GVD). This is also faster with less complications than the traditional surgery.

These techniques are performed through very small incisions and magnified images of the internal organs are visible on a high definition monitor, offering better visualization & surgical precision. The benefits include a much quicker return to normal activity, a lower risk of infection, less bleeding, and less post-operative pain and inflammation for the patients.

Laparoscopic surgery is becoming a viable alternative for pet owners wanting to provide a human-level of surgical care for their pets.

Laser Surgery

Lasers are a minimally invasive alternative to traditional surgery. Lasers can replace scalpels in many procedures, improving many surgical procedures by making them simpler with more precision and control and reducing risk. The reduction in bleeding results in clearer and drier surgical sites. This enables surgeries that are not practical with conventional methods, and are useful for a wide range of conditions, such as cyst, tumor, and wart removal and more.

Laser Surgery Benefits for Patients


Less Bleeding: As it cuts, the laser seals small blood vessels. This drastic reduction in bleeding enables a number of new surgical procedures that are not as practical with conventional scalpel.

Less Pain: The laser beam seals nerve endings and lymphatics, resulting in less edema and pain. The patient experiences a far more comfortable recovery.

Less Risk of Infection: This is one of the unique features of the laser beam. It efficiently kills bacteria in its path, producing a sterilizing effect.

Quicker Recovery Time: Reduced risk of infection, less bleeding, less pain and less swelling often allow the patient a far quicker recovery after the surgery.

Orthopedic

Orthopedic issues are common in many pets, especially canines. We provide a range of services, from screening and diagnosis to treatment for several conditions. These include surgical ACL repair options such as TTA and lateral suture, patella luxation, as well as fracture repairs and FHO hip surgeries. We also work with owners to create post-operative physical therapy regimens and comprehensive pain management.

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