The entire staff at Gieb Veterinary Clinic pride ourselves on providing the highest quality surgical protocols and patient monitoring to insure the best possible outcome for all of our surgery patients. We offer many individual options for these patients including comprehensive pre-surgical lab-work to insure that your pet is in the best possible health prior to being anesthetized, post surgical therapy laser treatment to speed healing and minimize inflammation and scarring from surgical incisions as well as specially tailored pain management options for all patients to minimize the pain and discomfort associated with surgery.
We are happy to discuss all of our surgical protocols and elective options with any of our clients who are planning to have their pet in for surgery at any time.
Our routine surgical procedures include:
Neuter (castration for male animals) which is typically recommended to be performed between 5-6 months of age for dogs and cats. Neutering is an essential surgery to prevent unwanted breeding as well as reducing unwanted testosterone based behaviors such as territorial aggression and running away (over 80% of dogs that are hit by cars are intact males). This is typically an “outpatient” procedure meaning that pets will usually go home the same day.
Spay (hysterectomy for female animals) which is typically recommended to be performed at 6 months of age for dogs and cats. Spaying your pet is essential to maintaining their health as well as reducing the growing population of unwanted pets that fill local shelters and lead to the euthanization of millions of healthy cats and dogs every year in America. Female dogs who are not spayed have a greatly increased risk of not only pregnancy, but many hormone dependent cancers and life threatening uterine infections. Like a neuter, spaying is typically a surgery where the patient would go home later the same day.
Feline declaw surgery is a procedure in which the claws on a cats front paws along with the outermost section of each toe are surgically amputated so that the claws do not grow back. This is a strictly cosmetic procedure with no real health benefits for the animal and is reserved for cases in which a strictly indoor cat is causing damage to the home or injuring family members with scratching and clawing, making it necessary to remove the claws in order to keep the pet welcome in the home. These patients will typically stay one night in the hospital to allow us to remove bandages the following day and recheck the patients feet prior to going home. They will usually be discharged by noon the day following surgery.
Newborn Tails & Dewclaws are often removed in several popular pure breeds for cosmetic or show purposes. This procedure must be performed when the pups are between 3 and 5 days old. Any younger and it is too physically traumatic and may result in systemic shock, any older and the pups pain perception senses are too developed to make the procedure humane. If you are expecting a litter of pups for which you would like tails docked and or declaws removed, please contact our office to discuss timing and keep the 3-5 day “window of opportunity” in mind when making plans for the litters arrival.
There are many other routine and emergency surgical procedures that our doctors can perform. We also have a contracted orthopedic surgeon who can perform more intricate orthopedic procedures here in our facility for our clients if needed. If you have questions regarding our surgical protocols or need to inquire about prices for specific routine surgical procedures you are welcome to call anytime during business hours and speak to one of our staff.
Existing surgery patients: Once you have scheduled your pet for surgery….
Surgery patients need to be checked in at the clinic between 7am and 8am. They are to have food and water only prior to 9pm the evening before their scheduled surgery and none thereafter including no breakfast. When going outside for morning “potty” time, please keep your pet on a leash and do not allow them to run free as they will likely find something on the ground to eat since they are hungry from being fasted.
Routine surgeries are performed on Monday through Friday.