Veterinary Surgery

Our vets in Montecito vets perform numerous surgical procedures, including veterinary soft tissue surgery, dental surgery, spay & neuter procedures and more. 

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Surgery for Cats & Dogs

When we perform surgical procedures for cats and dogs at our Montecito clinic, we use stringent surgical protocols and surgical techniques. 

During each surgery, a dedicated nurse will administer anesthesia and use electronic patient monitoring equipment to continuously monitor your pet. We also provide pain management. 

Following surgery, our priorities shift to post-operative monitoring and pain management. You will also receive thorough instructions for at-home care from your vet. 

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What to Expect from Surgery

We commit to always keeping you fully informed about why a surgical procedure is being recommended, and to explaining any post-operative care your pet will require at home. We practice stringent surgical protocols at our clinic. 

Surgical Procedures

At Montecito Pet Hospital, our vets perform medical and emergency surgeries to help treat conditions and diseases in pets or to repair injuries sustained during trauma. 

Our vets in Montecito routinely perform these elective and non-elective surgeries:

  • Soft Tissue Surgery

    For pets suffering from ear, nose and throat disorders, we offer soft tissue surgical procedures. Our doctors are skilled in many advanced soft-tissue surgeries such as splenectomies (removal of spleen), cystotomies (bladder stone removal), ophthalmic (eye) surgeries such as "cherry-eye" or entropion (rolling in of eyelid), etc. 

    These procedures are also available for hepatic, urogenital, oncological, cardiothoracic, gastrointestinal and skin disorders. Please inquire for many other surgerical services not listed here.

  • Mass Removal

    Cats and dogs can develop masses associated with the skin. They can also grow inside a body cavity and can be serious or life-threatening.

    Mass removal surgery is a fairly common procedure for both cats and dogs.

  • 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 Montecito and work closely with your veterinary surgeon to ensure that your dog or cat receives the very best care.

  • Wounds

    Wounds occur when living tissue has been cut, broken, burnt, torn or otherwise damaged.

    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 orthopedic surgery, your vet will refer your dog or cat to a board-certified specialist near Montecito.

  • Spaying & Neutering

    When we spay or neuter a cat or dog, we surgically sterilize them to prevent disease and provide them with an extended life expectancy. 

  • 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 bringing your pet in for surgery can be a frightening prospect. Please rest assured that we only recommend surgery when it's in the best interests of your furry friend. 

We will make sure you fully understand why we are recommending surgery, and that you are comfortable making the choice to move ahead. 

If your pet needs advanced care, our vets will refer you to a veterinary surgeon near Montecito, and work closely with your veterinary surgical specialist to ensure your pet gets the best possible care. 

Surgical protocols at our clinic include:

Pre-surgical assessments. We will confirm the specifics of the procedure, perform 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 of anesthesia-related complications.

Dedicated surgical suites. Surgeries are performed in a dedicated surgical suite. This room is kept completely sterile to prevent infection and cross-contamination.

Surgical attire. At all times when they are in the surgical suite, our staff wear surgical caps and gowns. Those involved in the procedure itself will also wear sterile gowns and single-use gloves.

Sterile packs and equipment. We carefully clean, sterilize and wrap our surgical instruments and equipment prior to every surgery.

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