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Anesthesia and Surgery


At BPPH we believe strongly in only the best anesthetic techniques. Every pet has pre-anesthetic blood work performed, an IV catheter placed, IV fluids administered during and following the procedure and multiple checks after the procedure has been completed.

The importance of pre-anesthetic blood work cannot be overstated. Anesthetic gas and medications are processed through the liver and kidneys, and it is essential to know these organs are functioning normally before going under anesthesia. If there are abnormalities different protocols will be used. IV catheters enable us to administer medications at quickly, which is less stressful for the pet and essential should complications arise. IV fluids help to maintain blood pressure and assure hydration.

While under anesthesia your pet is constantly monitored by a certified technician using the following equipment

  • EKG – heart rate and rhythm
  • Pulse oximetry – blood oxygen level
  • Capnography – carbon dioxide levels in the lungs
  • Blood pressure
  • Body temperature

We are strong proponents of pain management. Before entering the operating room your pet will get a combination of pain medications to ensure they have taken full effect prior you pet waking up from anesthesia. With some procedures, local or regional anesthesia is also used to ensure a minimally painful recovery. Patients are also given additional medication later in the day if needed.


A CO2 laser is used for most cutting procedures. By using a laser in place of a scalpel blade, we can reduce bleeding, swelling and pain at the incision site. It also speeds up the recovery time.

Elective surgeries performed at BPPH

  • Ovariohysterectomy – also known as a spay procedure. This is the removal of the entire uterus and both ovaries from the female.
  • Neuter – removal of both testicles from the male dog.
  • Declaw – this is the amputation of the last digit in all of the front toes of a cat. The laser provides a significant decrease in swelling and pain. By combining this technology with local blocks and pain medication, your cat will wake up more comfortably and will soon be back to normal activities .

Non-elective surgeries commonly performed at BPPH

  • Lumpectomy – removal of masses or tumors from the body
  • Cystotomy – removal of stones from the bladder
  • Abdominal exploratory surgery – assess the organs in the abdominal cavity, and possibly obtain biopsy samples or remove foreign objects from the GI tract
  • Pyometra surgery – an emergency spay, when a female pet’s uterus becomes infected and needs to be immediately removed.
  • Orthopedic and specialty surgery – For these procedures we call in highly trained board certified surgical specialists. These surgeons have had additional schooling, training, and certifications to ensure only the best for your pet during these procedures.