Veterinary Surgery for Dogs, Cats, Birds & Exotic Pets From Community Animal Hospital in Morris County NJ

Veterinary Surgery for Dogs, Cats, Birds & Exotic Pets at Community Animal Hospital

Community Animal Hospital offers expertise in routine and complex surgery, as well as in diagnosing veterinary problems and injuries that require surgical intervention.

When it comes to your small animal companions, time is of the essence: an injured pet should always be considered critical until veterinary care can be initiated. In the same sense, by the time an animal is demonstrating visible symptoms of illness or injury, the condition is often advanced and treatment must begin at once.

Our hospital is equipped with special equipment such as incubators and isolation areas as well as special surgical equipment for exotics. In addition, we have electrosurgical and magnification technology to aid in surgical and dental procedures for small mammals and exotics.

Preparing for Surgery

Our diagnostics include digital radiology and ultrasound technology, as well as a critical laboratory. Whether your pet requires critical care or a simple surgical procedure, our technology supports your pet for a safer procedure with enhanced accuracy.

We commit to the highest standards of care for every surgical patient. Prior to anesthesia, your pet is carefully examined and pre-anesthetic blood work is performed. You may choose to have other procedures performed at the time of a routine surgical procedure, such as implanting a microchip. Discuss any add-ons with us well in advance, so we may evaluate the patient completely for the ability to tolerate these additional procedures.

Boarding For Surgical Clients & Special Visits

Community Animal Hospital has provided our surgical and special visit clients with convenient downloadable forms. Download the boarding form, fill it out, and bring it with you to your appointment.

During Surgery

At Community Animal Hospital, your pet faces surgery in optimum conditions: highly trained professionals, advanced technologies, and a state-of-the-art surgical arena. Our surgical team determines the best possible course of treatment for each patient and works together to ensure your pet's safety.

During surgery, we constantly monitor your pet's heart rate, blood pressure, respiration rate, and blood oxygen levels while under anesthesia. Our veterinary technician continues this monitoring until the patient is alert and fully recovered from anesthesia.

Pain management protocols are established based on each patient's need, and every pet is treated with the most humane level of care. We offer pain relief and prevention through oral medications such as anti-inflammatories and injectable drugs especially during surgery. Whether your pet is undergoing a routine surgical procedure, such as spay or neuter, or requires a more serious or complex operation, you may be confident that safety and compassionate care are our first priorities.

After Surgery

From incision and sutures to post-surgical activity, you will likely have questions about your pet's follow-up care in the days after surgery. We offer this helpful handout that you may print out at home, with some basic instructions for post-surgical care:

Of course, our surgical team will instruct you in the specifics of your pet's recovery to support and guide you through the recuperation period.

For specific information about veterinary orthopedic surgical procedures, visit our orthopedic surgery page.

Meet Melissa Lee, DVM

Dr. Melissa Lee graduated from Iowa State University, College of Veterinary Medicine, in 2007 and joined the practice at Community Animal Hospital, where she is happy to utilize her love of surgery. She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, New Jersey Veterinary Medical Association, and Metropolitan New Jersey Veterinary Medical Association.

Visit our veterinarians page to learn more about the veterinary professionals at Community Animal Hospital.

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