Everybody’s favorite.   I know I know, not really, but it is a very necessary and effective way to treat many problems or prevent disease.

I would like to take a moment to explain some basic surgical fundamentals.  Anesthesia is always scary and we understand that here at Bear Creek.  Our staff is focused on your pet and their well-being.  Our main goal is to make sure that all patients undergoing surgery for any reason go home healthy and stable.   The doctor will choose the safest method of anesthesia available to us that will minimize the risks and length of anesthesia that your pet will need to endure.   We monitor them throughout the procedure and after to ensure as smooth of a recovery as possible.  Standard post operative antibiotics and pain medication where needed are always a priority.   We also strive to make our surgeries as cosmetically pleasing on the outside as they are on the inside.  That means no external sutures whenever possible.  Sometimes we need those outside sutures for security sake, but not always.  Rest assured that we will do everything in our power to make sure that your pet is as safe and healthy and as beautiful as we can make them.

In most cases we ask and recommend pre-anesthestic blood work in order to catch a problem that may pose a health risk during anesthesia.  Some animals have underlying conditions that would complicate surgery or even prove fatal if not diagnosed.  All dogs and cats over the age 7yr should have pre-anesthetic blood work before any procedure elective or otherwise.  You, the owner bare the burden if you choose not to have this done, but we will recommend it to you.   Steps can be taken to reduce risks involved with more debilitated patients like IV catheterization and fluid therapy during surgery to help maintain blood pressure and  heart stability, antibiotics and other medications could be needed to also minimize risks with specific procedures.  Some of these items are included in the cost of your surgery and some are not.  Your veterinarian will be happy to walk you through the risks involved with any surgery or treatment.

All clients with surgical patients will be required to sign a release form.

The release form serves many purposes.

  • Gives permission to perform the stated procedure
  • Releases from any and all liability from innate risks associated with anesthesia.
  • States that you understand that with sterilization procedures like spaying and neutering, reversal is not possible and some behaviors, like humping or spraying, may not be stopped or changed.
  • Gives permission to act in the best interest of the animal  until the owner can be reached by phone for any life or death decisions that need to be made.
  • The owner assumes all financial responsibility for the patient and charges incurred while in the care of Bear Creek.
  • Gives permission to euthanize  if that is the stated procedure requested.

The most common surgeries performed in veterinary medicine today are sterilization procedures like spaying or neutering. Technically these procedures are termed ovariohysterectomy (females) and castration (males).  We offer an array of surgical services here at Bear Creek from the simple and routine (castrations) to a bit more complicated like abdominal exploratory and cesearian sections.  A more detailed list will be provided below.

Spays and Neuters are widely different from each other in techniques and severity of complications.  Female ovariohysterectomies are much more invasive and carry a higher risk of complications than male castrations.  Many people do not understand this and are confused when given a noticeable price difference between male vs female.  The length of time for the procedure as well as the amount of anesthesia, other supportive medications and suture material needed is much greater.

Sample list of available surgical procedures at Bear Creek:

  • Ovariohysterectomy (spay)
  • Castration
  • Mass removal
  • Enucleation
  • Umbilcal hernia repair
  • Inguinal hernia repair
  • Urinary catheterization
  • Limb amputation (front or rear)
  • Rectal or vaginal prolapse repair
  • Cherry eye repair via Modified Morgan technique (Prolapsed gland of the 3rd eyelid)
  • Tail docking/amputation
  • Declaw (front only on cats)
  • Laceration repair
  • Surgical debridement and wound repair
  • Foreign body removal
  • Penrose Drain placement
  • Cesarean section
  • Gastropexy
  • Abdominal exploratory
  • Splenectomy
  • Cystotomy (with stone removal)
  • Gastrotomy/Enterotomy/Intestinal resection
  • Surgical excisional biopsy
  • Dental extractions
  • Dental prophylaxis and polishing (see dental)
  • Cryosurgery
  • Chest tube placement

At Bear Creek, we do not perform ear cropping, debarking or rear limb declawing (cats).  We feel that these procedures are either strictly cosmetic or inhumane to the animal.  They are in no way medically necessary to health and well being of the animal and we choose not take part.

Surgical procedures currently unavailable:

  • PTLO (cranial cruciate repair)
  • Hemilaminectomy (ruptured vertebral disc)
  • Diaphragmatic hernia repair
  • Orthopedic repair of fractures (plates and screws)
  • Hip replacement
  • Others-I cannot list them all but these are some of the common referral procedures.