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At Alpine Animal Hospital we are proud to offer a full range of surgical services for your pet, from the smallest laceration to complicated orthopedic procedures. Even though results can never be guaranteed when dealing with living organisms, we can guarantee you our best efforts in accomplishing the following goals:

  • For your special friend to be comfortable and safe and to experience the best possible recovery
  • For you to be well educated and fully informed about what will be done, what the risks are, and what we plan to accomplish
  • To give you an honest assessment and prognosis so that you can make the best decision regarding your pet’s surgical needs

Soft Tissue Surgery

All staff veterinarians at Alpine Animal Hospital are fully qualified to perform general soft tissue surgery and emergency surgery. Some of the surgeries that we offer include:

  • Lacerations, bite wound repairs, and abscesses
  • Tumor removals
  • Biopsies
  • Ear surgeries, including ear hematomas
  • Intestine and stomach (foreign body removal)
  • GDV surgery (“bloat” surgery or gastric dilatation-volvulus surgery)
  • Urinary tract (bladder, urethra, kidney; stone removal)
  • Trauma surgery
  • Splenectomy
  • Minor eye surgeries
  • Hernia repair

In addition, we offer these specialized surgery-related services:

  • Spaying & Neutering
  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Pain Management

Anesthesia for Your Pet

Your pet’s safety is always Alpine Animal Hospital’s primary concern whenever anesthesia is involved. Our veterinarians customize the anesthetic protocol for each patient’s individual needs. We strongly recommend pre-anesthetic blood testing. Testing allows us to diagnose and treat previously undetected medical problems and also can guide us in our choice of anesthetic. We also recommend intravenous (IV) fluids on all surgical patients to maintain normal blood pressure and to allow rapid intravenous administration of any medications that might be urgently needed. Your pet’s vital signs are monitored during general anesthesia and surgery using any of the following methods:

  • Blood pressure monitoring
  • Pulse oximetry (measures the oxygen level in the blood)
  • Electrocardiogram (EKG)
  • Heart rate

Visual assessment and recording of vital signs is done by one of our trained veterinary surgical technicians.

Knee (Stifle) Surgery Details