Surgical Services for Dogs & Cats
At our Lincoln clinic, we use stringent surgical protocols to provide a wide range of surgical procedures for cats and dogs.
A dedicated nurse will administer anesthesia and continuously monitor your pet using electronic patient monitoring equipment during each surgery. In addition, pain management will be provided.
Following surgery, our top priorities are post-operative monitoring and pain management. Your veterinarian will also give you detailed instructions for at-home care.
What to Expect from Surgery
We always keep you up to date on why we are recommending a surgical procedure and any post-operative care your pet will require at home. At our clinic, we follow strict surgical protocols.
At Critter Creek Veterinary Hospital, we perform medical and emergency surgeries to help treat disease and conditions in pets or to repair injuries sustained through trauma.
Our Lincoln vets routinely perform the following elective and non-elective surgeries:
- Soft Tissue Surgery
We provide soft tissue surgical procedures for pets with ear, nose and throat disorders.
These procedures can also be used to treat hepatic, urogenital, oncological, cardiothoracic, gastrointestinal and skin problems.
- 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.
During Cesarean sections, puppies or kittens are surgically removed from their mother's uterus.
C-sections are typically performed when the mother is unable to give birth naturally.
If your pet is experiencing pain, redness, or other symptoms in or around their eyes, ocular surgery may be required.
Eyelid tumor removal, cataract surgery, ectropion surgery, entropion surgery, orbit exenteration and cherry eye surgery are all common ocular procedures for cats and dogs.
If your cat or dog requires surgery, our veterinarians will refer you to a pet surgeon near Lincoln and will work closely with your animal surgeon to ensure that your pet receives the best possible care.
- Mass Removal
Masses associated with the skin can develop in cats and dogs. Masses can also form inside a body cavity and can be dangerous or even fatal.
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 ate an object they shouldn't have or was injured in an accident, we can perform foreign body surgery to remove it.
Pet surgery may necessitate the use of specialized skills or equipment in some cases. If this is the case with your animal, your veterinarian will refer you to a cat or dog surgeon near Lincoln and will collaborate with your veterinary surgeon to ensure that your dog or cat receives the best possible care.
Wounds are formed when living tissue is cut, broken, burned, torn, or otherwise damaged.
A qualified veterinarian should clean, disinfect and care for these wounds as soon as possible.
- Orthopedic Surgery
Orthopedic surgery treats injuries and diseases of your pet's bones, ligaments, joints, tendons and other skeletal structures. If your dog or cat has a condition or injury that necessitates advanced specialized care, your vet will refer your pet to a veterinarian near Lincoln.
- 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.
- Tibial Tuberosity Advancement surgery (TTA)
Tibial Tuberosity Advancement surgery (TTA) is performed in dogs with a steep tibial plateau (angle of the top section of the tibia). The patellar ligament, which runs along the front of the knee, is moved into better alignment and helps to prevent much of the abnormal sliding movement.
The Surgery Process
We understand that bringing your pet in for surgery can be nerve-racking. Please be assured that we only recommend surgery when it is in the best interests of your pet.
We will make certain that you fully understand why we are recommending surgery and that you are confident in your decision to proceed.
If your pet requires advanced care, our veterinarians will refer you to a veterinary surgeon near Lincoln and will collaborate with your vet surgeon to ensure that your pet receives the best care possible.
Surgical Protocols at our Hospital
Pre-surgical assessments. We will confirm the procedure details, perform a physical examination of the patient and ensure that blood tests have been completed and reviewed by the veterinarian to determine if your pet is at risk of anesthesia-related complications.
Dedicated surgical suites. Surgeries are carried out in a separate surgical suite. To prevent infection and cross-contamination, this room is kept completely sterile.
Surgical attire. When in the surgical suite, our staff wears disposable caps and masks at all times. Those involved in the procedure will also be outfitted in sterile gowns and single-use gloves.
Sterile packs and equipment. Before each surgery, we meticulously clean, sterilize and wrap our surgical instruments and equipment.
Surgery Prep Instructions
Drop-off is between 7:45 am-8:15 am. Please do not allow your pet to at anything after 8:00 pm the night before the surgery. They may have as much water as they like.
Generally, surgeries are completed around lunch, and pick-up time is between 3:30 pm and 4:00 pm. Our staff will contact you once your pet has recovered and will schedule a pick-up time for you. They will also provide you with instructions on any after-surgery care.
Spaying and neutering are surgical procedures performed at our Lincoln veterinary hospital. These common surgeries help to control the animal population and offer a number of health benefits to cats and dogs. Book An Appointment What are spaying and neutering? Both spaying and...Read more »