At Compass Veterinary Clinic, we approach surgery with compassion and strive to ensure your pet's procedure is as comfortable, stress free, and safe as possible. Our veterinarians are skilled at performing a variety of surgical procedures. Some complex surgeries or orthopedic repairs are referred to outstanding specialists in our area.
At Compass, we perform a thorough pre-surgical exam on every patient. The pre-surgical exam is included in the procedure price.
We use the same anesthetic gas used in human medicine, Isoflurane. The Anesthetic is delivered through new, high quality, Landmark Anesthesia machines. We have two identical machines, so that a backup is always available in the unforseen event of an equipment malfunction during a procedure.
Anesthetic protocol is tailored to your pet. The Isoflorane anesthetic gives our veterinary team the quickest and most accurate control over the depth of anesthesia as well as your pet's oxygen levels.
Every patient undergoing anesthesia is monitored by our BioVet System.
Our BioVet System monitors the patient's heart rate, heart rhythm, body temperature, respiration, and oxygenation level throughout the procedure.
For Dr. Connolly, however, this isn't adequate: "We never rely on just the machine. Each patient is also constantly monitored by a veterinary technician. Our technicians are trained to manually check the heart rate, look at the color of the gums, and constantly visually assess the patient and their vital signs. As good as the technology is, we have to also monitor with our eyes." For this reason, your pet always has a licensed veterinarian and a technician at their side throughout the procedure.
Every surgical instrument is thoroughly sterilized in our state-of-the-art Midmark M11 "Ultra-Clave" Automatic Sterilizer. With the emergence of many aggressive, infectious organisms, Dr. Connolly wants to reduce the risk to patients: "It's hard to fathom, but some clinics actually re-use the same instruments between patients. While that may reduce their operational cost, I will not compromise on patient health and safety."
Your pet's surgeon will also be sterilely scrubbed, gloved, masked, and gowned.
Dr. Connolly believes that all patients need and deserve pain medications. Every patient receives an injection of pain medication during recovery. After surgery, a technician continues to directly monitor your pet until he or she is able to stand and walk.
Pre-anesthetic blood work is highly recommended, but is generally not required. In some cases with higher risk patients, your Compass veterinarian may require pre-anesthetic blood work to be run before a surgical procedure can be performed on your pet. This is for the health and safety of your pet, and will only be done with your consent. The cost of the pre-anesthetic blood panel is $72.00.
Your pet must be current on their rabies vaccination and must be flea free before any surgical procedure.