Preoperative Testing, Pain Management, Surgery and Orthopedics

Professional Preoperative Testing, Pain Management, Surgery, and Orthopedics

Let Us Eliminate the Anesthetic Completely

It is our job to ensure that your pet can properly process and then eliminate the anesthetic he or she is given. Before we perform any procedure requiring anesthesia, we highly recommend preoperative blood work.
Most animals will get a blood test the day of their procedure. Other “at risk” patients, i.e., pets with any previous medical problem, or aged pets, will get a more comprehensive complete blood panel sent to the lab.
While there is no guarantee, these tests are designed to maximize your pet’s safety, which is our biggest concern. Preoperative tests check that your pet’s organs are functioning properly and may reveal any hidden health conditions that could put your pet at risk.
Pain management

Effectual Pain Management

We use a combination of opioid and anti-inflammatory injectable medications to help your pet feel better postoperatively. During painful orthopedic procedures, epidurals are used to control pain and help lessen the amount of anesthetic your pet receives.
Local anesthetics and / or nerve blocks are sometimes used if localized pain is predicted, i.e., small mass removals, dental extractions.
Monitoring of pets postoperatively will allow us to determine if your pet needs additional pain medication. Giving pain medication early helps decrease the intensity and duration of pain post-op and encourage a more rapid return to normal behavior and comfort level. It also allows for less anesthesia during surgery, which is safer for your pet.
We generally send pets home with pain medication if we feel they may experience some discomfort. At Dix Hills Animal Hospital, we feel pain management is very important for your pets during and after a painful surgery or procedure and with any injury.

Top-Quality Surgery and Orthopedics

Our doctors are trained to do all routine surgeries, i.e., spays and neuters. We also do a variety of soft tissue surgeries, including, but not limited to skin mass removals, abdominal mass removals (splenectomy), abscess repair (and wound management), bladder stone removal, urethrostomies.
We do perform cat declaws. Although we do not condone this procedure, we do offer it as a service. We understand that cats do ruin furniture, and people may otherwise not keep the pet, so we offer “soft paws” (a plastic glue on nail) as a first option. When performing declaws, we provide preoperative and postoperative pain medication. In addition, this procedure requires approximately five days of hospitalization. By keeping the cat under the care of the veterinarian in the hospital, we can assess their healing and pain better and provide treatments as well as pain management accordingly. This also speeds up their healing by limiting them from jumping. Surprisingly, cats rebound very quickly from this procedure.
We have a board-certified surgeon, Dr. Tomas Infernuso, who performs orthopedic surgeries, including ruptured ACL (anterior cruciate ligament), fracture repair, hip surgeries, patella luxation repair as well as complicated soft tissue surgeries. He also assists with endoscopy and laparoscopic procedures like stomach tacking, etc. Please call us to discuss any procedure and prices. We are also able to provide second opinions with our surgeon, if needed.

We have recently renovated our surgery suite to allow for more state-of-the-art monitoring and capabilities. You are more than welcome to visit and see our surgery suite!
Call us to schedule an appointment.
"Nothing compares to the care your pets receive at Dix Hills Animal Hospital. Dr Ravitz is top notch!"

 Liz S.
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