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What To Expect During Surgery

Pre-Surgical Care


Once you have discussed a surgical procedure with your vet, we will provide a comprehensive treatment plan individualized for your pet ahead of time. Every pet is unique and depending on your pet and what surgery we may ask you to fast your pet the night before. All surgical patients are asked to be dropped off in the morning on their surgery even if the surgery will not take place until the early afternoon. This is so that your pet can be as relaxed as possible, and this allows our surgical veterinary technicians to set up the surgical suit specifically for your pets needs and comfort. The other reason we ask for your pet to be dropped off early is also so that our vet has the chance to do preoperative screening to make sure your pet is healthy enough to undergo the surgery.



From the moment you pet arrives we want them to be as comfortable as possible. Your pet will have a surgical technician with them throughout the day. We use our monitoring equipment that continuously evaluates your pet throughout the procedure. Your pet’s temperature, heart rate, heart rhythm, CO2 levels, oxygen levels and blood pressure are under constant supervision, if any abnormalities occur our experience vet staff reacts immediately. All patients receive additional pain medication as well as intravenous fluids to assist with hydration during their recovery. Depending on what the procedure is we also may offer post-surgical cold laser therapy to assist with your pets comfort and healing.



When your pet is out of surgery you will receive a phone call from the surgical vet. They will explain how the procedure went and let you know when you will be able to pick up your pet. All pets are sent home with post-surgical care instructions. Depending on your pet and the procedure you may also receive medication to give at home. Our vets may also request that you come back for a follow up visit, this surgical re-check may involve suture removal, bandage change or just a visual check so that our vets know that your pet is healing properly.

Spay / Castration


Spaying (females) and castrating (males) are two of the most common surgeries performed at vet offices. By spaying/ neutering your pet, you can help with the homeless pet crisis which results in millions of healthy dogs and cats not being able to find homes. Spaying/castrating does not only help prevent against unwanted litters but can also have medical and behavioral benefits as well.

Studies have shown that pets who have been spayed/castrate on average have a longer lifespan. This is due to the decreased risk of common health problems such as life-threatening infections and cancer.  Altering your pet may also help with eliminating unwanted behavior such as aggression, inappropriate urination/ spraying and becoming more territorial or protective.  Depending on the breed and species, the recommended age for this procedure can vary, so it is important to speak with your doctor about the best time for your pet to be spayed/ castrated.

Wound Laceration and Repair

A laceration is a cut or tear in the skin tissue. This type of wound can be superficial (shallow) or deep. Depending on the cause of the wound and the severity of it, repair and treatment of the wound can be done with local anesthesia or a full anesthesia. When you notice your pet has a wound you should bring in your pet as soon as possible so that our vets can assess it. Waiting to clean or treat the wound may make it extremely difficult to close the wound surgically and increase the chance of infection.

Foreign Body Removal

Many times, our pets will eat items that are not able to be digested or passed by their body. While some of these items will pass, others will not. If your pet is showing signs like vomiting, loss of appetite, abdominal pain, and lethargy, a foreign body obstruction may be to blame. When attempting to discover if your pet ate something that could be causing their problems it is important to be open and honest with your vet about your pet’s habits, and what they may have had access to. We will confirm the suspected diagnosis using all the tools that we have such as physical exam, x-ray, ultrasound, and bloodwork. These cases may not all result in surgery which is why it is important to discuss treatment options with your vet to decide the best course.

Once the vet knows where the object can be found they perform the removal under full anesthesia. While the vet performs the removal, they will also ensure that no further internal damage was cause and there is no additional repairs that need to be made. Recovery from a foreign body removal can take weeks for the pet’s body to recovery. During this time, it is always important to remember that your pet will not associate the surgery with the consumption of an inappropriate item. It is therefore important for the pet parents to watch the dog and attempt to eliminate any temptation to consume non-digestible items.

Biopsy And Growth Removal


Growths are a common condition in pets, these masses can grow in varying places on your pet and can range in size. Not all growths are created equally, and some masses may be benign, such as a small skin tag, while others can indicate cancers. Depending on the location and physical examination there are several ways that the vets can determine if it is medically beneficial to remove the mass. Since each growth is unique, your pet’s growth may not need surgery but rather our vets may elect to aspirate the growth in a minimally invasive procedure.

Biopsy is a removal of tissue from the mass which undergoes further diagnostics to determine the type of cells that make up the mass. This tissue can be taken once the mass is removed from your pet, or in some cases the vets may choose to do a “punch biopsy”. This is a small circular tissue sample that can be taken from the pet without full anesthesia. Punch biopsies are not able to be done on all masses and may not eliminate the need to remove the mass from your pet. Discuss with your vet the best course of action for your pets mass

Dental / Oral Care


Oral and dental disease is one of the more common ailments our pets face. If left untreated periodontal disease can lead to infection, painful gums, as well as serious health problems like changes in the heart, liver, and kidneys. Pet parents typically notice signs of drooling, bad breath, redness of gums, tartar build-up and tooth discoloration.

Our vets do an oral exam at every visit, if your pet needs a dental cleaning, we will be able to utilize our in-clinic dental suit. Our dental suit is equipped to allow vets to clean and polish as well as perform any extractions if needed. Your pet will be under the care of a surgical technician as well as a vet to allow for any needed work to be done. Our vets start all dental procedures with a comprehensive oral exam that allows them to see more than they may during a regular visit. Our vets will take x-rays to evaluate the health of the roots of your pets’ teeth. We will always make every effort to save any teeth that can be successfully treated, however sometimes extraction are needed for the best over-all health of your pet. We are able to safely remove teeth by the root during oral surgery and send your pet home with medications and information about how to help their oral health. Our vets may ask your to come back 2 weeks after the dental procedure that we can insure your pet has recovered fully from the procedure and that the teeth and gums are healthy. We also offer free of charge before and after pictures to show you what works was done on your pets mouth.

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Bloomingdale Animal Hospital


290 Glen Ellyn Road Bloomingdale, IL 60108

Clinic Hours

Monday / Tuesday: 8:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday: 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Thursday: 8:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday: 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Saturday: 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Sunday: Closed