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Pet Surgery with
Our Veterinarians in San Antonio

Our operating room offers the most up-to-date methods of anesthesia and related procedures (monitoring equipment, pain management protocols, etc). Our doctors are qualified to perform a wide range of surgical and dental procedures in our modern facilities. Some of our hospital’s more common procedures include:

Sedation and anesthesia
Dog and Cat Spay (ovariohysterectomy)
Dog and Cat Neuter (castration)
Cat Declaw
Puppy tail dock and dewclaw removal
Wart/Cyst/Mass Removal
Suturing lacerations
Wound Repair
Routine dental cleaning and oral surgery
Foreign Body Removal
Ear Hematoma Repair
Hernia Repair
Soft tissue and orthopedic surgery
Cherry Eye Surgery (third eyelid)
Caesarean Section (C-section)
Exploratory Abdominal Surgery
Corrective cosmetic surgery

Pre-Procedure Instructions

Our receptionist will call the night before to remind you of your pets scheduled surgical procedure(s). At this time, they will remind you to withhold food after 10:00 p.m. allowing just water. Some pets with special needs may require feeding after this or even the morning of the procedure. Please ask our receptionist if you have any questions about this.

When your pet is admitted, you will be required to sign a surgical consent form and leave contact phone numbers where you can be reached if any concerns arise while your pet is under anesthesia. We require all clients to make health and financial decisions for their own pets. Please do not have friends, minors or anyone else drop off your pet for surgery.

Surgical patients are admitted in the morning between 7:30 a.m. and 8:00 a.m. Monday - Friday. We allow this time of the morning for placing IV catheters, pre-anesthetic lab work, E.C.G., and preoperative examination by the attending veterinarian.

Pre-Anesthetic Blood Testing

Before any procedure, the veterinarian will perform a physical exam on the patient. However, because there is always the possibility that a physical exam alone may not identify all health problems, we require that pre-anesthetic blood tests (or equivalent) be performed within 30 days of the procedure. We will use the information obtained from these tests to tailor an anesthetic protocol especially for your pet so that it will be as safe and comfortable as possible during the surgical procedure.

Post-Procedure Instructions

Most patients will go home with sutures that will need to be removed (Return for suture removal 10 to 14 days following the procedure)
Check the suture area regularly for signs of redness, swelling or irritation and call us if you notice any problems or have any concerns
Monitor your pet for signs of chewing or licking at the surgical site. An E-collar can be sent home to help deter your pet from this behavior
We will send pain medication home for your pet with any procedure that may be deemed painful. You should also monitor your pet for signs of pain or discomfort once they are home. Please contact us at (210) 495-2722 if you have any concerns or observe your pet exhibiting any of the following signs or behaviors:
Posture – tucking of abdomen, drooping head, arching back
Temperament – aggression, guarding of painful area, avoidance of social interaction, hiding, abnormal behavior
Movement – reluctance to move, prolonged lying or sitting, lameness, or acting tender, uncomfortable or restless
Appetite – decrease in food or water intake
Grooming – decrease in normal grooming habits OR excessive grooming or licking
Vocalizing – crying out or whining

What You Should Ask Your Veterinarian Prior to Surgery- And Why

1. Will my pet receive a complete physical exam before surgery?
An animal that suffers from a disorder such as a parasite infection, an infectious disease or a heart murmur presents a different risk factor that must be taken into consideration prior to the surgery. A pre-surgical exam and pre-anesthetic blood test and ECG are your pet’s chance to have adverse conditions detected. Age-appropriate blood tests also reveal problems that aren’t obvious during a routine physical exam. Our doctors make sure each pet is a good candidate for surgery, should they detect any abnormalities or concerns, appropriate steps will be taken to alter our anesthetic protocols to address your pets special needs.

2. What safety precautions are taken during surgery? - While most surgery is uneventful, emergencies sometimes occur. During surgery, the medical team at FPH includes your pet’s veterinarian and dedicated veterinary technicians. We place a breathing tube on all anesthetized pets to keep the airway open and allow for supplemental oxygen or gas anesthesia as needed. Detecting problems early, improves our ability to intervene and correct them. Continuous temperature monitoring allows us to adjust the amount of heat needed by your pet during surgery using a convection warming system, and or circulating warm water blankets. Blood pressure, SP02 (blood oxygen levels), heart (ECG), and respiratory monitors allows the surgeon to track your pet’s heart rate and rhythm, as well as the amount of oxygen in the blood to ensure that respiration and circulation are normal. In addition, patients receive IV fluids during surgery to support circulation as needed. Even the anesthesia and sutures we use are carefully evaluated and selected based on safety, effectiveness and reaction potential.

3. What safety precautions are taken after surgery? - We monitor patient temperature at regular intervals during and after surgery and provide supplemental heating. We also monitor your pet’s gum color, pulse and respiration to ensure that respiration and circulation are normal.

4. How is my pet’s pain managed? - Surgery hurts! The anesthetic does not provide pain control once the pet wakes up, so in addition to analgesics provided during surgery, we provide appropriate pre - and post - operative pain relief medications.

5. Will I receive written post-surgical care instructions? - Follow-up care is crucial for proper healing. A comfortable pet experiences less stress and a lower likelihood of injury during recovery. We will provide you with clear, written discharge instructions and pain medications. And of course, we’ll answer any questions you might have whenever you might have them because your pets comfort is just as important to us as it is to you.


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Dr. Woolley has always gone above and beyond for the care of our family's pets for several years.

John E.
San Antonio, TX

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