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Why we are the best choice for your pet’s surgical needs

Many pet owners are curious about what is involved when their pet is placed under anesthesia. At Cresskill Animal Hospital, your pet's safety and comfort are our top priority so you can be sure that your pet will receive only the best and safest anesthetic and surgical care.

Our procedures include the following:

  • Pre-Anesthetic Blood Work—ensures your pet is healthy enough to undergo a surgical procedure and that its internal organs can safely process the anesthesia.

  • Safe Anesthesia—a very safe anesthetic gas which is also used in human pediatric medicine.

  • Experienced Monitoring Support—our trained technicians use state-of-the-art anesthetic monitors to continuously monitor your pet’s pulse rate, oxygen levels and blood pressure.

  • IV Catheter Placement—fluids are given during surgery to maintain blood pressure and to help your pet recover quickly from the anesthesia.

  • Pain Medication—is administered prior to and after surgery to ensure your pet’s comfort.

Veterinary Surgical Services

At Cresskill Animal Hospital, we believe that a successful surgical procedure is much more than a successful surgery.

We start the process by evaluating your pet's need of surgery, educating you about the process, assessing risk factors relating to anesthesia and surgery, and deciding on the right surgeon to perform the procedure.

Pre-surgical evaluation: We tailor pre-anesthetic testing to each pet based on age, cardiac history, and type of surgery performed. These tests usually include blood work, chest x-rays, and in some cases EKG or additional x-rays.

Once the doctor has determined that your pet is cleared for surgery, we will schedule a date and give you pre-surgical instructions regarding fasting, medications, etc. Typically we require that pets have food withheld from the previous night after 8 pm and water after midnight. They are not to eat or drink before coming in the morning of their procedure.

Pain management: Before surgery the surgeon will decide on the best pain management protocol for your pet and their condition. We strongly believe that pain management is extremely important for the success of the surgery and the comfort and safety of your pet. Pain management includes pre-anesthetic injections, nerve blocks and pain patch placement when indicated, post anesthetic injections, and pain control pills to go home with after surgery.

Safety of anesthesia: To ensure the safety of your pet under anesthesia we use the safest anesthetic drugs and gasses, chosen based on your pet’s age, condition and other factors. Pets are connected to intravenous fluids prior to sedation and to heart rate, blood gases, blood pressure and body temperature monitors during anesthesia until they are fully awake.

Surgical Procedures Offered in Our Office

  • Routine Elective Surgeries: Neuter, Spay, Declaw and Declaw Removal, Tail Docks for cats, dog and some exotic species.

  • Oro-Dental Procedures: Routine dental cleanings, surgical tooth extractions, oral mass or foreign body removals.

  • Wound Repair and Skin Growth Removals: This includes non-healing and complicated areas that require skin transplant.

  • Urinary Tract Surgeries: Cystotomy (bladder stone removal or biopsy), urethrostomy (for cats and dogs with complicated urinary blockage).

  • Gastric and Intestinal Surgeries: For foreign body removal, tumor removal, diagnostic biopsies and more.

  • Mammary Gland Tumor Solutions: Lumpectomy, partial or complete mastectomy.

  • Abdominal Surgeries: Pyomethra, c-section, splenectomy, liver biopsies, and exploratory laparotomy.

  • Knee and Hip Surgeries: Cruciate ligament repair, patellar luxation repair, femoral head osteotomy. For these procedures we will call in a surgeon who is skilled in these procedures on a case by case basis.

  • Eye and Ear Surgeries