Surgical Care for Your Pets,
From Anesthesia to Pain Management
Dickinson Animal Hospital & Pet Wellness Center is committed to the safety of every patient. So, in every case, we conduct the proper screening, monitoring, and selection of anesthetics to significantly reduce the risk associated with anesthesia—a common and typically safe procedure that ensures your pet’s comfort.
We use a variety of anesthetic agents and protocols that are tailored to the needs of the individual patient. We determine these needs based on a patient’s:
- Physical exam findings
- Diagnostic test results
- Prior anesthetic experiences
A specially trained nurse is assigned to each patient and is responsible for monitoring the patient from admission through the anesthetic period and into recovery and discharge. We also use multiple monitoring devices that display vitals, such as ECG, patient oxygenation level, blood pressure, heart rate, respiratory rate, and body temperature.
Everything we do is designed to get your pet standing, walking, and pain-free as soon as possible following his or her procedure.
We use radiosurgery on nearly all of the surgical procedures performed at our hospital. Radiosurgery is a more gentle way to perform incisions. It’s done through energy being passed through a tiny wire, so our patients have less bleeding, less chance for swelling, and less discomfort at the incision site. All of this creates a faster recovery process.
Dickinson Animal Hospital & Pet Wellness Center is one of the only veterinary care providers in the areas of Galveston Bay area, the greater Houston area and surrounding communities that performs a full array of specialized surgical procedures, such as:
- Abdominal surgery
- Thoracic surgery
- Orthopedic surgery
- Ocular surgery
- Knee surgeries, including luxating patellas and the TTA procedure for cranial cruciate ligament injuries of the knee
- Laparoscopic surgery for preventive gastropexy (stomach tack), internal biopsy, spay/neuter, and more
- Complex mass removal and trauma repair
Pain does no good for your pet, nor does it do any good for you. Studies have shown that pain actually inhibits the healing process. Appropriate pain management is an integral part of all of the surgical, dental, and medical cases we handle.
Recognizing pain in pets can be difficult. Many species are “wired” to hide their pain to avoid being targeted by other animals in nature. Our staff and veterinarians are committed to your pet’s comfort, always. We’ll also discuss with you some common indicators of pain in pets, so you can be the front line of defense against both physical discomfort and emotional stress.