Shawnee Animal Clinic Hours

Monday - Friday: 8am - 7pm Saturday: 8am - 4pm

Your Pet's Surgery

Surgical ServicesWe know the decision to allow your beloved companion to undergo surgery is not an easy one. This is why we work as hard as we do to prevent illness, but if the need for surgery arises we ensure that your pet's procedure is as comfortable and stress free as possible (for you, too).

Perhaps the most important pre-surgical step we take is to discuss with you why we believe a procedure is necessary and what it means. We also provide information on proper postoperative care and answer any questions you may have so that you feel comfortable that you are making the right choice for your pet.

We believe that our personal attention to each patient and client is what makes our surgical services unique. The doctors at Shawnee Animal Clinic are also among the best trained, skilled and experienced veterinary surgeons to be found practicing at any hospital.

Dogs and cats are required to have bloodwork prior to any procedure. Every patient receives morphine, Hydromorphone, or an NSAID drug prior to any procedure. Some patients are placed on a morphine drip after the procedure and every pet goes home with pain medication.

All canine neuters, declaws and mass removals are performed with a surgical laser. Nerve blocks are used on declaw procedures. All surgery patients are offered a nail trim and ear cleaning at a reduced price.

Nerve blocks are used on declaw procedures.

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Surgical Services

Surgical ServicesWe perform a wide array of surgical services right in our facility. We have a large surgical suite with three surgery tables, central oxygen supply, ICU, treatment and quarantine areas. We also have a private consultation room for clients and their terminally ill companions.

Our soft tissue surgeries include spays and neuters, declaw, foreign body removal, oral surgery, tumor removal, surgery for bloat, gland removal, wound repair and management, cystotomy, splenectomy, and many others. Should your pet require the care of a surgical specialist, we're able to provide you with a wide range of options.

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Orthopedic Surgery

Avian SurgeryBecause orthopedic care is an important component of keeping your pet healthy, we offer a number of orthopedic procedures. These include cranial cruciate repair, joint surgeries, bone pinning, amputations and fracture repair, to name a few.

Dental Surgery

We offer a wide range of animal dentistry and oral surgical procedures. (Please see the dental hygiene section.)

Avian Surgery

Dr. Naomi Dean performs some Avian and exotic surgical procedures. Dr. Dean is the only vet in our area that has a special interest in these procedures.

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Anesthesia & Monitoring

Anesthesia & MonitoringEnsuring the health and safety of your pet during surgery is of the utmost importance and requires an anesthetic and monitoring regimen that adheres to the highest principles and ideals of veterinary medicine. We have state-of-the-art anesthetic administration and cardiovascular monitoring equipment and protocols.

Prior to your pet's surgery, a pre-surgical blood screen and examination will be performed. The results of these tests – as well as your pet's past anesthetic history, breed, preexisting conditions, and age – are used to create an individualized anesthesia protocol for your pet.

While under anesthesia your pet will be cared for by a well-trained and experienced veterinary technician using our monitoring system, which tracks blood pressure, heart rate, respiratory rate, body temperature, and oxygen level.

We provide ECG monitoring, and Sevoflurane and Isoflurane anesthetics during surgical procedures. All of our pets have an IV catheter placed to receive supportive fluids during surgery.

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Pain Management

Pain ManagementPain hurts, but many people don't know that pain has many other detrimental effects on the body.

Pain slows healing, decreases activity, and causes behavior changes (such as aggression, anxiety, and depression). It also worsens diseases like arthritis and potentially some cancers. Pain interferes with the bond between you and your pet, therefore pain management is mandatory for all surgery patients.

In order to combat these effects, we use an advanced, multimodal protocol to prevent and treat pain in our patients. Whenever possible, we use a combination of local anesthetics, NSAIDs, and narcotic pain relievers. We also try to include non-drug methods like supplements, exercise, and physical therapy when appropriate.

NSAIDs are non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. Examples of this type of drug are aspirin, ibuprofen, and Celebrex. In general, NSAIDs for human use are not considered safe for dogs and cats. We use several different veterinary NSAIDs for pain control (Rimadyl, Deramaxx, and Metacam are the most commonly used).

Narcotics are the morphine-like drugs. Because they are often abused by human patients, they sometimes carry a stigma, but in reality they are very safe and effective pain relievers.

Non-drug therapies such as exercise and physical therapy maintain strength and flexibility, and help reduce the amount of drugs needed to control pain.

We also often make use of continuous infusions of these drugs so that patients get constant pain relief that can be adjusted minute-to-minute in order to ensure proper dosing.

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A diagnosis of cancer can be frightening. However, most pets respond extremely well to cancer treatments. Pets do not experience the same side effects from chemotherapy that humans do, and most pets go on to lead long and healthy lives long after their cancer is gone.

While all our doctors perform chemotherapies, Dr. Counts writes the protocols for the patients.

We also offer chemo management if a pet has been diagnosed from another clinic.

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Postoperative Care

As your pet is being discharged from the clinic, we provide you with detailed information on how to properly care for your pet at home after surgery. We are also happy to answer any questions or concerns that may arise once you get your pet home.

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