Safe Veterinary Surgery for Soft Tissue, Orthopedic, or Spay & Neuter Procedures
Malta Animal Hospital is dedicated to the highest standards of care for every surgical patient. Whether your pet is having a common surgical procedure, such as spay or neuter, or a more serious or complex operation, you may be confident that patient comfort and safety is our top priority.
Veterinary Surgery Services
In our state-of-the-art surgical suite, we perform a variety of soft tissue and orthopedic surgical procedures. When appropriate, laser surgery increases patient comfort, decreases bleeding, and improves recovery times. For advanced techniques in surgery, we offer the services of visiting board-certified veterinary specialists.
- Exams — Before every surgical procedure, each pet is examined carefully by a doctor.
- Anesthesia plan — An individual anesthetic plan is tailored to your pet’s specific health status, age, and breed.
- Pre - operative blood testing—We evaluate blood counts and screen for liver and kidney disease, anemia, and infectious disease such as feline leukemia virus in cats and heartworm in dogs.
- Intravenous catheter placement — This facilitates IV medications, IV fluid therapy, and emergency needs.
- Intravenous fluids — They support the kidneys, heart, blood pressure, and electrolyte balance during anesthesia and help speed recovery.
- Safest anesthetic agents — We utilize the shortest-acting drugs possible for the procedure and, when appropriate, reversing agents to speed recovery.
- Mandatory pain management — Relief before, during, and after painful surgical procedures.
- Patient comfort — Warm-air blowers surround your pet in a blanket of body-temperature air to help prevent hypothermia; we also use warm-water circulating blankets, warm towels/blankets, and even warm IV fluids during surgery.
- Sevoflurane gas — This anesthesia provides the best safety margin and more rapid recovery than any other veterinary inhalant anesthetic; this is our standard of care with no upcharge for using safer anesthetics!
- Vital signs monitoring — We implement EKG, oxygen, pulse temperature, CO2, and blood pressure monitors.
- Personal attention — All of our staff members are caring, compassionate caregivers; our doctors and licensed veterinary technicians provide manual monitoring of all anesthetic and surgery patients because there is no replacement for a person dedicated to monitoring your pet under anesthesia!
- Sterile environment — This includes gowns, drapes, and instruments used for each and every procedure.
- Intensive after-surgery care — This supports rapid and comfortable recovery.
- Follow up — We schedule needed appointments to check healing and remove any sutures.
Laser Surgery for Pet Comfort and Safety
Laser surgery is the latest option in high-end surgical care. With the laser, a highly focused beam efficiently cuts through and removes tissue while sealing capillaries, small blood vessels, lymphatics, and nerve endings. This provides significant benefits to the patient, including:
- Less bleeding
- Less pain
- Reduced risk of infection
- Rapid recovery time
Veterinary surgeons appreciate the laser for its unique capabilities, as it offers clearer visibility at the surgical site, a more focused beam for precision, and the subsequent decrease in surgery time.
Anesthesia and Your Pet’s Surgery
Not all surgical teams are created equal. We make use of recent advances to approach your pet’s surgery with a focus on safety and comfort. Since surgery and anesthesia are probably the most important procedures your pet will ever undergo, we put safety and comfort ahead of all else.
Our surgical suite is equipped with anesthesia monitors, patient warming systems, IV fluid pumps, specifically engineered airflow, and surgical grade illumination. It is staffed by licensed veterinary technicians (LVTs) with years of experience. Sterile techniques are strictly enforced, and the patient’s vital signs are closely monitored throughout the procedure.
If your pet is to be anesthetized, advances in anesthesia and surgery have made routine procedures safer with a low rate of complications. To avoid any problems and ensure the best possible surgical experience, our standard of care includes the following:
- Pre-operative blood screen — Allows for the use of the correct and safest anesthesia for each individual pet.
- Intravenous catheter — Placed prior to anesthesia allows for IV fluids, to maintain hydration and kidney function during anesthesia and faster administration of emergency medicines as needed.
Spay and Neuter Surgery
Spaying and neutering helps pets live longer, healthier lives. All spay and neuter surgeries include the following:
- Pre-anesthetic blood work
- Pre-surgery pain medication
- IV fluids
- The safest gas anesthesia
- Continuous monitoring
- Pain medication to go home
Spay and neuter surgery offers many benefits to pets. It eliminates or diminishes health problems, territorial and sexual aggression, inappropriate urination, spraying, and other undesirable behavior while preventing pet over-population. Read Not All Spays & Neuters Are Equal for more information.