We offer a range of routine and elective surgical procedures for cats and dogs at our Milledgeville clinic, using the most stringent surgical protocols.
We understand that the prospect of bringing your pet in for surgery can be stressful. Please be assured that we only recommend surgery when it is in the best interests of your pet's health and well-being.
We will ensure that you fully understand why we are recommending surgery and that you are comfortable deciding to move ahead.
If your pet requires advanced care or a specialty procedure, our vets will refer you to a veterinary surgeon near Milledgeville, and work closely with your vet surgeon to ensure that your pet receives the best possible care.
What to Expect from Surgery
We always keep you fully informed about why we are recommending a surgical procedure. Our veterinarians will take their time to walk you through the specifics of the procedure, answer any questions you have, and provide you with detailed instructions for any surgery preparations or post-operative care your pet will require.
At Heart of Georgia Animal Care, we perform medical and emergency surgeries to help treat disease and conditions in pets or to repair injuries sustained through trauma.
Our Milledgeville vets routinely perform the following elective and non-elective surgeries:
- Soft Tissue Surgery
For pets suffering from ear, nose, and throat disorders, we offer soft tissue surgical procedures.
These procedures are also available for hepatic, urogenital, oncological, cardiothoracic, gastrointestinal, and skin disorders.
- Spaying & Neutering
When we spay or neuter a cat or dog, we surgically sterilize them to prevent disease and provide them with an extended life expectancy.
During Caesarean sections, we surgically remove puppies or kittens from their mother's uterus.
C-sections are typically performed when the mother is unable to give birth naturally.
- Mass Removal
Cats and dogs can develop masses associated with the skin. Masses can also grow inside a body cavity and can be serious or life-threatening.
Mass removal surgery is a fairly common procedure for both cats and dogs.
- Foreign Body
Sometimes, foreign objects are ingested or can get stuck inside a cat's or dog's body.
Whether your pet has eaten an object they shouldn't have or an accident has left them injured, we can perform foreign body surgery to remove it.
In some cases, specialized skills or equipment are needed to perform pet surgery. If that is the case for your animal, your vet will refer you to a cat or dog surgeon near Milledgeville and work closely with your veterinary surgeon to ensure that your dog or cat receives the very best care.
Wounds occur when living tissue has been cut, broken, burnt, torn, or otherwise damaged.
These wounds must be cleaned, disinfected, and appropriately cared for by a qualified veterinarian as soon as possible.
- Dental Surgery
Our veterinarians provide dental surgeries for dogs and cats. These surgeries can range from tooth extractions to gum disease treatment and jaw fracture repairs.
The Surgery Process
During each surgery, a dedicated veterinarian technician will administer anesthesia and continuously monitor your pet using electronic patient monitoring equipment.
Following surgery, post-operative monitoring and pain management are our top priorities. Your vet will also provide thorough instructions for at-home care.
Surgical protocols at our clinic include:
Pre-surgical assessments. We will confirm the specifics of the procedure, complete a physical examination of the patient, and make sure blood tests have been completed and reviewed by the vet to determine if your pet faces any risk of anesthesia-related complications.
Dedicated surgical suites. Surgeries are performed in a dedicated surgical suite. This room is kept completely sterile to prevent infection and cross-contamination.
Surgical attire. Our staff wears disposable caps and masks at all times when they are in the surgical suite. Those involved in the procedure itself will also wear sterile gowns and single-use gloves.
Sterile packs and equipment. We carefully clean, sterilize and wrap our surgical instruments and equipment before every surgery.