Skokie, IL Veterinary Surgeries

Skilled and Compassionate Care When Your Pet Needs it Most

While an examination does not usually cause anguish, often people become apprehensive when it comes to surgery. When your pet needs surgery, you can have confidence Dr. Johnson and the team at North Shore Veterinary Clinic will work hard to ensure the procedure is completed according to the highest surgical standards and is as comfortable and stress-free as possible for you and your pet.

There is a risk, however small, for any surgical procedure requiring anesthesia (Even when humans visits the dentist to have a filling put in, there is some small risk associated with the nitrous oxide they use). Therefore, we will recommend blood screening to identify any problems that cannot be determined from a physical exam. Based on what we find, we can modify our anesthetic protocol to minimize any potential risk. On the day of surgery, your pet receives a physical exam prior to administration of any anesthetic to ensure everything is still fine. If Dr. Johnson believes it is not safe to proceed, we will postpone surgery until a later date when your pet has improved.


skokie, IL pet surgeriesSurgical Procedures for Your Pet

Surgery describes procedures in a range of complexity. For most pets, the only surgery they will undergo is spaying or neutering. We routinely perform other surgeries as well, including:

  • Eye surgery
  • Bladder surgery
  • Tumor removal
  • Gastrointestinal surgery
  • Cancer surgery
  • Skin surgery
  • Thyroid surgery

We understand the decision to allow your pet to undergo surgery is never easy. To that end, Dr. Johnson will be happy to answer any questions regarding your pet’s surgery, as well as provide you with information on proper postoperative care. It is our goal that you feel comfortable knowing you are making the right choice for your pet.


Personalized Anesthesia

Ensuring the health and safety of your pet during surgery is our utmost concern and requires an anesthetic and monitoring regimen that adheres to the highest principles and ideals of quality care. We utilize a state-of-the-art monitoring and anesthesia system to ensure your pet's safety during all surgeries.

Prior to surgery, your pet will receive a thorough physical examination and pre-anesthetic blood testing to identify any medical conditions that might endanger your pet's health. The tests not only give us a more complete picture of your pet's health, but also allow us to tailor an anesthetic regime for your pet.

Based on the complexity of the procedure, we will determine an appropriate anesthetic (either general or local). We offer a wide variety of anesthetic protocols tailored to your pet's needs.

During surgery, your pet is cared for by a highly trained and experienced surgical assistants using our monitoring system, which tracks blood pressure, heart rate, respiratory rate, body temperature and oxygen level.


skokie pet surgery postopComprehensive Pain Management

We all know pain hurts, but pain also has many other detrimental effects on your pet's body. Pain slows healing, decreases activity and causes behavioral changes such as aggression, anxiety and depression. Pain can also worsen some diseases like arthritis and potentially some cancers and interfere with the bond between you and your pet.

As part of our commitment to keep your pet comfortable and protect the bond you share, pain management is part of our pre-operative, intra-operative and post-operative anesthetic and medical protocols. For surgeries as well as for acute and chronic conditions, we use all our available and safe resources, including local anesthetics, NSAIDs (non-steroidal medications), narcotics and oral and injectable analgesics for the complete comfort of your pet.


Healing Postoperative Care

Following veterinary surgery, your pet is closely monitored and cared for by our attentive medical staff for a safe recovery. As your pet is discharged from the hospital, you will be provided detailed information on how to administer any medication and properly care for your pet after surgery. We are also available to answer any questions or concerns that arise after you return home.

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