The art and science of physically changing the anatomy to treat diseases, injuries, and deformities takes on many forms. At Chuckanut Valley Veterinary Clinic, the veterinarians maintain the highest quality of patient care, aseptic technique, surgical instrumentation and techniques based on current peer reviewed research. Licensed veterinary technicians assist in maintaining high quality anesthesia, fluid therapy, pain management, pre and post op assessments which are a few of the vital components surrounding the surgeon and patient to ensure the best possible outcome.
Using high quality suture and implants, as well as minimal invasive techniques, also contribute to our successful outcomes. Surgical procedures include spay, neuter, tumor removal, foreign body retrieval, resection of intestines, lung lobe resections, fracture fixation by bone plating, intramedullary pinning, and external skeletal fixation, and amputation.
We would be happy to give tours of our surgical facility, surgical instrumentation, and some owner consented cases to demonstrate our dedication and expertise in surgery.
Intravenous Fluid Therapy
An intravenous catheter is placed in one of the front legs, usually, before inducing anesthesia. In rare cases, we can place them in other veins throughout the body if needed. Intravenous catheters are very important to have placed while your pet is in any surgery. This provides an emergency port for a technician to administer any necessary drugs should the need arise. The IV fluids help keep the liver, kidneys, and internal organs supported, perfused, and functioning while under anesthesia. A drug can also be added to the fluids to provide long lasting pain relief after surgery. The IV catheter and fluids will remain running to your pet throughout the day and overnite after surgery, as applicable.
Close anesthetic monitoring is always done by one of our licensed veterinary technicians throughout the entire surgical procedure, and well after recovery. We have the ability to monitor several vital signs, including pulse, heart rate and rhythm, respiratory rate, blood pressure, temperature, and oxygen saturation with anesthetic monitoring equipment and esophageal stethoscopes. Anesthesia is adjusted as needed throughout the surgery, always making certain that your pet is not feeling any pain, but will wake up as quickly as possible.