State-of-the-Art Veterinary Surgical Services
& Care for Your Pet
When a pet requires veterinary surgery—whether it’s a spay or neuter procedure or something more advanced—it’s important to ensure that he or she will be in the best possible hands. At Marina Veterinary Center, the health and well-being of your pet is our top priority.
Our veterinarians and staff will carefully review your pet’s condition and all of the treatment options available. We will work with you to determine the best course of action. If surgery is the solution, rest assured that we have the knowledge, tools, and experience necessary to fulfill your pet’s veterinary needs. In addition, we will take the steps needed to ensure that your pet feels as comfortable and secure as possible.
We perform a wide variety of veterinary surgery procedures at our hospital. These range from soft tissue surgeries—such as spay, neuter, and urinary tract procedures like bladder stone and P.U. surgery for cats—to orthopedic procedures such as patella luxation, cruciate repair, and fractures in small dogs.
Our veterinarians are also skilled at mass and foreign body removals, laceration repairs, cat and dog dental surgery, and more. Should your pet require more advanced surgical care than we can provide at our hospital, we have a network of specialists that we work closely with to achieve outstanding results.
Our veterinarians are continually educated in the latest advances in veterinary medicine. We were one of the first veterinary hospitals in the United States to offer cold laser therapy to pets. Now we are the first pet hospital in California to use the Diamond Laser Scalpel™ for advanced veterinary surgical procedures.
Diamonds are the hardest natural substance known to man. The Diamond Laser Scalpel™ offers our veterinarians a level of precision that was previously unheard of. Its cutting edge is 40 times sharper than that of a steel scalpel. This enables our veterinary surgeons to cut without exerting undue pressure, leading to minimal collateral tissue damage, less bruising and inflammation, and a quicker recovery time. This advanced technology is especially helpful in the case of soft tissue surgeries involving the eyes, face, and neck—where controlled precision is especially important.
Whether our veterinarians are using the diamond scalpel or one of our other high-quality blades, it will be connected to the Luxar carbon dioxide laser technology we use for the majority of our surgeries. This technology enables our veterinarians to cut and cauterize at the same time, resulting in less blood loss, swelling, and pain for the patient. It also enables us to reduce the amount of time a pet must spend in surgery.
Often a pet’s first experience with a veterinarian, beyond an office visit, will be for a spay or neuter procedure. The manner in which a patient is treated could impact how that pet feels about veterinary care for the rest of his or her life. That’s why it’s so important to turn to a veterinarian you can trust for all of your pet’s surgical needs.
At Marina Veterinary Center, we offer the highest standard of care, beginning with the pre-anesthetic checkup. Prior to being cleared for surgery, your pet will receive a thorough physical exam, complete with blood work. In the case of senior pets and those patients who require it, we will also take digital X-rays. This enables our veterinarians to ensure that the patient’s lungs are clear and that no tumors or signs of disease are present.
You will also be asked to complete our surgery anesthesia release form which will ask about your pet’s recent health and any potential symptoms that may be cause for concern.
Once the surgery is ready to proceed, a veterinary staff member will be by your pet’s side, acting as his or her own personal nurse. Pre-anesthetic medication will be administered to help control post-operative pain. Throughout the procedure, your pet’s oxygen saturation levels, pulse, and heart rate and rhythm will be closely monitored using pulse oximetry and EKG equipment.
In addition, since anesthesia often leads to a drop in body temperature, a circulating air heating pad will be used during and after surgery to protect your pet from hypothermia. Maintaining a patient’s body temperature has also been found to facilitate more rapid healing.
After your pet’s surgery has been completed and he or she is ready to go home with you, our veterinarians will provide complete follow-up care instructions. Should you have any questions or concerns, you are welcome to call us at any time. We are always happy to assist you!