Surgical Services

Surgical Services at LVH

There are times when your pet may need more than medical intervention; they may require surgical interventions. Although choosing surgical treatment can be scary, be assured that Loftin Veterinary Hospital is dedicated to surgical safety and excellence. We offer planned, elective surgery as well as emergency surgical procedures.

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Surgical Services at Loftin Veterinary Hospital

Loftin Veterinary Hospital understands that surgical procedures may cause worry. We will do our best to communicate as necessary throughout the procedure and contact you as soon as the procedure is complete. Most surgical procedures require general anesthesia and overnight hospitalization. If you have a question about a surgical service not listed, please contact us during office hours.

Surgical Services

  • Spays and neuters
  • Mass removal
  • Soft tissue surgery
  • Orthopedic surgery
  • Cystotomy (bladder stone removal)
  • Exploratory surgery
  • Foreign body removal

Pre-Surgical Screening

Anesthesia and Your Pet

Discharge Instructions

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Surgical AfterCare

Food and water

A decreased appetite is normal the evening after any procedure that includes anesthesia. If your pet does not eat after 24 hours of returning home, please contact us.

Start by giving a small amount of water. If patient holds water down, then offer a small amount of food (approximately 1/3 of normal amount). If patient holds food down well then you can give the remainder of the meal and water.

It is normal for your pet to not have a bowel movement for 1-2 days after any anesthetic procedure. This is due to withholding food before surgery. Some patients will have a small amount of diarrhea post operative, if the diarrhea persists for more than 2 days, please contact the office.


All activity must be restricted for 10 -14 days, until the incision site is healed.

Dogs – Your pet must be leash walked until the incision site is healed. No chasing balls, running around outside, jumping on furniture, etc.

Cats – placing in a quiet room with limited items for your pet to jump on would be ideal. All outdoor cats must be kept inside or confined the night they return home from the hospital.


Your pet was given sedative medications before the procedure. With any anesthetic procedure, your pet will be groggy or tired when he/she returns home. Let them rest off the medications, by placing them in a quiet room with bedding and blankets.

Your pet may be more vocal through the night (whining, crying, moaning). This is normal behavior from the sedative medications wearing off.

Your pet should return to normal behavior by the next morning.

Incision site

It is normal to have some redness and swelling at the incision site upon discharge and returning home.

It is important to look at the incision site every day. If the incision site is very red, swollen or has any discharge, patient must be seen by a veterinarian.

If your pet starts to lick or chew at incision site then an E – collar must be purchased to prevent further complications at incision site. Majority of the surgeries have stitches that are under the skin and will dissolve overtime. If any stitches need to be removed we will discuss this with you.

Incision site heals within 10-14 days after surgery, therefore no baths or grooming until incision site is healed.

Pain Medication

Your pet was sent home with anti inflammatory medication and/or pain medication.  This medication will help with any discomfort from the surgical procedure that was performed today.

Please DO NOT administer any Over The Counter medications (such as Tylenol, Advil, or Aspirin) to your pet, as these medications can be harmful.

The most common side effects of anti inflammatory medications are diarrhea and/or vomiting, if these symptoms occur, please contact our office.


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