Houston Pet Surgery
Surgery is an effective way to treat many serious injuries and disorders. While invasive, surgical procedures remain the backbone of veterinary medicine, delivering unparalleled results in the field of pet healthcare.
Garden Oaks Veterinary Center is proud to offer state-of-the-art surgical facilities and equipment. We continue to utilize innovative surgical techniques and technology to remain at the forefront of veterinary medicine. Our hospital provides a large number of surgical services ranging from standard spaying and neutering to more medically extensive procedures.
Patient safety and comfort is our main priority. Garden Oaks Veterinary Center's experienced veterinarians provide skilled pain management during and after all surgical procedures, ensuring your pet recovers quickly and pain-free.
Our veterinary team educates you throughout the entire process, giving you the tools to make informed decisions regarding your treatment options. We understand surgery is a stressful time for any owner—because of this, we are available every step of the way to answer questions and put your mind at ease.
Is your pet already scheduled for surgery? Please review our Surgery Policies.
What kind of surgeries does your center perform?
We can perform a range of surgical procedures on both cats and dogs. Whether your pets need spaying, neutering, or a more extensive surgical procedure, we can provide care quickly and with minimal pain. To inquire about a specific procedure, please call us. We aim to say “yes” to our clients whenever possible, and if we cannot accommodate your pets’ needs, we may be able to refer you to someone who can.
What is the recovery time for my pet after they’ve had surgery?
The recovery period for pets after surgeries depends on several factors, including the type of surgical procedure, age, breed of your pet, and overall health.
Here are some guidelines regarding the general post-surgery recovery period for different pets:
- Dogs: The recovery period is typically two weeks for minor surgeries. The recovery period can be several weeks or even months for major surgeries, such as orthopedic procedures.
- Cats: For minor surgeries like spaying or neutering, recovery is generally one to two weeks. More complicated procedures, like cancer removal, can have an extended recovery period of up to six weeks or longer.
During the post-surgery recovery period, providing the right support to your pet is essential. Here are some necessary steps to help support your pet’s recovery after surgery:
- Administer Medications: Your veterinarian may prescribe pain relief or other medications. Make sure to follow the dosage instructions carefully and ask your vet any questions you have.
- Special Dietary Requirements: Follow the recommended dietary guidelines provided by your veterinarian. Ensure your pet receives a well-balanced diet with controlled portions to prevent them from putting on extra weight or overeating.
- Proper Rest: Encourage your pet to rest during their recovery period. Limit their physical activity as recommended by the veterinarian.
- Monitoring: Monitor your pet’s incision site, body temperature, and behavior to assess their healing process. Ensure they are eating well and drinking enough water.
- Post-Surgical Checkups: Attend all scheduled follow-up appointments recommended by your veterinarian to check your pet’s progress and receive any necessary advice.
By monitoring your pet’s progress properly and providing adequate support, you can help ensure a smooth and successful recovery after surgery. Contact your veterinarian immediately if you observe any issues, such as excessive swelling, bleeding, or other complications. A timely response can improve your pet’s chances of a full recovery.
What qualifications do you have for performing pet surgeries?
Our office is accredited by the American Animal Hospital Foundation, meaning we have been tested on approximately 900 different veterinary standards. Only about 12% of animal hospitals in the US and Canada can say the same. Additionally, we’ve outfitted our facilities with the latest in veterinary technology, ensuring that your pet will get the best care possible. Finally, our Chief Veterinary Officer has practiced veterinary medicine since 2000. Our Associate Veterinarian, though newer to the field, is an excellent doctor and a member of the American Veterinary Association, the Louisiana Veterinary Medical Association, and the National Association of Black Veterinarians.
Will my pet have to stay at the center overnight following surgery?
Most pets go home the same day as the surgery, but some may need to stay overnight for close monitoring. Potential complications requiring an overnight stay include abnormal bleeding, difficulty breathing, or concerns managing nausea, vomiting, or pain after surgery. If your pet shows any of these complications, don’t worry— your veterinarian will monitor the situation closely to provide appropriate care.
What can I do to prepare my pet for their surgery?
Our doctors will give you specific advice depending on the procedure; however, there are some general steps you can take as well. For example, ensure that you have someone available to look after your dog in the days following surgery, as they may need additional care. Set up a comfortable space for them away from loud, heavily trafficked areas of your home, as rest is essential to recovery. Be sure to follow all post-operative instructions given to you by your doctor. Lastly, remain calm. Pets—especially dogs—take cues from us. If you become excited or overtly anxious, they might too. Keeping calm will assure them that they are safe and free to let their guard down.
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Established May of 2015, our mission at Garden Oaks Veterinary Center is to provide relationship-centered, compassionate care to our clients and high-quality medicine and diagnostics for all patients. Through open communication and education, we strive to be a trusted partner in your pet’s health care and are dedicated to redefining the experience of “going to the vet.”
“Thank you SO SO SO much Robert Fisher and the entire Garden Oaks staff. Y’all are truly incredible.”- Ashley K.
“Cannot speak highly enough about Garden Oaks. My 4 dogs have seen a few vets here and they have all been great.”- Magda D.
“This was my first visit and it’s a different environment compared to other veterinaries I’ve visited. Friendly and very helpful staff. Max (my dog) was very nervous at first so they made sure to make him as comfortable as possible.”- Carlos S.