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Why we are the best choice for your pet’s surgical needs

Many pet owners are curious about what is involved when their pet is placed under anesthesia. At Littleton Animal Hospital your pet’s safety and comfort are our top priority so you can be sure that your pet will receive only the best and safest anesthetic and surgical care.

Our procedures include the following:

  • Safe Anesthesia—we use a very safe anesthetic gas that is used in human pediatric medicine to provide that extra margin of safety, especially for our older or high-risk patients.

  • Experienced Monitoring Support—our trained technicians use state-of-the-art anesthetic monitors to continuously monitor your pet’s pulse rate, oxygen levels and blood pressure.

  • IV Catheter Placement—fluids are given during surgery to maintain blood pressure and to help your pet recover quickly from the anesthesia.

  • Pain Medication—is administered prior to and after surgery to ensure your pet’s comfort.

  • Pre-Anesthetic Blood Work—ensures your pet is healthy enough to undergo a surgical procedure and that its internal organs can safely process the anesthesia.

We also have warm-water blankets for temperature control during surgery and use fluid pumps for accurate intraoperative fluid therapy.

Veterinary Surgical Services

At Littleton Animal Hospital, our state-of-the-art surgical suite provides for the performance of a wide variety of veterinary procedures for dogs, cats, birds, and exotic pets. We offer a clean and well-equipped facility and experienced team to provide your pet with high quality surgical care in a stress-free and relaxing environment.

Our team of veterinarians and technicians are experienced with a range of surgeries. All of our procedures include a thorough pre-surgical physical examination by a veterinarian, surgical monitoring and lots of care and attention throughout the day.

In addition to spaying and neutering, we also offer soft tissue and orthopedic surgeries. For our clients' convenience, we regularly schedule to have certain surgeries (usually orthopedic surgeries such as fracture repairs and cranial cruciate ligament surgery) performed at our hospital by Dr. McCarthy, a board-certified veterinary surgeon who practices at Tufts.

Surgery Policy

We perform surgeries in the mornings, Monday through Friday. You will be instructed to fast your pet (unless it is a rabbit or guinea pig) the night before and drop it off at 8:30 a.m. on the day of surgery. You may choose to have a pre-surgical blood work panel performed on the day of surgery. This will help to identify any conditions that may complicate anesthesia. If your pet is over 8 years old, we require that a complete blood count, chemistry profile, and thyroid hormone level be performed no longer than 30 days prior to surgery.