Animal Hospital in Colorado Springs Educates Pet Owners About Pet Surgery Protocol

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., May 5, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Centennial Animal Hospital in Colorado Springs, CO is educating pet owners about the different types of pet surgery and what to expect before and after an operation. The animal hospital's veterinarians are working to make all surgical procedure a smooth and stress-free process for both pets and their owners. This includes educating owners about how best to prepare pets for a procedure and how to provide post-op pet care at home. The Colorado Springs animal hospital provides cutting-edge veterinary services for routine, advanced and emergency operations.

Veterinarian Dr. Mike Stahl is working to make pet surgery a safe, easy and stress-free experience for both pets and their owners.

"Any surgical procedure, no matter how routine, can be a challenging experience for pets and their owners," said Dr. Mike Stahl. "By educating pet owners about what to expect, our animal vet hospital is hoping to make surgical procedures easier and less-stressful. Knowing how to prepare de-mystifies the operation and can make a significant difference for a pet's overall well-being."

Dr. Mike Stahl and his team start by helping pet owners prepare for an operation. The vet hospital follows strict safety and pain management pet care protocol. All pets will receive pre-operative blood work. These tests screen for undiagnosed health conditions that could complicate the safe administration of anesthesia.

Prior to an operation, the vet hospital recommends pet owners restrict food at least 12 hours in advance. For example, spay and neuter operations typically occur in the early morning; pet owners should feed their pets at night and then skip the morning meal. An empty stomach reduces the risk for asphyxiation should a pet experience an unexpected allergic reaction to the anesthesia.

"During an operation, we use the latest technology to carefully monitor a pet's vital signs," said Colorado Springs veterinarian Dr. Nicole Stahl. "Combined with our advanced diagnostic technology, including digital radiography and ultrasound, we are proud to be at the forefront with the pet surgery services we provide."

Following an operation, pets are carefully supervised during the recovery period to ensure no complications occurred. After surgery, Dr. Nicole Stahl warns that pets may still be groggy from anesthesia. Assistance may be necessary when placing pets in a car and taking them home.

Prior to sending any pet home, the veterinarians will discuss post-operative pet care in detail with each pet owner. For example, after a spay/neuter operation, pets must be kept quiet with minimal activity for five to seven days. Pets are also sent home with pain management medication if necessary.

Centennial Animal Hospital offers routine operations, including spay/neuter, advanced procedures like laser surgery and ACL surgery, and emergency vet surgery.

Other veterinary services available at the animal vet hospital include vaccinations, pet wellness exams, and pet dental care. Pet owners may learn more at

CONTACT: Centennial Animal Hospital 888-667-5235Source:Centennial Animal Hospital