Our doctors perform an average of eight surgeries a week in our modern surgery suite.
Our fully-equipped modern surgical suite houses the most up to date anesthesia and surgical equipment, allowing our doctors to provide many orthopedic and soft tissue surgical services.
Our highly trained registered veterinary technicians help ensure your pet's safety and comfort before, during and after surgery.
After surgery, patients will be moved to our treatment room where technicians and doctors can keep a close eye on them. We also provide laser therapy to reduce inflammation and pain, and to allow for a smoother, quicker recovery.
We also offer Laser Surgery (CO2 / carbon dioxide laser) to provide the best quality care for your pets. With laser surgery pets can experience less pain, less swelling and bleeding, and will heal more quickly, returning to normal activities much sooner. Unlike traditional scalpel surgery, laser surgery allows for a smaller incision. The laser that “cuts” the tissue is entirely sterile and seals blood vessels and nerve endings as the incision is being made.
In addition, we offer laparoscopic surgery, a technique known as Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS). The benefits of this procedure include greatly reducing surgical pain and speeding recovery time. This is due to decreasing the size of the incision to approximately 1/2 in., which allows for less cutting of muscle and other tissue.
Our doctors also have a cardiologist with whom they can consultant for problem cases.
Referral and specialist contacts throughout the US.
If your pet is to be anesthetized, rest assured that advances in anesthesia and surgery have made routine procedures relatively safe. Nevertheless, occasional problems can arise due to pre-existing conditions not evident during routine pre-anesthetic examinations. To avoid these problems, we require all pets be screened prior to anesthesia by means of the following laboratory tests:
ALT (liver), ALKP (gall bladder/liver), BUN (kidney), CREA (kidney), GLU (diabetes, infection), TP (intestine, liver function), Red Cell Count (anemia), White Cell Count (Infection, disease), Platelet Count and Clotting Time (clotting ability).
We also recommend addition of Complete Chemistry, Blood Count, Electrolytes and Urinalysis tests for Cats and Dogs over 8 years of age.
All patients are recommended to have an ECG to monitor heart function.
At Michigan City Animal Hospital it is standard procedure to provide all patients with as comfortable surgery as possible. We feel it is necessary to give a pain injection at the time of surgery and dispense medication to go home with each patient. We try to keep the cost to a minimum.
This pre-anesthetic screen is not a guarantee against problems, but it will help us deal with a problem should it arise.