Glenside Hours:
Mon - Fri: 8am - 10pm
Sat: 8am - 4pm
Sun: 8am -12pm & 1pm - 3pm
Willow Grove Hours:
Mon, Tues, Fri: 8am-6pm
Wed: 8am-4pm
Sat: 9am -3pm
 
 
 

Anesthesia/Surgery

Our well-equipped surgical suite and trained OR technicians are prepared to perform a wide variety of surgical procedures, from routine spays to emergency surgery. Our anesthesia technicians provide constant monitoring throughout all procedures to offer an extra margin of safety, especially for our older and high-risk patients.

Laparoscopic (Minimally Invasive) Surgery

At Rau Animal Hospital, we now offer laparoscopic assisted sterilization surgery. If your female dog is intact and you’re starting to plan for her sterilization surgery, you may want to consider an alternative to traditional spaying.

Laparoscopy goes by a number of names, including minimally invasive surgery, video surgery, endoscopic surgery and ‘keyhole surgery’. Laparoscopy for abdominal procedures in humans is also called ‘belly button surgery’.

The benefit for veterinarians who perform the procedure – and therefore their patients – is enhanced visualization of the abdominal cavity thanks to the magnification properties of the scope. Enhanced visualization during surgery leads to safer procedures and better outcomes.

For your dog, the main advantages of the procedure as compared to a traditional spay include less stress and trauma, dramatic reduction in pain, smaller incisions, less bruising and fewer complications.

Anesthesia Services

At Rau Animal Hospital, we care about your pet’s safety. We believe in treating each patient as an individual. Before any surgical procedure, our doctors give each patient a thorough physical exam, and review recent lab work. An anesthetic protocol is then created to fit your pet’s specific needs.

Your pet will be monitored by a certified veterinary technician and veterinarian at all times during the anesthetic process. From pre-operative care to recovery, your pet will be monitored by OR technicians with special training in anesthesia and pain management. From routine spays and neuters to more advanced anesthesia techniques for critical and cardiac cases, Rau uses state-of-the-art monitors such as ECG, Pulse Oximetry, Capnography, and Blood Pressure.

ECG: This measures the electrical activity of the heart during the anesthetic event. Monitoring the ECG tracings can allow us to track your pet’s heart rate, as well as alert us to any arrhythmias while under anesthesia.

Blood Pressure Monitor: This device measures how well your pet is performing while under anesthesia. It allows us to keep track of the quality of pulses and to ensure blood is reaching vital organs at all times.

Pulse-oximeter: This device will tell us how well your pet is oxygenating, and how much oxygen is being carried to all organs in the body.

Capnograph: This important device will tell us how well the patient is ventilating. During anesthesia it is very important to monitor how well a patient is breathing, and the quality of each breath. The capnograph can also alert us to any problems with the patient’s airway.

Temperature Probe: This device allows us to monitor your pet’s temperature during the anesthetic process.

Post-operative care: We understand that anesthetic care doesn’t stop as soon as the patient is off the operating table. During recovery, your pet is monitored and provided with supplemental heat, as well as pain medication.

We believe in treating your pet’s pain very seriously. Studies have shown that pets that receive pain medication prior to and after a painful surgical event have a faster recovery time. We will send your pet home with a pain medication protocol tailored to your pet’s specific needs. From a routine neuter to an extensive dentistry, we will create a pain management regime to keep your pet comfortable during the recovery process.