Surgery at Barrington Animal Hospital

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Whether performing a routine surgery or an emergency procedure, you can have confidence that Drs. Stapleton, Duke and Ford and the entire staff at Barrington Animal Hospital will work hard to ensure each procedure is thorough, done with the utmost expertise and is as stress-free as possible for both you and your pet.

At Barrington Animal Hospital, we fully understand the decision to allow your pet to undergo surgery is never an easy one. To that end, we are happy to answer any questions regarding your pet's specific surgery. In fact, a pre-surgical consultation is an essential part of the process. Additionally, our medical staff is happy to provide you with information on postoperative care to ensure a rapid return to your pet's happy, healthy self.

Our State of the Art Facility

Barrington Animal Hospital's state-of-the-art surgical facility ensures procedures are both as safe and efficient as possible. Veterinary technology is advancing at a rapid pace. These advancements, combined with our expertise, greatly reduce the risk for complications and allow us to perform surgical procedures quickly and accurately.

Pre-Surgery Exam

Before your pet undergoes any surgical procedure, a thorough examination takes place. This exam includes a pre-surgical blood screen, which, along with your pet's anesthetic history, breed, preexisting conditions and age will determine a unique anesthesia protocol. These tests have the added benefit of establishing a baseline for the comparison of future blood tests, should your pet require any.

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For most surgical procedures, anesthesia is required. While under anesthesia, your pet is continuously monitored by both our staff and specialized anesthesia monitoring technology. Your pet's blood pressure, heart rate, respiratory rate, body temperature, and oxygen level are all tracked during surgery. We also use a temperature-controlled operating table to assist in maintaining a constant body temperature during the procedure.

Post Surgical Massages

Barrington Animal Hospital is one of the few hospitals in Illinois that offers Post Surgical Massages while dogs and cats are recovering after surgery. Melissa Johnson, our National Board Certified Canine Massage Therapist, offers 20 minute post surgical massages. Massage plays an important role after surgery by increasing circulation while relaxing the muscles, which will help the body pump more oxygen and nutrients into tissues and vital organs. This allows the surgical area(s) to become more flexible and heal at an accelerated rate. Massage also helps to reduce the swelling that can occur after surgery, as it stimulates the lymphatic system to drain more efficiently. In addition, massage helps the body metabolize the anesthetic to help accelerate in the surgical recovery process. After surgery, massage therapy can help calm the nerves and make your pet feel more relaxed and less anxious while recovering.

Pain Management & Post-Operative Care

Just as with humans, pain has many negative effects on pets that go beyond physical discomfort. Pain after surgery can slow healing and worsen diseases like arthritis. And, because our companion friends don't understand why they are experiencing pain, pain can cause behavioral issues and interfere with the bond between you and your pet.

To minimize your pet's discomfort, we typically use a combination of local anesthetics, NSAIDs, and narcotic pain relievers. The exact protocol is tailored to each animal, and depends on a number of factors that are determined by the pre-surgery exam and during the procedure.

The amount of time your pet will need to be monitored after surgery varies. In some cases, animals will need to be monitored overnight; in others, they can be sent home the same day. When your pet is discharged, Drs. Stapleton, Duke and Ford will provide you with information on proper home care after surgery. Often, your pet will be prescribed medication; in this case, we will explain how and when to administer it. We will also be available to answer questions after your pet arrives home. Contact us at (847) 381-4100 with any questions or concerns following surgery and we will be more than happy to help you.

As part of our ongoing care for your pet, we pay particular attention to providing "creature comforts" such as heating discs, towels, pillows, and technician monitoring which can mean holding your pet during the post-surgical phase (depending on the size of the patient!).

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Best Cones in town is a program we offer with you and your pet in mind. It can be extraordinarily stressful when it comes time for your beloved pet to be spayed or neutered. The veterinary team wants you to rest assured our new collar (or cone) will be very accommodating for your pet after surgery, providing a comfortable, cozy experience. The heavy-duty outer material repels grime and fur, and is machine washable. The cone's patented EasyFeed opening allows animals to eat and drink comfortably.

The doctors and staff at Barrington Animal Hospital want you and your pet to have the most pleasant experience possible. When your pet has been released from surgery, we invite you and your family to enjoy an ice cream cone on us at Kookers Restaurant! Of course, we would never forget your pet – they're welcome to enjoy Frosty Paws.

When it comes to caring for your pet, the entire team at Barrington Animal Hospital works hard to put your mind at ease. So sit back, relax, and let Barrington Animal hospital take care of your spay or neuter and enjoy The Best Cones in Town!

For more information about Barrington Animal Hospital's comprehensive surgical care for your pet, please email or call us at (847) 381-4100. We are always happy to answer any of your questions or concerns.