AAHA Standards for Safer Pet Surgery

Your pet will likely need surgery at some point in their lives. Pet surgery can be corrective or preventive in nature, meaning it can either treat a problem or prevent one from developing. As an AAHA-accredited animal hospital, we provide Kettering and the surrounding pet community with safe and effective surgery performed to AAHA’s rigorous standards every time. Hills and Dales Veterinary Clinic is committed to your pet’s safety and comfort.

Surgeries We Perform

Our veterinarians have the expertise to perform a range of soft tissue surgeries. Common ones we perform include:

  • Mass removals
  • Oral surgery
  • Spays and neuters
  • Cystotomies
  • Splenectomies
  • And more
Pet Surgery in Kettering: Vet Checks Dog From Exam Table

Cat Declawing Surgery

Cat declawing surgery is a controversial issue, and we perform it only in certain situations. For instance, cat declawing may be necessary if their claws present an abnormally high risk to their owner, such as an owner who is immunodeficient or on blood thinners. The procedure is major surgery, so your cat's health and aggressive pain management before, during, and after the surgery will be discussed at length. Alternatives to cat declawing are synthetic nail caps that can last up to a month, teaching the cat not to claw destructively, and trimming nails regularly. For more information about this surgery and if your cat is a candidate, please contact us today.

Safety and Comfort

Each pet surgery we perform is done to AAHA’s standards. We perform pre-anesthetic blood work and an exam before each procedure. This ensures your pet has no underlying conditions that could interfere with the anesthesia. Next, we administer an appropriate dose of anesthesia and set up an IV catheter that provides fluid therapy and keeps them hydrated throughout the procedure. Additionally, we have extensive monitoring equipment that one of our dedicated veterinary technicians watches for any changes. We monitor your pet’s blood pressure, heart rate and rhythm, pulse oximetry, body temperature, respiration rate, and more.

Pet Surgery in Kettering: Vet Carrying Puppy
Pet Surgery in Kettering: Cat Wearing Cone

Post-Surgery Care

After surgery, we ensure your pet has a smooth recovery from anesthesia and will let you know when he/she is ready to go home. For their at-home care, we issue detailed, personalized instructions. Your pet will need pain medication and a quiet place to rest until fully recovered from the anesthesia. You should also try to keep them from any extensive activity until their surgical incision heals. You'll receive personalized instructions, tailored to meet your pet's needs and yours.

Contact us today for more detailed information about our surgical procedures.