We understand the decision to allow your beloved companion to undergo surgery is never easy. Dr. Seagle has experience in routine small animal surgery, including procedures such as spays, neuters, declaws, and growth removals. Our surgery suite is equipped with gas anesthesia, pulse oximetry, EKG, blood pressure monitoring, a water circulating heating unit, and electrocautery.
Any pet undergoing anesthesia at Austin Village Pet Hospital is monitored by an experienced registered veterinary technician. These technicians are trained and licensed in veterinary anesthesia as well as other diagnostic, surgery and dentistry-related skills. They remain with the patient during pre-op, surgery and recovery, monitoring vital signs and anesthesia plane, and administering any needed medications. Every surgical patient has a multi-modal pain control protocol tailored for their needs.
Declawing is the surgical removal of a cat's claws. In order to prevent the claw from growing back, the ungual crest, which contains the cells that produce the claws, must be removed. This involves amputating the last bone, or third phalanx, of the cat's toes. All declaw patients receive Buprenorphine for systemic pain control pre- and post-operatively, as well as local nerve blocks to keep the area numb. As with any surgical patient, they are closely monitored by our registered veterinary technicians, who utilize EKG, Doppler blood pressure, and PO2 (partial pressure of oxygen) monitoring.
In addition to the general veterinary surgeries available through our veterinarians, Austin Village Pet Hospital is able to offer advanced surgeries such as TPLOs and fracture repairs through our partnership with Marian Benitez, DVM, MS, DACVS. Dr. Benitez graduated top of her class at Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2010. Her desire to pursue surgery led her to advanced surgical training where she completed a medical and surgical internship at the University of Georgia and a three year small animal surgical residency at Kansas State University.
Dr. Benitez completed her required credentials and became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in February 2015. She spent three years advancing her surgical skills and training veterinary students, interns and residents as a clinical faculty member at Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine. She enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine and surgery, but she has special interest in orthopedic procedures for cranial cruciate ligament rupture and gastrointestinal diseases. Her Masters of Science thesis focused on pain management considerations of small animals and she is invested in bringing about excellent pain management for her patients.
You can learn more about Dr. Benitez' advanced surgery practice at DogwoodVeterinarySurgery.com.