Our vets in Boulder and Westminster are highly trained to perform a wide range of surgical procedures for pets in need of emergency treatment.

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Emergency Veterinary Surgery for Pets

At our pet hospitals in Boulder and Westminster, we offer a wide range of surgical procedures for cats and dogs using stringent surgical protocols. 

During each surgery, a dedicated nurse will administer anesthesia and continuously monitor your pet using electronic patient monitoring equipment. Pain management will also be provided. 

After surgery, our priorities shift to post-operative monitoring and pain management. Your veterinarian will also provide detailed instructions for at-home care. 

Emergency Veterinary Surgery in Boulder and Westminster

What to Expect from Emergency Veterinary Surgery

We are committed to keeping you fully informed about why a surgical procedure is being recommended. We'll also explain any post-operative care your pet will need at home. We practice stringent surgical protocols at our clinic.

Surgical Procedures

Our veterinary teams at Boulder and Northside Emergency Pet Clinics perform emergency surgeries to help treat critical conditions in pets or to repair injuries sustained through trauma. 

We routinely perform the following emergency surgeries at our Boulder and Westminster emergency pet clinics:

  • GDV Gastropexy

    Gastric dilatation-volvulus (GDV) is a serious condition for dogs and is fatal if left untreated. Commonly referred to as "bloat," GDV occurs when a dog's stomach fills with gas, food, or fluid and subsequently twists.GDV develops without warning and can progress quickly.

    Our team at Boulder and Northside Emergency Pet Clinics is experienced in handling GDV emergencies. Stabilization of your dog is paramount and often begins with intravenous fluids and oxygen therapy.

    Surgery involves full exploration of the abdomen and de-rotation of the stomach. Additionally, the viability of the stomach wall, the spleen, and all other organs will be determined. Once the stomach is returned to the normal position in the abdomen, it is permanently fixed to the abdominal wall (gastropexy)

  • Laceration Repair

    A laceration is a wound produced by the tearing of body tissue. Unlike an incision with smooth edges, a laceration is often jagged and irregular. Surgical repair of a laceration is indicated whenever the laceration occurred recently and is large enough to warrant sutures. 

    If your pet has suffered a trauma, puncture wound or bite and is in need of laceration or abscess repair, our experienced and talented team will effectively evaluate and treat your pet to minimize additional risks and keep pain under control.

  • Splenectomy

    The spleen is responsible for storing blood vessels and cleaning toxins from the blood. If damaged, it can bleed profusely into the abdominal cavity, causing anemia, low blood pressure, shock and even death.

    Splenectomy is the medical term for the surgical removal of the spleen. This procedure is often combined with exploratory abdominal surgery, in which all of the abdominal organs are inspected and biopsies are collected if needed.

  • Abdominal Exploratory Surgery

    An abdominal exploratory is a surgical procedure involving the opening of the abdominal cavity and examination of a dog’s abdominal organs.

    If deemed necessary, other surgical procedures such as splenectomy, biopsy, cystotomy, ovariohysterectomy or enterotomy may be performed. 

  • Foreign Body Removal

    Sometimes, foreign objects are ingested or can get stuck inside a cat's or dog's body.

    Whether your pet has eaten an object they shouldn't have or an accident has left them injured, we can perform foreign body surgery to remove it.

    In some cases, specialized skills or equipment are needed to perform pet surgery. If that is the case for your animal, your vet will refer you to a cat or dog surgeon near Boulder and Westminster and work closely with your veterinary surgeon to ensure that your dog or cat receives the very best care.

  • Aural Hematoma Repair

    Aural hematoma is a collection of blood in the skin and cartilage of the ear. Sources of irritation to the ear linked to the development of an aural hematoma include inflammation, allergies, parasites, foreign bodies and trauma.

    Treatment options include needle aspiration and bandages, tube drainage systems and incisional drainage. The goals of surgery are to remove the hematoma, prevent recurrence and retain the natural appearance of the ears.

    The surgical procedure typically includes making an incision on the underside of the ear flap to drain the fluid and followed by placing several sutures to prevent fluid from building back up. A bandage is typically placed after surgery for a couple of days to help decrease swelling, discharge, and trauma. 

  • C-Sections

    During Cesarean sections, we surgically remove puppies or kittens from their mother's uterus.

    C-sections are typically performed when the mother is unable to give birth naturally. 

The Surgery Process

We understand that you may be feeling overwhelmed - even frightened - at the prospect of bringing your pet in for surgery. Please rest assured that we only recommend surgery when it is in the best interests of your furry companion. 

We will ensure that you fully understand why surgery is being recommended, and that you are comfortable deciding to move forward. 

If your pet needs advanced care, our vets will refer you to a veterinary surgeon near Boulder or Westminster and work closely with your vet surgeon to ensure that your pet receives the best possible care. 

Surgical protocols at our clinic include:

Pre-surgical assessments. We will confirm the specifics of the procedure, complete a physical exam, and make sure blood tests have been completed and reviewed by the vet to determine if your pet faces any risk of anesthesia-related complications.

Dedicated surgical suites. Surgeries are performed in a dedicated surgical suite. This room is kept completely sterile to prevent infection and cross-contamination.

Surgical attire. Our staff wears disposable caps and masks at all times when they are in our surgical suites. Those involved in the procedure itself will also wear sterile gowns and single-use gloves.

Sterile packs and equipment. We carefully clean, sterilize and wrap our surgical instruments and equipment before every surgery.