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Dr. Clarkson, Dr. Anderson, and Dr. Whitesell perform soft tissue and orthopedic surgical procedures following all AAHA safety standards. They are both trained, skilled and experienced veterinary surgeons and approach this aspect of their profession with a deep sense of compassion for all animals.

We understand that the decision to allow your beloved companion to undergo surgery is never an easy one. We strive to ensure your pet's procedure is as comfortable and stress free as possible. Perhaps the most important pre-surgical step we take is to discuss with you why we believe a particular procedure is necessary and what it entails. We also provide information on proper postoperative care and answer any questions you may have so that you feel comfortable knowing you are making the right choice for your pet.

SurgeryWe believe it is in the best interests of our clients' pets for us to offer as wide an array of surgical services from our facility as possible. It is important for you and your pet to receive care in a friendly and welcoming facility from people you both have come to know in order to reduce stress and promote healing.

We perform a wide variety of soft tissue and orthopedic surgeries here at the facility for the maximum comfort and safety of your pet.

Safe, Modern Anesthesia

Anesthesia protocol is decided by our veterinarians at the time of surgery based on your pet's individual needs. Ensuring the health and safety of your pet during surgery is of the utmost importance to us and requires an anesthetic and monitoring regimen that adheres to the highest principles and ideals of veterinary medicine.

At Westarbor Animal Hospital, we utilize a multi-parameter monitoring and anesthesia care. Your pet has access to state-of-the-art anesthetic administration and cardiovascular monitoring equipment and protocols performed by our skilled, licensed professionals. Only our staff of licensed veterinary technicians cares for your pet during and after surgery.

Prior to surgery, your pet is examined and a pre-surgical blood screen is performed. The results of these tests and your pet's past anesthetic history, breed, preexisting conditions, and age are used to create an individualized anesthesia protocol for your pet.

While under anesthesia your pet is cared for by a well-trained and experienced veterinary technician using our monitoring system, which tracks blood pressure, heart rate, respiratory rate, expired CO2 gas, body temperature, and oxygen level.

Pain Management

We all know that pain hurts, but pain also has many other detrimental effects on the body. Pain slows healing, decreases activity, causes behavior changes (such as aggression, anxiety, and depression). Pain worsens diseases like arthritis and potentially some cancers. It interferes with the bond between you and your pet.

As your pet is being discharged, we provide you with detailed information on how to properly care for your pet at home after surgery. We are also happy to answer any questions or concerns that may arise once you get your pet home. All patients are evaluated and rated on the pain scale, and all surgical and dental patients are given pre-surgical and post-operative pain medications.