General and Specialized Surgeries
Dr. Blakesley is experienced in the most common surgical procedures. She performs under the safest possible anesthetic and with the utmost attention to patient monitoring. After each surgical procedure, surgery patients are placed in our ICU area, where they are monitored by a veterinary technician until they go home. Her surgical services include routine and soft tissue surgeries include spays & neuters and mass removals. Our surgeries include the following:
- Physical Medical Exam by the Veterinarian
- Blood work to minimize anesthetic risks
- Updating vaccinations if necessary
- Monitoring your pet's heart, lungs, oxygen saturation levels, temperature, and blood pressure
- Fluids to help in reversal of the anesthesia when the surgery is over
- Pain management before, during, and after your pet’s surgery
- Recovery from surgery in our comfortable, quiet ICU
Important Information for Your Pet’s Surgery
- No food or water after 10 pm the day before or morning of the surgery.
- Drop off is any time between 8 am to 9 am the morning of the surgery.
- Please notify us of any medications given 12-24 hours prior to surgery.
In House & Reference Laboratories
Our in-house laboratory allows us to perform many types of testing that can aid in the diagnosis and treatment of your pet. Our state-of-the-art, in-house laboratory equipment allows us to diagnose your pet. We are able to perform many tests as they are needed for your pet’s care, including:
- CBC (complete blood count) and serum chemistry analyzers
- Viruses (Parvovirus, Feline Leukemia Virus, and Feline Immunodeficiency Virus)
- Heartworm Disease
- Fecal Analysis (parasites such as hookworms, whipworms, tapeworms, and roundworms)
- Ear, Mass & Skin Cytology
- Skin scrapes
- Glucose curves
We also utilize an outside laboratory for performing urine and skin cultures. This outside laboratory is Idexx Reference Labs, the nation’s premier veterinary diagnostic laboratory. Idexx Reference Labs can provide us with quick results for a wide variety of diseases, including the following types of tests:
- Bacterial cultures
- Fungal cultures
- Comprehensive thyroid panels
- Vaccine titers
Diagnostic Digital Radiology (X-rays)
Southern Hills Animal Hospital considers the use of digital radiograph technology as a critical tool in modern diagnostic procedures. Radiographs, which are commonly known as X-rays, are used to evaluate injuries and conditions which require more than external examination.
Radiology equipment gives us a non-evasive way to observe your pet’s internal physiology so that we can provide a more thorough and accurate diagnosis.
Digital imaging allows our staff to view X-rays more quickly, not to mention more clearly. Dr. Blakesley uses radiographs to detect:
- Bone fractures
- Bladder stones
- Soft tissue
- Foreign objects such as toys or rocks
The imaging procedure is completely painless and can be performed on calm and cooperative pets without sedation. Dr. Blakesley may need to administer a sedative or general anesthesia in cases where a dog or cat has trouble becoming fully relaxed naturally.
Your pet may have to be dropped off for the day if X-rays are necessary. However, we can often have X-rays taken immediately and have the information we need in urgent situations.
Dental Cleaning, Scaling, Polishing & Extractions
Periodontal disease is present in an estimated 80% of dogs and 70% of cats by 2 years of age!
It begins when bacteria in the mouth form a substance called plaque that sticks to the surface of the teeth. Subsequently, minerals in the saliva harden the plaque into dental calculus (tartar), which is firmly attached to the teeth. It includes gingivitis (inflammation or reddening of the gums) and periodontitis (loss of bone and soft tissue around the teeth). Studies have shown that periodontal disease is associated with microscopic changes in the heart, liver, and kidneys that could be detrimental to these organs.
While brushing your pet's teeth can help reduce plaque accumulation and therefore slow down the progression of periodontal disease, it cannot remove tartar and it's not possible to reach every part of the tooth. For that reason, we recommend regular dental cleanings by a veterinarian to help remove plaque and tartar before it can cause permanent harm to your pet's mouth and internal organs.
Initial signs include bad breath and gum inflammation, but unchecked, periodontal disease can lead to tooth loss and damage to internal organs like the liver, kidney and heart. Routine dental cleanings are aimed at prevention - keeping your pet's body healthy, by keeping the mouth clean.
If you feel your pet might be ready for a dental, schedule a Courtesy Dental Exam today!