Your Pet's Surgery at River Oaks Animal Hospital

Surgical Services at River OaksDr. Duncan and the entire Myrtle Beach veterinary team at River Oaks Animal Hospital understand the decision to allow your dog or cat to undergo surgery is never easy. For your pet's safety and your peace of mind, we follow the strictest surgical guidelines, including a proactive pain management regimen to keep your pet as comfortable and stress-free as possible.

Perhaps the most important pre-surgical step is to discuss why we believe a particular procedure is necessary and what it entails. To that end, we are happy to answer any questions regarding your pet's surgery. All patients requiring surgery will receive a pre-surgical physical exam, during which Dr. Duncan is available to answer any questions you may have. We want you feel comfortable knowing you are making the right choice for your pet.

Your Pet's Surgery at River Oaks Animal Hospital

Whether your pet is in for a regular spay or neuter or requires a more complicated surgical procedure, you can have confidence Dr. Duncan and medical team at River Oaks Animal Hospital will work hard to ensure each procedure is performed according to the highest surgical standards and is as stress-free as possible for both you and your pet.

Dr. Duncan has experience performing a wide range of surgical procedures, including:

Should your pet require orthopedic surgery, we will provide you with a referral.

Anesthesia for PetsCustomized Anesthesia

Ensuring the health and safety of your pet during surgery is our utmost concern and requires a strict anesthetic and monitoring regimen. We utilize a multi-parameter monitoring and anesthesia system to ensure your pet's safety during all surgeries that we perform.

We highly recommend a pre-surgical blood screen for all pets require blood screens for all pets 2 years old or older. 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. During surgery, your pet is cared for by a highly skilled and experienced veterinary technician using our state-of-the-art monitoring system, which tracks blood pressure, heart rate, respiratory rate, body temperature and oxygen level.

Comprehensive Pain Management

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

As part of our commitment to keep your pet comfortable and protect the bond you both share, we practice a comprehensive, multimodal pain management protocol. All pets undergoing surgery receive pain medication before, during and after the procedure. For acute and chronic conditions we use all our available and safe resources, including opioids, local anesthetics, NSAIDs (non-steroidal medications) and oral and injectable analgesics for the complete comfort of your pet.

Dependable Postoperative Care

As your pet heals after surgery, we are here for you every step of the way. When your pet is discharged from the hospital, you will be provided 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. Should your pet seem uncomfortable, please call us right away.

If you would like more information about the pet surgical services River Oaks Animal Hospital offers for your pet or to schedule an appointment at our animal hospital in Myrtle Beach, please call (843) 236-6080.