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Early detection of disease is of particular importance in companion animals who rely on people for their care and general well-being.  And, since our pets age much faster than we do, yearly check-ups are vital. In addition to annual preventive care visits for check-ups and vaccines, we offer a wide range of veterinary services to keep your companions feeling their best.

Diagnostic and Therapeutic Services:
Our hospital is equipped to provide diagnostic and therapeutic services to care for your pet's complete health care needs.  
Surgical Services:
Our state-of-the-art surgical suite accomodates a wide variety of surgical procedures.
We utilize the safest anesthetics available to provide an extra margin of safety, especially for our older or high-risk patients. Using the most modern equipment, patients' vital signs are monitored during all anesthetic procedures.
Consultation with Specialists:
We offer referrals to Board-Certified internal medicine/radiology specialists who perform endoscopic procedures, MRIs, and CT scans to help us with the diagnosis of
more complicated cases.
Radiology Services:
Our on-site, modern X-ray equipment provides high quality radiographs to aid in the quick diagnosis of many disorders. All radiographs are also reviewed by a board-certified radiologist.
We provide ECG services on-site as well as consultations with cardiology specialists.
Our dental services include ultrasonic teeth cleaning, polishing, tooth extractions and oral surgery.
Our in-house laboratory facilities provide for serum chemistry, hematology, serology, urinalysis and parasite testing. We also utilize commercial veterinary laboratories for specialized diagnostics and consultations.
Permanent Identification:
We offer microchipping with the ResQ microchip. This is an ISO compliant microchip that helps reunite lost pets with their owners.
We maintain a complete inventory of pharmaceuticals, vitamins, shampoos, flea and tick control products, and heartworm preventatives to meet the needs of your pet. We also carry a full line of prescription diets.
Dietary Counseling:
We will provide guidance regarding your pet's nutritional needs for each life stage, including dietary requirements for growth, weight maintenance and performance.
Behavioral Counseling:
We can provide advice regarding the correction of behavioral problems such as excessive barking, chewing, spraying, scratching, digging, housesoiling and aggression.
Therapeutic bathing services are available. Routine grooming and bathing are not offered at our hospital.
Emergency Care:
We provide emergency care during our regular business hours. Please call the ANIMAL EMERGENCY AND REFERRAL ASSOCIATES (AERA) at 973-226-3282 located in Fairfield for after-hours emergencies.
Hospitalization/In-Patient Care
Our hospital is equipped and staffed to provide advanced medical care for patients requiring hospitalization.
A board-certified radiologist is available to perform ultrasound examinations at our facility.

We hope the following information will help answer questions you may have about your pet’s upcoming surgery.
It also explains the decisions you will need to make before your pet’s upcoming surgery.

Is the anesthetic safe?

Today's modern anesthesia and anesthetic monitors have made surgery much safer than in the past. Here at Montville Veterinary Group, we do a thorough physical exam on your pet before administering any anesthetics. We tailor anesthetic protocols to meet each pet's individual health/surgical needs.

Also in human medicine, pre-anesthetic blood testing is important for reducing the risk of anesthesic complications. We strongly recommend that all patients be blood tested prior to any anesthetic procedure.  Even apparently healthy animals can have underlying health problems that cannot be detected without blood testing. If your pet has underlying metabolic disease or another pathologic condition, it is best to diagnose it prior to any anesthetic procedure. If serious health problems are detected,surgery can be postponed until the problem is addressed.

It is important that surgery/dental procedures be performed on an empty stomach to reduce the risk of vomiting during and after anesthesia.  You will need to withhold food for at least 8 to 10 hours before surgery.  Water can be left down for the pet until the morning of surgery.

Will my pet have stitches?

For many surgeries, we use absorbable sutures that are placed underneath the skin and are not visible. These will dissolve on their own, and do not need to be removed.  Some surgeries, such as tumor removals, do require skin stitches.  With either type of suture, you will need to keep an eye on the incision daily for swelling or discharge.  Most dogs and cats do not lick or chew excessively at their incisions, but this is an occasional problem you will need to watch for.  If there are skin sutures, these will usually be removed 10 to 14 days after surgery.  You will also need to limit your pet's activity level and no baths are allowed for the first 10 days after surgery.

Will my pet be in pain?

Anything that causes pain in people can be expected to cause pain in animals. Pets often do not show the same symptoms of pain as people do; they usually don't whine or cry. Pain medications needed will depend on the type of surgery performed.

For dogs, we may recommend an oral anti-inflammatory for several days after surgery to lessen discomfort and swelling. Major surgical procedures may require the use of opiod pain medications, and will be prescribed accordingly.

Because cats do not tolerate, and should not be given, standard pain medications such as aspirin, ibuprofen, or Tylenol, we are limited in the number of medications we can give them. However, recent advances and the development of newer analgesics have allowed us to safely treat pain in cats.

We also utilize narcotic patches on our patients for more invasive surgical procedures. The need for this type of pain medication will be determined on a case by case basis.

What other decisions do I need to make?

While your pet is under anesthesia, it may be the ideal time to perform other minor procedures, such as dentistry, ear cleaning, or implanting an identification microchip.  If you would like an estimate for these extra services, please call ahead of time.

Admission to the hospital in the morning of surgery (between 8:15 - 9 am ) will take approximately 10 minutes and will include reviewing all medications given in the past 24hours choosing pre-anesthetic blood testing and signing consent forms for the procedure.


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