Cat & Dog Surgery

If your veterinarian recommends cat or dog surgery, you may have several questions. Will it be safe? Will my pet be in pain? How long will it take them to heal? We can answer all of these questions and more at Dundee Animal Hospital, where our team puts patient safety above everything else. Your pet is a beloved part of your family, and we know how important it is to give them the best possible care while they are with us. Furthermore, as an AAHA-accredited hospital, you can rest assured that we will take every measure necessary to make sure your pet is healthy, happy and pain-free when they leave our facility.

We encourage you to ask any questions you have about your pet's surgery. We will be glad to fill you in on what to expect the day of their procedure. It is important to us that you fully understand every step of the process and feel comfortable placing your pet in our care.

What To Expect Before, During, and After Cat or Dog Surgery

What To Expect Before, During, and After Cat or Dog Surgery

Your pet will have an anesthetic and pain management protocol tailored to their specific needs. Creating this protocol requires a pre-surgical exam and testing to gauge their current health status. This will help us determine whether we need to take any special steps to ensure their safety during surgery. The findings we obtain from this initial step are also necessary for administering the correct anesthesia levels. The day of your pet's surgery, we will pre-medicate your pet with a light sedative and analgesics (pain relief medication). We will then place a catheter for giving IV fluids, along with medication to help us place a tracheal tube for intubation if necessary.

During every cat or dog surgery, we will maintain a sterile, safe environment and use a sterile surgical pack exclusive to their procedure. An experienced technician will monitor your pet's heart rate, heart rhythm, blood pressure and oxygen levels throughout the surgery. We also monitor your pet's vital signs while they are waking up in our recovery area.

Your pet will continue receiving fluids and additional medication if necessary to help their recovery go smoothly. One of our team members will reach out to let you know how your pet is doing, and when you can expect to bring them home. We will provide you with take-home pain relief medication (in liquid or tablet form), along with instructions for managing your pet's care in the following days. Our Dundee veterinarian is available 24/7 to answer your questions or address concerns.

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Medical Boarding and Overnight Care

Medical Boarding and Overnight Care

Our Dundee location is happy to offer medical boarding or 24/7 overnight care for its patients. This way, we will not need to transfer your pet to another hospital if they need further treatment or supervision. Our medical boarding service is especially ideal for pets that are diabetic and need routine insulin injections, and for pets taking multiple medications. If you like, you may also board your other "healthy" pet to accompany their sibling. The standard boarding fee will apply, and your pets must be up-to-date on their distemper combination and kennel cough vaccinations.

Your pet will be in good hands during their stay with us, and you are more than welcome to call at any time to check on them. They will be staying in a comfortable, secure space and walked every 2-4 hours as appropriate. If you would like to know more about our overnight monitoring or medical boarding services, call our Dundee location today at 847-428-6114.

Dr. Kersting is an excellent, well educated Veterinarian and person, very nice bed side manner. My husband and I highly recommend this Vet/hospital open 24/7. Never turn away anyone either, always willing to help and give advice too.
-Katie E.

First time here, and the whole staff was simply amazing! We were in, taken to the exam room, discussed the X-rays in just under an hour...The DR called me every few hours to keep me updated on my cat, we picked her up that evening and she is doing much better...Follow up with the cardiologist soon! But I would like to thank everyone here, who were so welcoming and sweet to us, especially since I was a total mess!!
-Tiffany K.

Could not be happier with our first visit. The staff was friendly and efficient. The vets are knowledgeable and all have a real compassion for animals and it shows! So glad that we found this place and our miniature Schnauzer named Schnitzel is too!
-Deborah L.

I pass several animal hospitals to reach this location. The staff is exceptional to me and has always treated my pets well.
-Dawn M.

My little Gina is 15 now and still going strong, thanks to the entire staff here. Gina has had a few problems that you have always managed to help her with, THANK YOU SO MUCH.
-Donna C.

Thank you for taking such great care of our dog early this morning in Dundee. He had a medical emergency and the staff couldn't have been more caring or professional.
-Sandra C.

Dr O'Brien is fantastic! She provides comprehensive, patient centered care with compassion. She is focused on heath maintenance and knows just when to provide effective interventions when problems arise. Her confidence, empathy and compassion make me feel more than comfortable in following her recommendations. Thank you Dr O'Brien for your service!
-Jessica V.

I’ve been taking my pets here forever. Always great care given and Dr. Kelly Kavanaugh is the absolute best!
-Kimberly O.

We'd been taking our litter mate pugs here since they were puppies, just under 14 years. We've always enjoyed the entire staff's pleasant, accommodating and professional attitudes. My family recently had to make the toughest decision there is regarding our beloved Chili. We will be forever grateful for the compassion they showed us and our sweet dog at the end of his days. A very special thanks to Dr Lupo, probably the kindest person we've ever met. It's obvious these people not only know what they're doing, they genuinely love animals. Thank you all so so much.
-Nicole S.

Had an emergency visit with this clinic today for our Schnoodle. Never have been here before but could not have been treated any better by the technicians and the vet on call. Nora and her family thank you from the bottom of our hearts for taking care of our sweet girl.
-Tara A.

I've had some poor vet experiences before, but the staff and veterinarians at Dundee Animal Hospital are the most caring and trustworthy vets I've been to. I'll never take my pets anywhere else. You are the best!!! Thank you for awesome customer service and making me feel good about bringing my animals here.
-Leasha N.

The Algonquin location with Dr. Kristin Kamholz and Dr. Mark Rusley are both OUTSTANDING professionals and both have a very high level of skills! I am ALWAYS happy and satisfied with their service. I highly recommend to everyone to use this clinic to take care of their furry friends.
-Nikki L.

The doctors and staff at Dundee Animal Hospital have been providing our furry family members with excellent, compassionate care for more than 20 years. Thank you.
-Cheryl W.

I have seen pretty much seen every vet here and been here for emergency services. Everyone, including the front staff, the techs, and the vets are amazing. One of my dogs is a bit difficult, and they are always accommodating without judgment. I wouldn’t take my animals anywhere else!
-Lori P.

“The employees were so nice. They took us in right on time. Loved them.”
-Jessica C.

We came in on an early Sunday morning with my dog that needed an emergency procedure. Amazing vet, amazing staff, great care!
-Anna A.

The staff is very friendly and haven taken great care of our dog.
-Courtney A.

Love Dundee Animal Hospital and Dr Kersting! Thanks for all you do!
-Cris N.

Thank you to Dr. Kavanaugh for taking such great care of my 2 senior dogs, Frankie and Roma, over the past month. Her compassion and love have gone above and beyond and I am so grateful to her!
-Kirstin W.

The doc and staff were great. I felt that my girl was in caring hands from the time we came in to the follow up visit. Huge relief.
-Nicolas C.

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