Veterinary Surgeon Dr. Brown and Surgical Technician Hilaree Fuchs performing a TPLO on a dog at the Animal Surgery Clinic of Billings

Many pets will have to undergo surgery at some point in their lives. As a pet owner, you want your companion to receive the best possible surgical care in a state-of-the-art, safe and comfortable environment. Our veterinarians and technicians understand these concerns and we understand how stressful a major surgical procedure can be for both the animal and owner.

The Animal Clinic of Billings veterinary team of surgery technicians, Heidi, Hilaree Fuchs, Mandy Smith, Angie Wolf, and Kristin Jones.

Our caring team of veterinarians and technicians treats every patient with the highest level of care standards for all surgical procedures. Our highly skilled doctors place the utmost emphasis on pain management to ensure your pet is safe and comfortable throughout the treatment process. Using advanced technology, your pet’s vital signs are monitored by our well trained veterinary technicians, who will remain with your pet through recovery. Our facility features a modern surgical suite, where we perform surgeries with the safety and comfort of our patients in mind. We use cutting-edge instruments and technology, including anesthetic monitoring equipment and body temperature regulation during surgery at all times. Our doctors have years of experience in advanced veterinary surgery procedures and offer their expertise with both precision and compassion.

Billings veterinarian Dr. Felchle performing a spay surgery on a cat, Animal clinic of Billings

At the Animal Surgery clinic of Billings, we pride ourselves on making every procedure as safe as possible, using our state of the art monitoring equipment and the combined years of experience of our doctors and technicians. The safety and comfort of your pet are of first and foremost concern during anesthesia and surgery. Pre-anesthetic lab tests and consultation prior to a surgical appointment, are important for risk assessment and for the purpose of educating pet owners about expected outcome from surgical procedures, recovery period, and aftercare. Every surgical patient that is admitted to our hospital receives a complete physical exam by a veterinarian and has a complete blood panel evaluated to ensure that they are safe candidates for anesthesia. Surgical patients also receive intravenous fluids throughout the anesthetic event to maintain adequate hydration and blood pressure. This individualized one-on-one care is what we would want for our own pets so it’s what we want for yours too.

Billings veterinarian and orthopedic surgeon Dr. Brown fixing a torn ACL, Animal Surgery Clinic of Billings

ABOUT YOUR PET’S SURGERY

The Animal Clinic of Billings and Animal Surgery Clinic of Billings offers a variety of soft tissue and orthopedic procedures. Soft tissue surgery procedures include surgery on skin and muscle or internal organs. Orthopedic procedures are those focused on bones and joints.

The Animal Clinic of Billings veterinarians. Dr. Massic, Dr. Felchle, Dr. Sherburne, Dr. Youngstrom and Dr. Brown

At the Animal Surgery Clinic of Billings, our veterinarians and veterinary surgeons are highly experienced in both routine and advanced surgical procedures and we take every precaution for your pet’s health, safety, and comfort. After performing a complete examination and reviewing your pet’s medical state, we will discuss treatment options that may include surgery and put together a plan that suits the needs of both you and your pet. If surgery is recommended, you can feel comfortable knowing that our doctors will provide appropriate pain relief so that pain is identified and treated if present. Visual assessment and recording of vital signs is done by one of our trained veterinary surgical technicians. A technician is present during the entire surgery and recovery process to maintain the safety and comfort of your pet. We believe that keeping our patients safe and comfortable before, during and after surgery is of the greatest importance and an essential component of your pet’s care.

We will address any questions and concerns that you may have prior to your pet’s surgery. We keep our patients’ safety at the forefront during surgery, and we perform a pre-anesthetic physical exam and recommend blood work before every procedure. This allows us to determine if there are any underlying health issues that need to be addressed before administering anesthesia. Once your pet has been cleared for surgery, we proceed with the following preparations and surgery.

  1. IV catheter is placed for fluids, anti-pain medication, antibiotic, and anesthetic administration
  2. Monitoring equipment is connected to monitor vital signs throughout the procedure, such as blood pressure, heart rate, respiratory rate, blood oxygen levels, and body temperature
  3. Depending on the procedure, your pet may be intubated to protect his/her airway and to administer an inhalant anesthetic
  4. Incision site is sterilized and shaved
  5. Surgery is performed
  6. Anesthesia is reduced upon completion of surgery
  7. Pet is moved to recovery area
Dr. Sherburne and Veterinary Surgical Technician Hilaree Fuchs, Animal Surgery Hospital, Billings MT

While your pet is recovering, we will contact you with a status update and let you know when he/she will be ready to go home. You will receive detailed discharge instructions for at-home care upon your arrival as well as any aftercare instructions, follow up recommendations, necessary medications to be administered at home, and we’ll answer any additional questions you may have. We will also address the typical post-surgical behaviors so you will know what to expect when your pet is recovering at home. Please feel free to ask any questions you have at this time. You may also call us if you have any further questions about your pet’s recovery at 406-252-9499.

 

 

The Animal Surgery Clinic of Billings is equipped with a state-of-the art surgical suite where our veterinarians perform all common procedures and many advanced orthopedic procedures, including:

COMMON SOFT TISSUE AND MINIMALLY INVASIVE PROCEDURES WE OFFER:

  • Upper respiratory
  • Tracheal Collapse
  • Emergency Abdominal Surgery
  • Soft tissue tumors
  • Reproductive Surgery
  • Tumor Removal and Histopathology
  • Organ Biopsy
  • Gastrointestinal Surgery
  • Thoracoscopic Surgery
  • Ovariohysterectomies (spays) and neuters
  • Mass/lump removal
  • Foreign body removal
  • Laceration (wound) repair
  • Dental extractions
  • Hernia repairs
  • Oronasal fistula repair
  • Prolapsed gland of the third eyelid (“cherry eye”) repair
  • Enucleations
  • Entropion correction
  • Cystotomy
  • Biopsies
  • Hematoma repairs
  • Enucleation – removal of the eye, in cases of trauma or painful/blind eye, as in end-stage glaucoma. Pets actually adapt quite quickly to enucleation surgery.
  • Eyelid surgery – correction of entropion (inverted lids) and lid tumors
  • Oral Surgery – resection of oral tumors, repair of jaw fractures
  • Abdominal procedures:
    • liver biopsy – for diagnosis of liver disease
    • liver lobectomy – for removal of liver tumors
    • gastrotomy (stomach surgery) – for biopsies and removal of foreign objects
    • enterotomy (intestinal surgery) – for biopsies and removal of foreign objects
    • intestinal resection/anastomosis – when removal of part of the intestinal tract is needed due to tumor or foreign object obstruction
    • cystotomy (bladder surgery) – for removal of bladder stones or polyps

MAJOR ORTHOPEDIC PROCEDURES

Veterinary Orthopedic Surgeons Dr. Sherburne and Dr. Brown, Animal Surgery Clinic of Billings

 

Doctors Brown and Sherburne have more than 65 years combined veterinary practice experience and have successfully managed thousands of complex orthopedic injuries. Drs. Brown and Sherburne provide arthroscopic joint surgery, advanced ACL (CrCl) injury procedures in Billings, including TPLO and TTA, partial and complete joint fusions, elbow dysplasia surgeries including PAUL, and total hip replacements.

 

ADVANCED ORTHOPEDIC SURGERY PROCEDURES WE OFFER ON DOGS

  • Advanced Bone Fracture Repair
  • Advanced Osteotomy for ALD Limb Straightening
  • Advanced Spinal Surgery
  • Angular Limb Deformities
  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL, CrCl)
  • Arthrodesis Joint Fusion
  • Arthroscopic Exams and Assisted Joint Surgery
  • Arthroscopy of elbow, shoulder, stifle
  • BFX Total Hip Replacement
  • Bone Grafting and Joint Fusion
  • Canine Unicompartmental Elbow (CUE)
  • Cranial Cruciate Ligament (CCL) Rupture
  • Degenerative Joint Disease (DJD)
  • Diagnostic and Surgical Arthroscopy
  • Femoral Head and Neck Ostectomy (FHO)
  • Fracture repair – intramedullary pinning (placement of pins inside the long bones)
  • Fracture repair – external fixation (using external pinning and connecting rods)
  • Fracture repair with ORIF, conventional and locking plate systems, external fixation
  • Fracture Repair – All Types
  • Interlocking Nail Bone Fracture Repair
  • Intervertebral Disk Disease (IVDD), hemilaminectomy, ventral slot
  • Joint Fusion [Arthrodesis]
  • KE – Complete and Hybrid External Fixation
  • Laryngeal Paralysis
  • Laryngeal Tie Back
  • Limb Amputation
  • Limb-Sparing Procedures
  • Masters Level Advanced Osteotomy for ALD limb straightening
  • Medial Patella Luxation correction (MPL)
  • MIPO
  • Osteochondritis Dissecans (OCD)
  • PAUL Surgery for Elbow Dysplasia
  • Perineal Hernia
  • Perineal Urethrostomy
  • Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Injection
  • Slocum TPLO Certification for ACH, CRCL injury
  • Regenerative therapy, PRP, Stem cell, IRAP
  • SOP for Bone Fractures and Spinal Stabilization
  • Stifle (Knee) Surgery
  • Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy (TPLO)
  • Tibial Tuberosity Advancement (TTA)
  • Total Ear Canal Ablation (TECA)
  • Total Hip Replacement (THR)
  • Tracheal Collapse and Intraluminal Stents
  • Triple Pelvic Osteotomy (TPO/DPO)
  • TTA-KYON-Swiss for Cranial Cruciate Deficient Stifle
  • Ureteral Stent
  • Urethrostomy
  • Zurich Cementless Total Hip Replacement (THR)
Emergency surgical care for pets
Veterinarian Dr. Youngstrom operating on a cat at the Animal Surgery Clinic of Billings

ANESTHESIA, ANESTHETIC SAFETY AND MONITORING

Precision anesthesia and cardiovascular monitoring are essential, integral aspects of every surgery we perform. Anesthesia is individualized for your pet based on a number of factors, which includes the type of procedure, his or her preexisting conditions, blood test values, age, breed, and prior anesthetic experience. The more precise the anesthesia, the fewer side effects and the faster the recovery.

During anesthesia and surgery, your pet is constantly monitored by a trained veterinary technician, using our advanced monitoring system. This system continuously monitors your pet’s arterial oxygen level, blood pressure, heart rate, respiratory rate, and core body temperature. The result of all our efforts is the best and safest outcome for your pet. You can rest assured that we are able to provide the highest and most compassionate surgical care to our clients and their pets.

Let our highly trained and experienced team of veterinarians and veterinary technicians help you keep your pet as happy and healthy as they can be.

Call the Animal Clinic of Billings to schedule your pets next wellness examination with us today!

406-252-9499

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ANIMAL CLINIC OF BILLINGS AND ANIMAL SURGERY CLINIC

providing our region’s companion animals and their families what they need and deserve since 1981

1414 10th St. West, Billings MT 59102

406-252-9499