State-of-the Art Veterinary Surgery for Niskayuna Area Patients

At AHN we are committed to providing a high level of safety and care before, during, and after your pet’s surgical procedure. Prior to surgery, all patients undergo a complete physical examination and are carefully screened to reduce the risk of anesthesia related complications. Pre-surgery pain medication is administered which, research has shown, significantly reduces the level of pain the patient experiences post-operatively. Pain medication also adds greater comfort and has been shown to increase healing.

Prior to anesthesia, an intravenous catheter is inserted (in most cases) which permits the safe injection of fluids and anesthetic drugs. The catheter also acts as a direct port in the event life-saving drugs need to be administered by the surgical team. To ensure adequate breathing during the procedure, an endotracheal tube is used. Your canine or feline friend will receive fluids during the surgery to ensure proper blood pressure and hydration. They will also be closely monitored by a licensed veterinary technician during the surgery. The doctor and technician use monitoring devices that measure blood pressure, heart rate, ECG, and oxygen saturation.

Your animal family member will be kept warm by our heated surgery table. Once in recovery, they are kept comfortable with blankets. The technicians administer pain medication, food, water, and take them on bathroom breaks as soon as the patients are able.

Pain relief after any surgical procedure has a profound impact on how well our patients recover and heal. It also significantly affects their attitude and activity once they return home. When it is time for your pet to go home, we will address any questions or concerns you may have about the surgery, including the effects of anesthesia, pain management, or postoperative care such as Elizabethan collars and discharge instructions.

“I just wanted to take a minute and thank you all for being so thoughtful and caring of our animal friends” ~ Stacey M.

“I just wanted to take a moment to thank you all for the service and mostly the compassion you gave my beloved Pug.” ~ Kevin M.

“Thank you for your care, insights and most of all patience with my “intensive” ways. You gave us all comfort.” ~ Donna C.

“Your thoughtfulness and kind words were most welcome additions to the excellent medical care that Josie received at your hospital.” ~ Helen G.

“I never had to worry about Sara not wanting to go to the vet for office visits, baths or boarding you always gave Sara extra attention!” ~ Shari B.

“A huge THANK YOU for all the years that you and your staff have taken such great care of my kitty cats and their owner!” ~ Pam S.

“I would like to extend the biggest heartfelt thank you for all your kindness. You are truly an outstanding veterinarian!” ~ Ricki V.

“Thank you for helping us in our effort to keep Cash as healthy as possible for as long as we could. You were always so gentle and kind towards him.” ~ Mindi M.

“We remember very fondly all the tender loving care you and your staff provided over the years. For that you have our eternal gratitude.” ~ Ginny G.

“Thank you for all your expertise and support. We have been fortunate to have you and your staff take such good care of Tiger.” ~ Stella C.

“Just a thank you for all the attention you have given in caring for my dog. I cannot thank you enough.” ~ Agnes D.

“The care and concern you, Samantha, Teri, Meghan and Steve have shown our beautiful girl and me, especially during the past 2 months, has been greatly appreciated.” ~ Rita S.

“Thank you all so much for the excellent care that my dog received. In so many ways, it was above and beyond. The many concerned phone conversations, the internet consults, the medicine dosing, all meant so much.” ~ AJ V.

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In 1946, the hospital was awarded its first American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) accreditation, a tradition that would be maintained, unbroken, from that year forward. Only a handful of veterinary hospitals throughout the U.S. have maintained accreditation for that length of time.

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