Large animal surgery

Foal castrations and some severe lacerations are done under general anesthesia in the field. The animal is sedated first and then an induction doseage is given intravenously, this gives 15-20 minutes of anesthesia for the vet to complete the procedure. If a longer procedure is planned, further intravenous drugs can be given to keep the horse under anesthesia.

Cattle surgeries are most often done standing with a paravertebral block. The most famous of these is the cesarean section. We do between 30 and 50 c-sections at the clinic per year.

Young calves will occasionally need surgery for umbilical hernias, navel infections, twisted stomach and twisted intestines. The calves are treated more like a dog or cat. The calf is sedated, an intravenous catheter is placed., and the animal is induced with injectable anesthetics. At that point an endotracheal tube placed to protect the airway from aspiration and the animal is maintained under anesthesia with inhalant anesthetics.