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Pet Surgery Services

How We Operate

Sauk Rapids Vet Advanced Care

Recommended by Pet Owners for: caring service, sound advice and no pressure.


We don't take shortcuts with your Pet's Life

Our veterinary care is based on trust and peace of mind, not nickels and dimes.


It's hard to believe, in this day and age, that some pets do not survive routine spay and neuter surgery in Central Minnesota.

It can happen when a low cost clinic gives you a cut rate surgery price. It sounds so affordable and then they recommend "optional" services like blood work.

Blood work plays a vital role in a successful surgery outcome. It should never be "optional."

People who do not know better decline surgery options just like they would decline "Trucoat" sealant at the car dealership. Declining pre surgical blood work can go very bad for your pet.

Pets will almost always survive routine surgery today as long as ALL vital protocols are in place, like blood work. Advanced Care includes all vital protocols in our surgery prices.


Get What You Pay For

Quality of care is not always equal across veterinarians.


People believe pet surgery is the same everywhere, like replacing an appliance or something. This is not true.

Low cost surgery typically do not include ALL the recommended protocols.

Paying the lowest price can puts your pet's life in peril. It can cost your pet's life. We have heard stories.

Advanced Care does not take short cuts and prices reflect quality medicine at a competitive rate.

The truth is, low cost quotes almost always exclude one or more safety protocols. You get what you pay for with pet surgery. How do we know?


If you were fully informed about the risk to your pet's life, would you choose to include all life saving surgery protocols? People who care for their pets will choose safety.

Selling life saving services like blood work as "Optional" puts the burden of your pet's outcome squarly on your lap. Do you have enough information to fully understand all the risks and benefits?

It is an unfortunate business model which does no favors for the integrity or reputation of the veterinary profession.

Advanced Care Pet Hospital does not operate that way.




Industry Recommended Guidelines Save Pets Lives

The American Veterinary Medical Association and the American Animal Hospital Association have guidelines outlining recommended protocols for pets safety under anesthesia. These guidelines are outlined later in this article. We hope educating pet parents like you regarding how vital they are to your pet's safety will help.

Advanced Care Pet Hospital follows the recommended guidelines. They important enough that we ALWAYS include life saving services in our quotes.


We Check and Verify Low Quotes

When price shoppers tell us they found a lower price else where, we call to verify what is included in their quote. In most every case, we find one or more life saving protocols were not included and sold as "optional" extras.

Take blood work for instance. Certain conditions require modification of the anesthesia protocol or not doing the surgery until the conditions has been moderated. Examples include: Diabetes, Renal Disease, Cardiac Disease, Liver Disease and risk of hemorrage. These can only be conclusively identified with pre-surgical blood work. You can't see these conditions just looking at a pet. We have postponed surgery for these very conditions.

Price Shoppers may believe they will receive the identical "Advanced Care" quality service provided here, tragically they do not.

Our Safe Surgery Service includes a complete 12 panel blood work up and red and white blood cell count, low cost quotes typically do not.

When you compare apples to apples and have a quote that includes ALL the services Advanced Care regularly includes, you will find our prices are comparable and sometimes lower. We know, we call and we verify.


Caring for People Who Care About Their Pets

Our clients value Peace of Mind when it comes to their pet's safety while under surgery. Advanced Care Pet Hospital is different than what many expect.

Our clients appreciate not worrying about whether they chose the right "options" regarding their pet's life.

Advanced Care Pet Hospital doesn't consider your pet's life "Optional." Like our slogan says, "Caring for People Who Care for Their Pets."


Human Quality Anesthesia

We use the same anesthesia used by human doctors for infants called sevoflurane. Our anesthesia protocol is the safest in the veterinary industry.

Most vets which use anesthesia, use isoflurane. Vet Clinics which use isoflurane and combined with fluid therapy are certainly safer than those who do not use anesthesia at all for pet surgery. Pets recover faster from the effects of sevoflurane anesthesia than isoflurane. Here is a brief discussion:


Pets go home the very same day!

Sevoflurane returns pets to their ordinary state sooner, with less residual effects from traditional gases like isoflurane. When a vet asks to keep your pet overnight after routine surgery, using isoflurane may be a contributing factor.

Advanced Care Pet Hospital does keep felines overnight after declaw surgery. We do this because veterinary medical evidence supports the evening confinement as it significantly helps their pads recover. Our practice follows evidence based medicine.


As Humane as Pet Medicine Gets

At Advanced Care Pet Hospital you find a level of pre and post operative care one might expect to find in human medicine.

Advanced Care Pet Hospital does not compromise, use gimmicks or take short cuts with your pet's life during surgery.

We are open to new treatments and protocols. We generally wait however when it can be measurably proven to benefit your pet's medical outcome.


Pet Safety Matters

Why does Advanced Care always include presurgical health screening?

AVMA and AAHA Guidelines for pet safety under anesthesia recommend: preanesthetic evaluation to create an individual anesthetic plan based on history, age, breed, temperament and procedure. No one plan is appropriate for all pets.

A complete anesthetic plan addresses pain medication through out the procedure, pre and post anesthetic sedation, induction with an endotracheal tube, IV catheter placement for fluid therapy, monitoring and post surgical follow-up.

These services are all included in Advanced Care Pet Hospital estimates. We do it because it is in the best interest of your pets life. Dr. Gerds practices the safest protocol tailored to your pet’s specific life stage and body condition. We also consider it peace of mind. In this day and age your pet should come out of surgery.


A Recent Example

A woman presented her two 5 year old dogs for routine dental cleaning. The blood work revealed, one was suffering kidney disease, the second, liver disease. Both had no outward, visible signs.

Had either one went under anesthesia, there could have been serious complications.

The kidneys and the liver are heavily involved in processing blood cells. Blood cells carry the anesthesia in the circulation system through the kidneys and liver for metabolism. A bad kidney or liver can compromise a successful outcome.

Under surgery, your pet receives exactly the same care we administer to our own pets. We are caring for people who care about their pets.


Anesthesia Guideline Overview

IV Fluid Therapy

Advanced Care Pet Hospital uses an IV catheter for fluid therapy during surgery. Immediate intravenous access for emergency drug administration is one of the most important factors in the successful treatment of cardiovascular or respiratory failure in either the awake or the anesthetized patient.

By placing an intravenous (IV) catheter and line before anesthesia, Dr. Gerds can ensure that this lifeline is already in place, should the need arise.

Anesthetics, fluids and emergency drugs can be administered through the IV line. Intravenous fluids help maintain blood pressure in the anesthetized patient and will replace lost fluids (during surgery, fluids are lost through evaporation from body cavity surfaces, and in any tissues that are being removed).

Intravenous fluid therapy speeds the recovery process by diluting the anesthetic agents circulating in the blood stream and by enhancing their metabolism and elimination through the liver and kidneys.

Patients that receive IV fluid therapy generally wake up faster than those that do not. For these reasons, all surgery patients here receive intravenous catheterization and fluid therapy.


Surgical Monitoring

As seen above, we are already minimizing risk before surgery has even begun. During surgery, anesthetic monitoring here is similar to that found in any human hospital. Here is a list of common methods of monitoring anesthesia:

The Surgery Assistant is our most important monitor during an anesthetic procedure. This professional staff member is trained to observe and monitor the patient throughout the entire procedure, from induction until recovery. They monitor the anesthetic levels according to the patient's vital signs and ensures that the patient remains stable throughout the procedure.

Pulse Oximetry is used to monitor the amount of oxygen in the patient's blood (Sp02) and the pulse rate.

The Electrocardiogram, abbreviated as ECG, shows the rate and pattern of the heartbeat. It will detect and show abnormal heartbeats called arrhythmias. If an arrhythmia is detected, the anesthetist will make appropriate changes in anesthesia and/or administer emergency medications.

The Heart Rate Monitor measures the number of heartbeats per minute. Heart rate must be maintained within a certain range. The depth of anesthesia and surgical stimulation can both affect heart rate.

By monitoring heart rate, increases or decreases can be detected early and anesthetic adjustments made quickly, resulting in smoother anesthesia for our patients.

The Blood Pressure Monitor measures the systolic (when the heart contracts or pumps) and occasionally the diastolic (when the heart relaxes or refills) blood pressure. Coupled with other monitoring equipment, this gives detailed information on the cardiovascular status of the patient.

The Core Body Temperature is monitored, especially during a prolonged surgery, by inserting a temperature probe into the esophagus or rectum. Low or high body temperature can cause complications. Maintenance of normal body temperature is especially important in small or pediatric patients.

We also use a special insulating pad below the patient to help maintain normal body temperature.

All of these advanced safeguards are routinely used to help minimize any risk to your pet during the surgical procedure and provide a faster and more comfortable recovery.

Full Range Veterinary Surgical Services

Follow the link below to review a list of veterinary surgical procedures available through Advanced Care Pet Hospital:


List of Veterinary Surgery Services


Most surgery pets return home to you the very same day!


Our procedures use a kinder gentler anesthesia protocol allowing pets to be with you soon after surgery. Watch this video of Popcorn the Kitten taken a hour or so after her spay. . .



Pet Surgery
Bright clean uncluttered Surgery Suite at Advanced Care Pet Hospital Sartell.



Advanced Care: Surgery Protocol

We believe your pet deserves the Safest Level of Care. Experience, safety, and peace of mind is what we provide while your pet is in surgery.

Our estimates for your pet's surgery include everything necessary for the successful outcome of your pet's procedure while under anesthesia.


What do our surgery estimates include?

Surgical estimates include a pre-surgical exam, complete blood work, pre-medications before surgery for pain and antibiotics, monitoring during surgery for Heart Rate (EKG) and Blood Oxygen. Temperature, heart rate, pulses and respiration are also continuously monitored while under anesthesia.

Advanced Care Pet Hospital surgery estimates/quotes always include all of the above safety services. We do not add them on as extras after the fact when you come back to pick up your pet.

Mortality Rate

Keep in mind, you get what you pay for. Cut rate prices generally exclude services which will safely manage your pet through anesthesia, surgery and post operation. If you have a low price, don't hesitate to ask about the surgery protocol; what is included, what is not included. Ask what their mortality rate is for the surgery they will perform for you. Ask the person if they would do anything different with the low price if it was their own pet.