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Surgical Services

Our experienced veterinarians provide many surgical services at our hospital, ranging from routine to advanced procedures. Our veterinary team takes every precaution so that your pet receives the highest-quality care. We perform a physical exam and pre-anesthetic testing such as bloodwork, urinalysis or possibly x-rays before surgery. During surgery, your pet’s vital signs (such as heart and respiratory rate, EKG, blood oxygen level, exhaled carbon dioxide level, blood pressure and body temperature) are closely monitored, and appropriate pain medication is given to keep your pet comfortable during recovery. On occasion we may need to refer you to a board-certified veterinary surgeon to perform complex operations where advanced equipment or training is needed.

Spaying (ovariohysterectomy)


Spaying your pet has many benefits. The procedure, which prevents female animals from becoming pregnant and reproducing, can help your dog or cat live a longer, healthier life. Spaying will not change your pet’s personality.

By spaying your female pet, you’re protecting her against potentially deadly diseases, including bacterial infections, reproductive tract diseases and several types of cancer. You also won’t have to worry about her going into heat. This means avoiding the unpleasant discharge that often accompanies the heat cycle in female dogs and the pacing and crying that occurs with female cats in heat. In addition, spaying your pet will help control the dog and cat overpopulation problem, keeping more animals out of shelters. An added benefit is that the city or county significantly discounts your pet’s annual license fee.

Spaying is a surgical procedure under general anesthesia in which both the ovaries and uterus are removed. We follow strict protocols and continually monitor your pet’s vital signs to help ensure her safety. Please see the descriptions under Anesthesia and Patient Monitoring for more information on what we do to keep your pet safe.

To set up an appointment to have your pet spayed or to learn more about this procedure, please contact us. If you are struggling with the decision of whether to spay your pet, please call us so we can discuss your concerns.

Neutering (orchiectomy)

Neutering your pet has many benefits. The procedure, which prevents male animals from reproducing, can help your dog or cat live a longer, healthier life. For dogs that are socially well adjusted, neutering will not alter their personality; however, those dogs that have aggressive personalities may benefit from neutering.

By neutering your pet, you’re reducing or eliminating his risk for prostate and testicular cancer, sexually transmitted diseases and undesirable and embarrassing behavior, including roaming, fighting, humping and spraying. In addition, neutering your pet will help control the dog and cat overpopulation problem, keeping more animals out of shelters. An added benefit is that the city or county significantly discounts your pet’s annual license fee.

Neutering (also known as castration or orchiectomy) is a surgical procedure under general anesthesia in which the testicles are removed. We follow strict protocols and continually monitor your pet’s vital signs to help ensure his safety. Please see the descriptions under Anesthesia and Patient Monitoring for more information on what we do to keep your pet safe.

To set up an appointment to have your pet neutered or to learn more about this procedure, please contact us. If you are struggling with the decision of whether to neuter your pet, please call us so we can discuss your concerns.

Orthopedic Surgery


We perform many types of orthopedic (bone) surgeries in our hospital, including fracture repairs and reconstructive procedures. When a bone is fractured, we can sometimes select from several types of fixation techniques to stabilize the bone fragments, which include:

  • Fiberglass casts are commonly used in humans; however, in dogs and cats, they have relatively limited applications due to the fact that animals will walk on all four of their limbs at all times. In general this technique is limited to toe fractures or may be used with another form of internal fixation.
  • Intramedullary pinning stabilizes the fracture by inserting a long stainless-steel rod into the middle of the bone across the fractured area.
  • Bone plating involves attaching a flat stainless-steel plate to the bone using screws on either side of the fracture.
  • External fixation stabilizes fractures using a series of pins inserted at a 90° angle through the skin to the bone, which are then connected by an external rod or an epoxy-filled tube to stabilize the fracture segments.

Soft tissue surgery


Soft tissue surgery is defined as all surgeries that do not involve bones. Examples would include mass removals, bladder surgery including removal of stones, partial or complete organ removal (i.e. spleen, kidney and liver lobectomy), gastrointestinal foreign body removal, or reconstruction, removal or alteration of all soft tissues.

Please contact us if you have any questions about these procedures or if you think your pet might benefit from them.