Our state-of-the-art surgical suite provides the performance of a wide variety of surgical procedures. Our procedures are only done during weekdays and by scheduled appointments. Before any surgical procedure that requires gas anesthesia, we highly recommend pre-anesthetic blood work to insure that the patient is healthy enough to be put under general anesthesia. Below is a list of the several procedures that we perform in our hospital. If there is a procedure that you do not see, please call us to inquire about specific services.
- Canine/Feline Castrations (Neutering): This is an out-patient procedure where the male's testicles are surgically removed. The age requirement for this surgical procedure is 6 months of age and older. The patient may be discharged the same day depending on its stability. **Extra Charges for Cryptorchid Testicles**
- Canine/Feline Ovariohysterectomy (Spaying): This is an out-patient procedure where the female's reproductive organs are surgically removed which includes the uterus and ovaries. The age requirement for this procedure is 6 months of age and older. The earlier the pet is spayed the less chance she has of contracting mammary gland cancer. The patient may be discharged the same day depending on its stability. **Extra Charges for Dogs in Estrus**
- Mass Removal & Mastectomy: This procedure is usually an in-patient procedure, where the patient usually stays overnight for at least 1 night depending the severity and size of the incision. The amount of masses that may be removed during one surgical procedure depends on the sizes of the masses and the time the patient will be under general anesthesia. The client has the option to send out the mass to an outside laboratory for biopsy.
- Tail Dock: This procedure is an out-patient procedure that is done without any sedation or anesthesia. The tail docks take place at the time of the scheduled appointment and the patient(s) go home as soon as it is completed. The age requirement for this procedure is 3-5 days of age. We will not perform this procedure any earlier or later than 3-5 days of age unless it is necessary for the well-being of the patient.
- Dewclaw Removal: Dewclaws may be removed as an out-patient procedure on puppies 3-5 days of age at the same time their tails are docked. We will also remove dewclaws on older dogs under general anesthesia, but they must be at least 6 months of age and the dewclaw must be unattached. The patient may go home the same day depending its stability.
- Enucleation: This procedure is the removal of the eye. This is done as an out-patient procedure depending the stability of the patient. An enucleation is only performed for the well-being of the patient.
- Cystotomy: This procedure is the removal of bladder stones. This procedure is usually an out-patient procedure depending the stability of the patient.
- Feline Declaw: We offer the procedure of declawing but we highly recommend finding alternative methods to correct a clawing problem for this is a very painful and uncomfortable elective procedure. Declawing is the surgical amputation of the feline digits and claws. This procedure is an in-patient procedure, the cat will usually go home the next day depending the stability of the patient. We will only perform a declaw to the front 2 paws of the cat, we will not declaw the back.
All surgical procedures are by appointment only. Patients are dropped off between 7:30 a.m. & 8:00 a.m. the day of the procedure. Please do not feed your pet after midnight the night before the procedure. All patients are scheduled for a 10 day post operative check-up to ensure their incision is healing correctly or for suture/staple removal.
- Offer food and water at home the night of discharge. (Your pet may or may not drink or eat.)
- Required oral pain medication will be sent home. Please follow the instructions on the label and administer with food.
- No bathing/swimming until the sutures are removed or incision is examined.
- Restricted activity until suture removal--LEASH WALKS only for bathroom visits, no running, or jumping. Please keep your pet confined to a kennel or small enclosed area for 10 days to allow his/her incision to heal.
- If you notice any redness/swelling/heat/pain at the incision site, please contact the office. These may be signs of an infection.
- Declawed patients must be given shredded paper in the litter box for up to 10 days post operation.
- Schedule return visit in 10 days to examine the incision site and remove sutures if necessary.
- If your pet goes home with an IV catheter bandage it may be removed the night of discharge.
- If you have an emergency after 5pm, please call our emergency clinic, Riverlands Animal Hospital.