Surgery for Dogs, Cats & Small Pets
Village Veterinary Medical Center commits to the highest standard of care for each surgical patient. Whether your pet is undergoing a simple procedure, such as spay or neuter, or a more serious or complex operation, you may be confident that patient safety is our top priority.
“We have been called to heal wounds, to unite what has fallen apart, and to bring home those who have lost their way.” — St. Francis of Assisi
Anesthesia & Monitoring
Our veterinarian examines each patient prior to administering anesthesia. We recommend pre-anesthetic blood work for all patients, especially senior pets and those with chronic conditions.
While your pet is under anesthesia, our technician constantly monitors heart rate, blood pressure, respiration rate, and blood oxygen levels. Once the procedure is completed, the patient remains under supervision until fully recovered from the anesthesia. Your pet will be discharged to your care with additional medication, if necessary, for pain management at home.
Benefits of Laser Surgery
Laser surgery offers several benefits for the patient including:
- Less bleeding—As it cuts, the laser seals small blood vessels, enabling surgical procedures that are not practical with conventional scalpel.
- Less pain—The beam seals nerve endings, resulting in less swelling and pain, for a more comfortable recovery.
Reduced risk of infection—The beam sterilizes the area by efficiently killing bacteria in its path.
- Quicker recovery time—The reduced risk of infection with less bleeding, pain, and swelling allows for a far quicker recovery from surgery.
A Special Note About Declaw Surgery
If you are considering declaw surgery, we perform only laser surgery as the most humane method. Patients experience minimal pain, swelling, and faster recovery with the laser procedure.
We also provide proactive pain medications before and after any surgery. The earlier this surgery is performed, the faster the recovery time. We perform this procedure as early as 10 weeks of age.
Facts About Spay and Neuter
Each year, millions of homeless dogs and cats are killed in shelters in virtually every city in the country. Spaying or neutering your pet prevents unwanted litters and helps reduce the homeless pet population.
Spaying and neutering is widely performed safely and with positive results.
For more information, read this selection of articles about spay and neuter surgery.
Neutering your pet:
- Eliminates the risk of testicular cancer and diseases
- Reduces or eliminates urine marking
- Reduces the urge to wander and engage in fighting
Spaying your pet:
- Provides significant protection against mammary cancer
- Eliminates life-threatening uterine infections (pyometras)
- Eliminates uterine and ovarian cancer