Veterinary Surgery

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External and Internal Surgery for Rochester Dogs and Cats

Surgery can be scary and stressful for both your pet and you, but it does not have to be. At Companion Animal Hospital, we provide a wide array of surgical services, be it external or internal.

At Companion Animal Hospital, we’re equipped to perform a variety of routine and advanced surgeries, such as:

Spay
This involves removing the ovaries and uterus to prevent reproduction. This is a major procedure that involves general anesthesia and a proper pain management plan. For most pets, we recommend spaying/neutering around 6 months of age, but your veterinarian will advise based on size.
Neuter
This surgery removes the testicles to prevent reproduction. Neutering requires general anesthesia but is less invasive than spaying. For most pets, we recommend spaying/neutering around 6 months of age, but your veterinarian will advise based on size.
Declaw Removal
If your dog is born with extra toes on the rear feet, we may recommend their removal so they don’t get caught on objects or become infected.
Soft Tissue Surgery
This refers to any procedure that does not involve bones and joints. Examples include skin/wound reconstruction, eye/facial procedures, cystotomies (bladder surgery), and perineal urethrostomy surgeries.
Growth Removals
This is a type of soft tissue surgery that involves the removal of growths for medical or cosmetic reasons. Growths may be non-cancerous (benign) or cancerous (malignant) and should be sent to a pathologist to determine a treatment plan post-surgery.
What to Expect

At Companion Animal Hospital, the safety and comfort of your pet are our top priorities. Before every surgery, we review the entire process with you from start to finish. Post-surgery, we notify you once your pet has woken up and keep you informed of his or her condition.

Anesthesia
While there are different levels of anesthesia, you can trust your veterinarian to make the appropriate recommendation for your companion. While under anesthesia, your pet is monitored using a variety of methods, including:

  • Doppler blood pressure
  • EKG
  • Oxygen/carbon dioxide levels
  • Temperature regulation
  • Constant human evaluation

Monitoring a patient under anesthesia is a complex undertaking that’s extremely important to the health and safety of your pet. Our experienced staff closely observe heart rate, blood flow, oxygenation levels, and respiratory functions. We also use effective warming protocols to avoid hypothermia, which can be a risk for anesthetized patients.

Pain Control
A pain management plan is tailored to each pet based on pre- and post-surgical needs. Methods vary from pre-operative medications to post-operative IV infusions for 24–hour pain control. Our team may also recommend oral or topical medications for use at home.