Pet Surgery: Putting Our Patients' Health and Safety First

At Spring Valley Veterinary Hospital, you can always be assured that your pet’s safety and well-being come first, especially during a surgical procedure. Our veterinarians and all of our support staff are dedicated to the security of your pet and to making sure their surgery goes smoothly.

We use the latest monitoring equipment and surgical tools, and adhere to strict protocols that we can tailor to the needs of each patient. Making your pet’s experience (and yours) as stress-free as possible is also important to us, and we’re always happy to address your questions and help put your mind at ease.

Have questions before or after your pet’s surgery? We’re here to help.

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Is Pet Surgery Safe?

We do everything we can to make surgery as safe as possible for pets. While every surgical procedure carries its risks, we have the ability to reduce these risks significantly by:

  • Performing a thorough exam and recommended blood testing prior to your pet’s surgery to assess their health and organ function
  • Monitoring your pet through their entire surgery—beginning to end—with the aid of a veterinary technician and top-of-the-line monitoring equipment
  • Having warm tables to keep our patients’ temperatures at a healthy level (and to prevent hypothermia)
  • Watching over your pet post-surgery to see that they awaken safely and comfortably from anesthesia

Surgeries We Perform

Surgery is often necessary for the prevention or treatment of certain health conditions. For example, spaying and neutering help with the prevention of reproductive cancers, while exploratory surgery can assist us in treating an ongoing issue. Our surgical services include:

  • Mass/tumor removal
  • Bladder stone removal (cystotomy)
  • Various eye surgeries
  • Skin tag removal
  • Abdominal exploratory surgery
  • Foreign body removal
  • Repair of soft tissue injuries
  • Dental extractions and surgeries
  • ...and more

We Offer Laser Surgery at Both Hospitals

Instead of traditional scalpel surgery, you have the option of choosing laser surgery for your pet’s procedure. Laser surgery involves using a laser to make a surgical incision. As it vaporizes the tissue in its path, the laser seals blood vessels and nerve endings, which reduces bleeding and pain. Furthermore, it does not crush the tissue as it cuts, so your pet will have a much easier time healing afterward.

Surgery Dog says Spring Valley makes your pet's health a safety top priority
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Absolutely would recommend. I took my Dexter and Marley to get fixed and they were very professional and did a fantastic job. I will for sure make them my regular vet for now on.


Britta C.

Will My Pet Need to Wear a Cone After Surgery?

Not every pet needs to wear a cone/e-collar after surgery, but their incision site can become itchy as it heals. If this itchiness is bothersome to your pet, they might lick or scratch at the incision and tear out a few stitches by accident. This could hinder your pet’s recovery and prompt a trip to the vet to check the incision.

It’s also important to keep a close eye on your pet and limit their activity while they recover at home. When we discharge your pet, we’ll provide you with a list of post-op care instructions.

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I am amazed by the love and care we have received here. Dr. Skinner and team are far above what I have ever experienced anywhere.


Vanessa J.