Surgery for Cats & Dogs
At Pet Doctor, we are proud to provide a wide variety of surgical procedures for cats and dogs in our two Tucson hospitals for both cats and dogs, using stringent surgical protocols.
In the course of each surgery, one of our dedicated veterinary staff will administer anesthesia for your pet and monitor them using our electronic patient monitoring equipment. We will also provide pain management throughout.
Following the procedure, our priorities are continuing patient monitoring and pain management. One of our vets will provide you with step by step instructions for any at-home care requirements you pet may need.
What to Expect from Surgery
We will always keep you fully informed about why we are recommending veterinary surgery for your pet as well as what post-operative care requirements you pet will require once they are able to return home. Rest assured that we practice stringent safety protocols at our veterinary hospitals.
At Pet Doctor, we perform medical and emergency surgeries to help treat disease and conditions in pets or to repair injuries sustained through trauma.
Our Tucson vets routinely perform the following elective and non-elective surgeries:
- Soft Tissue Surgery
We offer soft tissue surgical procedures for ear, hepatic, urogenital, oncological, cardiothoracic, gastrointestinal, and skin disorders.
- Spaying & Neutering
When spaying or neutering your cat or dog, we surgically sterilize them in order to prevent diseases, unwanted litters and to improve their life expectancy.
During Caesarean sections, we surgically remove puppies or kittens from their mother's uterus.
C-sections are typically performed when the mother is unable to give birth naturally.
If your cat or dog is experiencing redness, pain or other symptoms in or around their eyes, they may require ocular surgery.
Common procedures for treating ocular conditions include ectropion surgery, entropion surgery, exenteration of the orbit, cherry eye surgery and ocular tumor removal.
If your cat or dog requires a veterinary surgical specialist to perform the surgery, our veterinarians will refer you to a pet surgeon near Tucson and work closely with your animal surgeon to ensure that your pet receives the best possible care.
- Mass Removal
Cats and dogs can develop masses associated with the skin. Masses can also grow inside a body cavity and can be serious or life-threatening.
Mass removal surgery is a fairly common procedure for both cats and dogs.
- Foreign Body
Sometimes, foreign objects are ingested or can get stuck inside a cat's or dog's body.
Whether your pet has eaten an object they shouldn't have or an accident has left them injured, we can perform foreign body surgery to remove it.
In some cases, specialized skills or equipment are needed to perform pet surgery. If that is the case for your animal, your vet will refer you to a cat or dog surgeon near Tucson and work closely with your veterinary surgeon to ensure that your dog or cat receives the very best care.
Wounds occur in pets when their living tissue has been broken, cut, torn or otherwise damaged.
It's incredibly important that these wound be cleaned, disinfected and appropriately cared for by one of our qualified vets as soon as possible.
- Orthopedic Surgery
Orthopedic surgeries treat diseases, conditions and injuries to your pet's bone's joints, ligaments, tendon and other skeletal structures/ Of your cat or dog is experiencing an orthopedic condition or injury which required advanced care which we are unable to provide, we will refer your pet to a vet surgeon in the Tucson area.
- Dental Surgery
Our veterinarians provide dental surgeries for dogs and cats. These surgeries can range from tooth extractions to gum disease treatment and jaw fracture repairs.
- Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy (TPLO)
TPLO, or Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy, is an orthopedic surgery which is used to treat the rupture of the cranial cruciate ligament in your dog's knee.
This surgery is able to help stabilize your pup's knee and avoid further injury and recover back to their normal mobility quickly.
The Surgery Process
We know that the idea of bringing your pet in for surgery can be an intimidating one. But, rest assured that we only recommend veterinary surgery when it is in the best interests of your pet.
We will make sure that you completely understand why we are recommending a veterinary surgery and that you are comfortable in making the decision to move ahead with it.
If your pet requires advanced care, our vets will refer you to a veterinary surgeon near Tucson, and work closely with your vet surgeon to ensure that your pet receives the best possible care.
Surgical protocols at our clinic include:
Pre-surgical assessments. We will take time to confirm all of the specifics of the procedure as well as conduct a physical examination of the patient. We will also make sure that blood tests have been completed and reviewed to make sure that it is safe to administer anesthesia to your pet.
Dedicated surgical suites. Surgeries are performed in a dedicated surgical suite. This room is kept completely sterile to prevent infection and cross-contamination.
Surgical attire. Our staff wear disposable caps and masks at all times when they are in the surgical suite. Those involved in the procedure itself will also wear sterile gowns and single-use gloves.
Sterile packs and equipment. We are diligent in cleaning, sterilizing and wrapping each and every one of our surgical instruments and equipment prior to surgery.
New Patients Welcome
Pet Doctor is accepting new patients! Our experienced vets are passionate about the health of Tucson companion animals. Get in touch today to book your pet's first appointment.