Cherokee Hospital for Animals

Veterinary Pet Surgery

Whether it’s a routine spaying or neutering procedure or more advanced surgeries, we offer a wide range of surgical services for needs your pet may encounter during their lifetime. Here you’ll find information about the kinds of surgical procedures we offer and our overall ethos towards veterinary surgery.

General & Advanced Surgery

Our surgical staff is highly trained and thoroughly experienced in both routine and advanced surgical procedures. When a beloved pet undergoes a surgery, it can be stressful for those who love them. We encourage our clients to ask us any questions they have, and we will share knowledge about the procedure and advice to help ease the mind.

  • Before surgery, we will schedule a pre-operative appointment to ensure that the animal is healthy enough to undergo the procedure and sedation. We will also take proactive measures to manage their pain.
  • During the surgery, a veterinary assistant will be responsible for rigorously monitoring their heart rate and breathing to ensure they are in a stable condition.
  • Following the surgery, we will closely monitor their condition as the anesthesia wears off. Depending on the severity of the surgery, they may be able to go home the same day, or they may need to stay in the facility overnight so our professional animal caretakers can continue to track their progress.

Provided below are some examples of our most common surgical procedures:

Spay surgery refers to the removal of the uterus and ovaries of female animals. We recommend spay surgery to be performed before the first heat period for full protection against pregnancy. Also, if performed before this timeframe, chances of a female dog contracting breast cancer fall by 90%.

Neuter surgery refers to the removal of the testes of male animals. Animals who have been neutered tend to be less aggressive and easier to train. Males also benefit from a decreased risk of prostate and testicular cancers.

Surgical Oncology is performed to remove or stop the spread of cancer or tumors in the body.

Soft tissue surgery is any procedure not on the joints or bones. It is an umbrella term that includes laceration repair, hernia repair, bladder stone removal, and more.

Spay/Neuter Procedure

Spay/neuter procedure is better for the overall health and wellness of both individual pets, and the pet population as a whole. Unplanned litters are one of the the leading causes of the pet homelessness crisis. In addition, unplanned litters are very expensive and time consuming to owners. In fact, the cost of a spay/neuter procedure is far less than the cost of caring for infant puppies or kittens.

The expected lifespan of spayed or neutered pets is longer. This is for several reasons, including decreased risk of contracting infections, cancers of the reproductive system, and breast cancer.

Because of their decreased sex drive, spayed or neutered animals are less distracted and therefore easier to train. They will be less inclined towards running away to seek a mate, and unwanted neighborhood animals looking for a good time will not darken your doorstep.

Our doctors have extensive experience performing safe and effective spay and neuter surgeries. The morning of the surgery, please drop your pet off at our clinic without feeding them breakfast. You will be able to pick them up later the same day or the following morning, after we are able to monitor them for a few hours to ensure they are recuperating as expected. As with all surgeries, spay/neuter procedures require anesthesia, and therefore carry the risks associated. Before operation, we will schedule an appointment to determine they are healthy enough for the surgery, and the sedation. This will minimize risks of a complication.

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