Surgery for Dogs & Cats
We offer a wide variety of advanced surgical procedures for dogs and cats at Phoenix Veterinary Referral & Emergency Center, relying on cutting-edge and stringent safety protocols and procedures.
We offer comprehensive surgeries ranging from elective surgeries to heart, lung or hip replacement procedures.
Veterinary surgeries are performed using some of the most advanced technology available to us, with our fully-trained support staff working with us to care for our surgical patients.
Based on your pet’s problems, our surgical specialists will perform a detailed examination and discuss recommended diagnostic tests, procedures, risks and expected outcomes with you.
Board-Certified Veterinary Surgeons
Veterinary surgeons have undergone an additional four years of training on top of their standard veterinary degrees to become a certified specialist. Their training consist of a one-year internship that is followed by a three-year-long residency program, meeting guidelines set out by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons (ACVS).
Surgical Procedures in Phoenix
Our Phoenix vets routinely perform surgeries including but not limited to:
- Soft Tissue Surgery
We offer advanced soft tissue surgical procedures for pets suffering from conditions or disorders affecting their throat, nose and ears.
These procedures are also available for hepatic, urogenital, oncological, cardiothoracic, gastrointestinal, and skin disorders.
During a cesarean section, we remove puppies or kittens form their mothers uterus surgically.
C-sections are typically performed when the mother is unable to give birth naturally.
If your pet is experiencing pain, redness or other symptoms in or around their eyes, they may need ocular surgery.
Common ocular procedures for dogs and cats can include the removal of tumors in their eyelids, ectropion surgeries, entropion surgeries, cherry eye surgery and more.
- Mass Removal
Dogs and cats can commonly develop masses associated with their skin. These masses may also grow within their body cavity and may become serious, malignant, 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.
Wounds occur when living tissue has been cut, broken, burnt, torn, or otherwise damaged.
It's imperative that these wounds be cleaned, disinfected, and appropriately cared for by a qualified veterinarian as soon as possible.
During a urethrectomy, our vets remove all or part of a cat's or dog's ureter.
During a cystectomy, our vets remove a cat's or dog's urinary bladder.
- Orthopedic Surgery
Orthopedic surgeries correct injuries and diseases of the bones, ligaments, joints, tendons, and other skeletal structures in your pet.
What to Expect with Veterinary Surgery
We know that the prospect of bringing in your pet for surgery can be a frightening one. Rest assured, however, that everything we do and every decision that we make is designed to ensure our patients' successful post-operative recovery.
- Anesthesia & Pain Management
All of our patients have an anesthetic plan tailored to their unique condition. Overall health and cardiovascular condition are taken into consideration for each pet on this front.
We take extra care to ensure your pet is pain-free during and after surgery often by using a multimodal approach (i.e. local anesthetic, epidural anesthesia and systemic medications).
- Continuous Patient Monitoring
We use state-of-the-art patients monitoring equipment to help us keep tabs on your pet's vital signs before, during and following the procedure.
- Sterilization Techniques
All of our procedures utilize a strict sterile technique. This means our operative suite has positive pressure airflow and the room is cleaned after every procedure.
Our surgeons also use sterile prep and full surgical attire (sterile gloves, surgical cap, surgical gown).
- Post-Operative Care
Once the surgery is complete, your veterinarian will contact you to discuss the procedure and plan.
Some pets may be able to return home the next day after surgery, while others may be required to stay longer than that. It will depend on the complexity and invasiveness of your pet's procedure as well as their health status.
When you arrive to pick up your pet, we will provide you with discharge instructions and answer any questions you have.
New Patients Welcome
At Phoenix Veterinary Referral & Emergency Center, we are accepting new patients and referrals for our emergency and specialty services. Our team of experienced veterinary specialists are passionate about the health and well-being of pets in the Phoenix area. Contact us today to inquire about appointments or find out about the referral process.