Surgical Services

At North River Animal Hospital, we have a fully-equipped surgical suite where the expertise of our well-trained veterinary team will compassionately care for and comfort your pet if surgical intervention is necessary.  All of our surgical candidates are first carefully screened during an examination by one of our doctors. If surgery is recommended, our staff will thoroughly discuss with you, the recommended treatment plan for your pet including pre-surgery instructions, post-operative care and follow-up as well as pain management protocols.

Before any surgical procedure takes place, we want to make sure that you feel comfortable asking any questions that you may have about the surgical procedure. Alongside our veterinarian, your pet will be continuously supported by a highly-skilled veterinary technician team who will monitor vital signs such as heart and breathing rate, oxygen and anesthesia.

Pre-Surgical Bloodwork – Anesthesia Screening

All patients undergoing surgery at our hospital are first required to have a Pre-surgical Bloodwork screening. These test results help to assess overall health condition before your dog or cat undergoes anesthesia.

Some of the surgical procedures that we perform include:

  • Ovariohysterectomy – commonly known as a spay or spaying, this beneficial surgical procedure involves the removal of both the ovaries and uterus and can help extend the quality and longevity of a dog or cat’s life while also preventing your pet from reproducing.
  • Neuter – a castration procedure involving the removal of the testicles in dogs and cats. Benefits also include helping to control pet overpopulation, and potentially preventing the onset of testicular and prostate cancer. Neutering can also help reduce aggressive behavior and “spraying”.
  • Orthopedic Surgery – surgery involving the musculoskeletal system including fracture repairs, Femoral Head Otectomy (FHO), Patella Luxation, and traumatic reconstruction
  • Soft Tissue Surgery – surgeries not considered orthopedic including, but not limited to, hernia repairs, Laparotomy, Splenectomy, Cystotomy, mass removals, ear ablations, skin repair and wound management
  • Emergency Surgery – critical procedures such as foreign body removals, pyometra, urethral obstructions (“blocked cat”) and emergency C-sections