Surgery Department

Our board certified surgeon performs orthopedic, soft tissue, and neurosurgery. The surgery service tackles a wide variety of surgical conditions, including:

  • Knee and other joint injuries

    • Torn cranial cruciate ligaments

    • Elbow dysplasia

    • Hip dysplasia

  • Airway diseases

    • Brachycephalic airway syndrome

    • Laryngeal paralysis

  • Intervertebral disc disease

  • Cancer/mass removals

  • Fractures and other traumas

  • Thoracotomies (open chest surgery)

  • Chronic pain management

    • Platelet rich plasma therapy

  • Total hip replacement surgery

  • Penn Hip Certification for screen of hip dysplasia





Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy (TPLO)

Mass (tumor) removal


Emergency Surgeries


Hip Dysplasia & Total Hip Replacement


Your Pet's Surgery Journey


Each surgical patient will undergo preoperative diagnostics specific to the procedure being performed. The most common diagnostics are blood work, x-rays, abdominal ultrasonography or CT scanning. These diagnostics allow the surgical team to make an individualized surgical plan for your pet. Your pet will receive appropriate pain control before, during, and after surgery. Click here to learn more about pain management.


Prior to surgery, an IV catheter and endotracheal tube will be placed, IV fluids will be started, and anesthesia will begin. The surgical area is then clipped and cleaned. While under anesthesia, your pet will be closely monitored by an experienced veterinary nurse who will alert the surgeon to any changes in your pet’s vital signs during surgery. We use advanced equipment to monitor heart rate, respiratory rate, body temperature, blood pressure, heart rhythm, carbon dioxide levels, and sometimes even blood gasses during anesthesia. Your pet will be closely monitored until they are fully recovered from an anesthetic event.

Appropriate pain management is critical before, during and after surgery. We provide a variety of progressive anesthetic and pain management techniques, known as “multimodal anesthesia,” including:

  • Continuous infusions of pain medications

  • Local nerve blocks

  • Epidurals

  • Pain patches

  • Oral medications


All surgical patients will receive overnight, post-operative monitoring by a skilled veterinary nurse, and many are ready to go home the next day.