We understand that hearing your pet needs surgery can be frightening. We make the process easier for both you and your friend by performing surgery in a place you are both already comfortable – right in our facility! No need to worry about a stranger caring for your animal or getting records transferred. We can take care of you both!
Animal Ark has the latest in surgical and anesthetic monitoring equipment to assure your pet’s safety if the need for surgery should arise. We perform a wide variety of surgeries including but not limited to, spays and neuters, soft tissue procedures, exploratory, ACL and fracture repairs.
We stock most medications to treat both acute and chronic illnesses, can compound the medicine into almost any flavor for those finicky patients – and happily provide free shipping. Just another way Animal Ark Veterinary Hospital strives to keep your pet both healthy and happy.
Routine & Emergency Surgical Procedures
By spaying or neutering your pet you will help them live a longer, healthier life while also helping control the homeless pet crisis. Spaying your female dog prevents uterine infections as well as breast tumors. And neutering your male dog prevents testicular cancer as well as some potential prostate problems. The traditional age for spaying or neutering for dogs is six to nine months old.
By spaying or neutering your pet you will help them live a longer, healthier life while also helping control the homeless pet crisis. Spaying your female cat prevents them from going into a heat cycle, which involves them meowing loudly (and more often) as well as urinating more frequently. Neutering your male cat will prevent him from roaming away to find a mate as well as from marking territory. The traditional age for spaying or neutering a cat varies from as young as eight weeks to five months.
Surgical declawing is not a “quick fix” for a cat’s scratching. Onychectomy, also known as declawing, is a surgical operation removing cats claws by amputating the end bones of the toes. Prior to considering this surgery, you should consult with one of our veterinarians to ensure that this is the only option for your pet. This procedure is not medically necessary and should only be an option when an owner’s health is at risk and other options have failed.
Orthopedic refers to the branch of veterinary medicine involving the health of the bones as well as surrounding tissue. We offer surgical options to relieve your pet of pain in the bones and joints. This includes fractures, cruciate ligament tears, dislocations (such as luxating patella, when the kneecap dislocates), and more.
Usually an amputation is recommended if your pet has cancer, severe trauma, or a birth defect. They often make your pet’s leg “useless” or painful and can increase the risk of spreading, in the case of cancer, for instance. Prior to an amputation, we will perform blood work and x-rays on your animal, ensuring that this option is in your pet’s best interest and most beneficial to their health.
While many growths on your animal will be benign, some are not. Instead of running the risk that the growth is cancerous or otherwise detrimental to your animal’s health, we provide growth removal with a biopsy. The biopsy will let us know whether or not your animal’s growth was in fact benign or not. If not, we know to keep a lookout for any other symptoms in your animal during future treatments and yearly preventative care appointments.
A pet can break a bone in many ways, and when it happens to your pet we are ready to help. First, we will take an x-ray of the afflicted area and check for any other damage caused to your pet by the break. When an animal breaks a bone, it must be immobilized. Usually this is done with a splint to prevent normal activities like walking and stretching from hurting your pet while their bones are healing. Other times, we may need to use surgically implanted aids to immobilize the bones, like plates, screws, wires, nails, or pins.
Exploratory surgery is another method of diagnosis in some cases. Exploratory surgeries are most often performed on the abdominal area. These surgeries can retrieve biopsy materials, discover or remove a tumor, or aide in other diagnostics.
Getting Ready for Surgery
- Please make arrangements to drop your pet off between 7:30 am and 8:30 am.
- Withhold breakfast the morning of surgery.
- In most cases, your pet will be able to go home any time after 3:00 pm or as instructed by the attending veterinarian.
At Home Post- Op Instructions
- Detailed instructions for medications and post-op care will be reviewed when you arrive to pick up your pet.
- Please pick up your pet any time after 3:00pm but before 7:00pm.
- A dedicated team member will call you the next morning to check in and answer any questions or concerns you may have.