Surgical Services for Pets
At our Long Beach animal hospital, we are proud to provide our city and the surrounding communities with state-of-the-art veterinary surgical procedures for cats and dogs.
We know that the prospect of bringing your pet in for surgery can be stressful. Please be assured that we will only recommend a procedure when it is in the best interest of your pet's health.
Prior to any surgery, we will ensure you fully understand why we are recommending surgery and that you have all the information you need to comfortably move ahead.
What to Expect from Veterinary Surgery
We always keep you fully informed about why we are recommending a surgical procedure. We will provide you with all the details you need to prepare your pet and care for them following surgery. We practice stringent surgical protocols at our clinic.
At Spring Animal Hospital, we perform medical and emergency veterinary surgeries to help treat disease and conditions in pets or to repair injuries sustained through trauma.
Our Long Beach vets routinely perform the following elective and non-elective surgeries:
- Soft Tissue Surgery
For pets suffering from ear, nose, and throat disorders, we offer soft tissue surgical procedures.
These procedures are also available for hepatic, urogenital, oncological, cardiothoracic, gastrointestinal, and skin disorders.
- Spaying & Neutering
When we spay or neuter a cat or dog, we surgically sterilize them to prevent disease and provide them with an extended life expectancy.
During Cesarean sections, we surgically remove puppies or kittens from their mother's uterus.
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 cats and dogs include eyelid tumor removal, cataract surgery, ectropion surgery, entropion surgery, exenteration of the orbit and cherry eye surgery.
If your cat or dog requires a veterinary surgical specialist to perform the surgery, our veterinarian team will refer you to a pet surgeon near Long Beach and work closely with your animal surgeon to ensure that your pet receives the best possible care.
- Mass Removal
Cats and dogs can develop masses associated with the skin. Masses can also grow inside a body cavity and can be serious 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.
In some cases, specialized skills or equipment are needed to perform pet surgery. If that is the case for your animal, your vet will refer you to a cat or dog surgeon near Long Beach and work closely with your veterinary surgeon to ensure that your dog or cat receives the very best care.
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.
- Orthopedic Surgery
Orthopedic surgeries correct injuries and diseases of the bones, ligaments, joints, tendons, and other skeletal structures in your pet. If your dog or cat is suffering from a condition or injury that requires advanced specialized care your vet will refer your dog or cat to a vet surgeon near Long Beach.
- Tibial Tuberosity Advancement (TTA)
A Tibial Tuberosity Advancement (TTA) is a specific orthopedic surgery that is used when a dog tears their cranial cruciate ligament (similar to an ACL tear in humans).
When a dog tears their CCL, surgery is generally recommended to reduce permanent, irreversible joint damage, relieve pain, and restore mobility.
While there are several surgeries that can be used to repair a torn cruciate ligament, TTA surgery is typically recommended for large, active dogs. It has a relatively short recovery time and most dogs who undergo the procedure have a good prognosis.
- Dental Surgery
Our veterinarian team provides dental surgeries for dogs and cats. These surgeries can range from tooth extractions to gum disease treatment and jaw fracture repairs.
Veterinary Surgery Process
During each surgery, a dedicated vet technician will administer anesthesia and continuously monitor your pet throughout the procedure. Pain management will also be provided.
Following surgery, post-operative monitoring and pain management are our priorities. Your vet will also provide thorough instructions for at-home care.
If your pet requires a complex procedure, our vets may refer you to the appropriate veterinary specialist near Long Beach, and work closely with your vet surgeon to ensure that your pet receives the best possible care.
Surgical protocols at our clinic include:
Pre-surgical assessments. We will confirm the specifics of the procedure, complete a physical examination of the patient, and make sure blood tests have been completed and reviewed by the vet in order to determine if your pet faces any risk of anesthesia-related complications.
Dedicated surgical suites. Surgeries are performed in a dedicated surgical suite. This room is kept completely sterile to prevent infection and cross-contamination.
Surgical attire. Our staff wear disposable caps and masks at all times when they are in the surgical suite. Those involved in the procedure itself will also wear sterile gowns and single-use gloves.
Sterile packs and equipment. We carefully clean, sterilize and wrap our surgical instruments and equipment prior to every surgery.