The vets at our Cave Creek animal hospital conduct a number of surgical operations such as soft tissue surgery, c-sections, and more.

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Veterinary Surgery

We conduct a range of surgical procedures for cats, dogs, birds, and other small mammals at our Cave Creek animal hospital, using stringent surgical protocols. 

In each surgery we perform, a talented nurse will give your pet anesthesia and continuously watch them with electronic patient monitoring equipment. They will also provide your companion with pain management. 

Following all surgeries, we prioritize post-operative monitoring and pain management. You will also be given in-depth instructions for at-home care.

Veterinary Surgery, Cave Creek Vet

What to Expect from Vet Surgery

Our veterinary team will keep you completely informed at all times including why we are recommending surgery for your pet and any requirements your pet will have for post-operative care at home. Our clinic practices stringent surgical protocols.

Surgical Procedures

At Animal Health Services, we are able to implement medical and emergency surgeries to help treat conditions and diseases in pets or to repair injuries they may have sustained from trauma.

Our vets in Cave Creek regularly perform the following elective and non-elective surgeries:

  • Soft Tissue Surgery

    For pets experiencing ear, nose, and throat disorders, we can conduct soft tissue surgical procedures.

    We are also able to perform these procedures for urogenital, hepatic, oncological, cardiothoracic, gastrointestinal, and skin disorders. 

  • Spaying & Neutering

    When we perform a spay or neuter surgery for cats or dogs, we surgically sterilize them to prevent disease and give them a longer life expectancy. 

  • C-Sections

    In a Caesarean section, we surgically remove puppies or kittens from their mother's uterus.

    We typically perform C-sections when the mother can't give birth naturally. 

  • Tail Docking

    Tail docking is the surgical procedure for shortening a dog's tail to provide them with a "nub"-like appearance. Breeds such as Dobermans, Brittnay Spaniels, and Jack Russell Terriers have docked tails.

    We generally perform tail docking on puppies when they are between 2-5 days old before their nerves have fully formed in the tail.  We can also perform this procedure on adult dogs that have tail injuries.

  • Orthopedic Surgery

    At Animal Health Services our vets bring in an outside cat and dog orthopedic surgeon so we can perform general and complex surgeries such as TTA Tibial Tuberosity Advancement).

    Orthopedic surgeries help to correct injuries and diseases of the bones, ligaments, joints, tendons, and other skeletal structures in your cat or dog. If your dog or cat is suffering from a condition or injury that requires advanced specialized care your vet will refer your cat or dog or cat to a vet surgeon near Cave Creek.

  • Dental Surgery

    Our veterinarians perform dental surgeries for cats and dogs. These surgeries can include tooth extractions, gum disease treatment, and jaw fracture repairs.

The Surgery Process

We acknowledge that the thought of bringing your pet in for surgery can be scary. Please understand that the only times we recommend surgery is when it's in your animal's best interest. 

We make sure that you are fully informed on why we are recommending surgery, and that you are comfortable deciding to move forward.

If your pet needs advanced care that goes beyond our vast service offerings, our vets will refer you to a veterinary surgical specialist or veterinary surgeon near Cave Creek, and work closely with them to ensure your pet gets the highest quality of care possible.

Surgical protocols at our clinic include:

Pre-surgical assessments. We'll confirm the specifics of the surgery, perform a physical examination of your pet, and make sure that all the blood tests have been completed and reviewed by the vet to determine if your companion faces any risk of anesthesia-related complications.

Dedicated surgical suites. Our surgeries are completed in a dedicated surgical suite. This room is kept fully sterile in order to prevent infection and cross-contamination.

Surgical attire. Our staff always wears disposable caps and masks when they are in the surgical suite. Anyone involved in the procedure itself will also wear sterile gowns and single-use gloves.

Sterile packs and equipment. We clean, sterilize and wrap all of our surgical instruments and equipment carefully before every surgery.