Safe Veterinary Surgery for Dogs, Cats, Birds, Small Mammals & Other Exotic Pets

Veterinary Surgery

The veterinarians of Summertree Animal & Bird Clinic perform a wide variety of surgical procedures on dogs, cats, small mammals, birds, and other exotic pets.  We offer more than 30 years of experience in performing safe surgical procedures. From routine spay and neuter surgeries to complex and orthopedic procedures, your pets receive skilled care with a warm and caring touch.

Veterinary Surgery with Advanced Technology

Summertree offers a state-of-the-art veterinary surgical suite including advanced diagnostics, such as digital X-ray, ultrasound, and rigid endoscope. Our surgical patients enjoy the benefits of the CO2 laser, experiencing less bleeding, swelling, and pain during and after surgery.

We use sevoflurane, the safest available anesthetic for companion animal surgery. This anesthesia is safer for our vulnerable patients, especially those that are older, high risk, and exotic pets. We perform pre-anesthetic blood work, to ensure your pet is healthy enough to undergo anesthesia.

Vital signs are monitored for patient safety during all anesthetic procedures. IV fluids are administered throughout the procedure, supporting your pet’s blood pressure and hydration.

Surgical Support for Patients

Pre-anesthetic screening is required for all patients undergoing general anesthesia. This lab work helps ensure that your pet is a good anesthetic candidate:

  • CBC (complete blood count)—Indicates signs of underlying infection or anemia
  • Chemistry panel—Shows organ function to evaluate general health status prior to surgery

Sevoflurane is our anesthesia of choice. Sevoflurane provides a very safe and smooth induction and recovery for your pet.

Intravenous (IV) catheter and fluid maintenance helps maintain appropriate blood pressure during the procedure. When pets are anesthetized, blood pressure decreases significantly and less blood flows to the organs and extremities.

By giving intravenous fluids during anesthesia, we increase blood flow to the vital organs and improve function. Additionally, an IV provides immediate access for emergency drugs, if needed.

Surgical Options

Microchip implantation is often recommended as an add-on service during routine surgical procedures. The chip is implanted with a fairly large gauge needle, so there is less discomfort if done under anesthesia. However, microchipping can be done at any time.

A microchip is small, about the size of a grain of rice, and implanted just under the skin. It is encoded with a unique ID number, a permanent source of identification for your pet.

Retained baby teeth are often found in dogs,especially the smaller breeds. If retained (deciduous) teeth are found on pre-surgical exam, we recommend removing them while your pet is under anesthesia.

Hip dysplasia can be identified early withscreening radiographs, recommended for all dogs at six months.

Download our Pre-Surgical Options handout. For additional information regarding pet surgical procedures, contact our clinic.