We offer a wide variety of surgical procedures for both dogs and cats at our Phenix City veterinary facility, relying on stringent surgical safety protocols to help keep your pet safe.
In the course of each surgery, one of our dedicated nurses will be able to administer anesthesia and continuously monitor your pet using the electronic patient-monitoring equipment in our hospital. We will also provide your companion with pain management throughout.
Post-operative monitoring and pain management are our priorities following surgery. Your vet will also provide thorough instructions for at-home care.
What to Expect from Surgery
We will always be sure to keep you fully informed about the details of your pet's procedure and why we are recommending it as a treatment. We always keep our clients up to date about any pre or post-operative care they will need at home as well.
The Surgery Process
We know that the prospect of bringing your pet in for surgery can be a frightening one. Please rest assured that we only recommend surgery when it is in the best interests of your four-legged friend.
We will ensure that you fully understand why we are recommending surgery and that you are comfortable deciding to move ahead.
If your pet requires advanced care, our vets will refer you to a veterinary surgeon near Phenix City, and work closely with your vet surgeon to ensure that your pet receives the best possible care.
At Summerville Animal Hospital, we perform medical and emergency surgeries to help treat disease and conditions in pets or to repair injuries sustained through trauma.
Our Phenix City vets routinely perform the following elective and non-elective surgeries:
- Soft Tissue Surgery
For pets who are suffering from nose, ear, and throat disorders or injuries, we can offer soft-tissue surgical procedures to help them recover.
These procedures are also available for hepatic, urogenital, oncological, cardiothoracic, gastrointestinal, and skin disorders.
- Spaying & Neutering
When spaying or neutering a dog or cat, we can surgically sterilize them to treat diseases and give them an extended life expectancy.
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 veterinarians will refer you to a pet surgeon near Phenix City and work closely with your animal surgeon to ensure that your pet receives the best possible care.
- Mass Removal
Dogs and cats may often develop masses that are associated with their skin. Masses may also grow within their body cavities and may be serious or even 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 that they shouldn't have or they have been injured, and an object has been lodged in their body, foreign body surgery can help 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 Phenix City 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.
These wounds must 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 Phenix City.
- Dental Surgery
Our veterinarians provide dental surgeries for dogs and cats. These surgeries can range from tooth extractions to gum disease treatment and jaw fracture repairs.
Surgical protocols at our clinic include:
Pre-surgical assessments. We will walk through the specifics of the procedure, complete a physical examination of our patient and ensure that blood tests have been conducted and reviewed by our vets to make sure your pet doesn't face 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 all wear disposable caps and masks while they are in the surgical suite. Those who are involved in the procedure itself will also have to wear sterile gowns and single-use gloves.
Sterile packs and equipment. We carefully clean, sterilize and wrap our surgical instruments and equipment before every surgery.
At Summerville Animal Hospital, we can use surgical lasers to perform many procedures instead of traditional scalpel methods.
Lasers are an excellent way to reduce the risk of infection in your pet's surgical wound. They also increase healing speed and cause them less pain and post-op discomfort.
We are proud to be one of the few veterinary practices in Phenix City and Columbus, GA to offer laser surgery. We want both you and your pet to be able to have a comfortable experience during surgery at our hospital and will do everything we can to make that happen.