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Comprehensive Surgical Services for Every Pet

If your pet requires surgery, you can rest assured knowing East River Veterinary Hospital will always go the extra mile to ensure the comfort and safety of your dog, cat, exotic, or small mammal pet. Our surgical services include:

  • Spay

    This involves removing the ovaries and uterus to prevent reproduction. This is a major procedure that involves general anesthesia and a proper pain management plan. We recommend spaying for all females between 4-6 months of age.

  • Neuter

    This surgery removes the testicles to prevent reproduction. Neutering requires general anesthesia but is less invasive than spaying. We recommend neutering for all male pets by 6 months of age.

  • Dewclaw removal

    If your dog is born with extra toes on the rear feet, we may recommend their removal so they do not get caught on objects or become infected.

  • Soft tissue surgeries

    This refers to any procedure that does not involve bones and joints. Examples include skin/wound reconstruction, growth removals, eye/facial procedures, cystotomies (bladder surgery), and perineal urethrostomy surgeries.

  • Growth removals

    This is a type of soft tissue surgery that involves the removal of growths for medical or cosmetic reasons. Growths can be non-cancerous (benign) or cancerous (malignant) and should be sent to a pathologist to determine a treatment plan post-surgery.

Depending on the situation, our team may refer your pet to one of our partner hospitals to receive specialized care or treatment.

Cat after surgery

Surgery equipment

Intensive Care Unit ICU

What to Expect

Prior to every procedure, we review the entire process with you from start to finish, explaining the details and answering any questions you may have. Post-surgery, we notify you once your pet has woken up and keep you informed of his or her condition. We also provide you with a post-surgical home care form that details how you can support your pet once you leave our hospital.


While there are many different levels of anesthesia, you can trust our team to make the proper recommendation for your pet. While under anesthesia, each patient is monitored using various methods including:

  • Doppler blood pressure
  • EKG
  • Oxygen/carbon dioxide levels
  • Temperature regulation
  • Constant human evaluation

Caring for a pet under anesthesia is a complex undertaking and is extremely important to ensure his or her health and safety. Our experienced staff closely monitor heart rate, blood flow, oxygenation levels, and respiratory functions. We also check body temperature and employ warming protocols to avoid hypothermia, which can be a risk for patients under anesthesia.

Pain Control

Pain management is tailored to each pet based on pre- and post-surgical needs. Methods vary from pre-operative medications to post-operative IV infusions for 24-hour pain control. We may also recommend oral or topical pain medications for use at home.

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