Highlands Veterinary Hospital offers a wide range of surgeries from routine operations such as spays, neuters, and mass removals to more challenging procedures. Emergency surgeries are also performed, these may include caesarean sections, gastric-dilatation and volvulus (GDV) correction, or the removal of GI foreign bodies. Every pet under anesthesia has vitals (heart rate, respiratory rate, O2, body temperature, ECG, and blood pressure) monitored by a veterinary technician or assistant throughout any surgical procedure. In addition, external warming devices are used and patients receive intravenous fluids. Although lack of complications cannot be guaranteed, every precaution is taken to minimize any risk of anesthesia.
Spay & Neuter
We highly recommend spaying (surgical removal of the ovaries and uterus) of female dogs and castration (surgical removal of the testicles) of male dogs. For female dogs, spaying greatly reduces the risk of uterine infections and breast cancer. It also eliminates the possibility of pregnancy resulting in unwanted litters. For male dogs, neutering eliminates the risk of testicular cancer, reduces the risk of prostate cancer and behavioral problems. Spaying or neutering does not cause a change in personality, guarding instincts, intelligence, playfulness, or affection. Our veterinarians will discuss with you the optimal age for these recommended procedures.