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Your Pet’s Safety is Our Priority

At the Animal Hospital of Pittsford, we are committed to keeping your pet stress-free and comfortable during every procedure. We provide a range of surgical services and have the ability to perform many advanced procedures, including:

  • 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 ages 4-6 months.

  • 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, your veterinarian may recommend their removal so they do not get caught on objects or become infected.

  • 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.

  • Orthopedic Surgeries

    These procedures involve bones and joints and may address fractures, congenital defects, or torn ligaments.

  • Soft Tissue Surgeries

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

Depending on your pet’s situation and the procedure required, our team may also refer you to one of our partner hospitals to ensure your pet receives the specialized care necessary for his or her treatment.

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Surgery Procedure

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What You Can Expect

Before every surgery, we review the entire process from start to finish, answering your questions and explaining the details of the procedure. Post-surgery, we notify you once your pet has woken up and keep you informed of his or her condition. We also provide a post-surgical home care form detailing how to care for your pet following a procedure.


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

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

Monitoring a patient under anesthesia is a complex undertaking and is extremely important to ensuring your pet’s health and safety. Our skilled and experienced staff closely observe a patient’s heart rate, blood flow, oxygenation levels, and respiratory functions. We also constantly monitor body temperature and employ effective warming protocols to avoid hypothermia, which can be a risk for anesthetized patients.

Pain Control

Pain management for all procedures is tailored to each patient 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 an at-home oral or topical pain medication.

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