Surgical Services

Surgical Services
Most of our surgical procedures utilize the benefits of laser surgery.  All of our routine surgeries (neuter, spay, declaw) utilize this technology and the results are truly remarkable.

Cats Only Veterinary Hospital strives to take every precaution possible to decrease the risks of general anesthesia for your cat.  Prior to a surgical procedure, our hospital requires a comprehensive physical examination and pre-anesthetic screening within one month of the procedure for our young patients.  For our older patients, we also recommend a blood pressure measurement and radiographs (x-rays) prior to anesthesia.  These pre-surgical requirements are to give us a more complete picture of your cat’s health, to gain as much information as possible prior to anesthesia, identify potential underlying medical conditions that may pose problems with anesthesia, and to tailor an anesthetic protocol specifically to your individual cat. 

Each of our surgical patients will have pre-medications administered 10-15 minutes prior to the procedure.  The purpose of pre-mediation is to allow you cat to relax before the procedure and reduce the amount of anesthetic medication that is required to anesthetize your cat.  Anesthesia is typically induced with propofol, a very safe and fast acting medication, and maintained with gas anesthesia after intubation.  Each patient will have an intravenous (IV) catheter, fluids administered during the surgery, and be monitored throughout the procedure.  Every patient under anesthesia will be monitored with our state-of-the-art anesthesia monitoring equipment (see picture below).  The following parameters are monitored throughout anesthesia: (1) blood oxygen levels, (2) blood carbon dioxide levels, (3) blood pressure, (4) EKG, (5) heart rate, (6) respiratory rate and (7) temperature. 

Class IV Laser Therapy

All of our patients will also enjoy the benefits of Class IV Laser Therapy post-operatively. After the surgery, Class IV Laser Therapy will be applied to the incision to speed up healing time and promote a faster recovery.

Our Anesthesia Monitoring Equipment


Hot Dog Warming System

All patients undergoing anesthesia and surgery will benefit from our state-of-the-art, hot dog warming system.  Two independent temperature alarms help ensure safe, efficient temperature regulation in our patients.  Click on the image below for more information.


This procedure involves the surgical removal of the uterus and ovaries under general anesthesia.  Our patients having this procedure performed have IV pain management before the surgery, immediately after the surgery, and will be discharged with liquid pain medication for 3 days after the surgery. 


This procedure involves the surgical removal of the testicles under general anesthesia.  Our patients having this procedure performed have pain management before the surgery.  This includes IV pain medications and testicular blocks prior to the procedure.  Testicular blocks are similar to a Novacain injection before your dentist performs dental work.  By injecting a local anesthetic into each testicle prior to surgery, pain management is effectively controlled during and after surgery.  Our patients also receive a pain injection immediately after the surgery and will be discharged with liquid pain medication for 3 days after the surgery.


This procedure involves the surgical removal of the nail and attached bone under general anesthesia.  A laser declaw is truly the best way to perform this procedure.  Our patients receive IV pain medications and nerve blocks prior to the procedure.  The nerve block, similar to the testicular blocks for neuters, numbs the nerves that travel to the toes.  If a nerve block is done properly, a patient will experience minimal, if any, pain during the procedure.  The toes are not bandaged and tourniquets are not used during the procedure.  Our patients also receive a pain injection immediately after the surgery and will be discharged with liquid pain medication for 3 days after the surgery.  Our hospital also offers alternatives to this procedure and we would be happy to discuss these with you.

In addition to the above surgical services, our hospital is also equipped to perform some more advanced surgical procedures.    The following surgical services are also offered:


Biopsy Abscess Repair
Laceration / Wound Repair Eye Surgery
Abdominal Exploratory Digestive Tract Surgery
Cystotomy (Bladder Surgery) And More…



Pain management is our hospital’s highest priority and a specific pain management plan will be tailored to each cat.  Why is their so much emphasis on pain?  We strive to make our patients as comfortable as possible, especially if they require a surgical procedure.  Additionally, effective pain management allows our patients to heal and recover faster from a procedure.  Since cats typically do not let us know when they are uncomfortable or painful, our hospital assumes our patients are experiencing discomfort or pain when a painful procedure is performed.  Our hospital also administers pain medication before anesthesia and surgery to prevent pain.  The argument that “cats can handle pain better than humans” is unacceptable.  Just because cats can “handle pain” does not mean that they should. 


At discharge, you will receive written, detailed discharge instructions that outlines the post-operative homecare.  We will discuss these instructions with you, discuss any medications, and answer any questions you may have.  You should also expect a follow-up call in 24 hours so that we may know how our patient is doing at home and if you have any additional questions or concerns. 
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