Our vets at Gentle Doctor Animal Hospital perform veterinary surgery for O’Fallon dogs and cats including dental surgery, c-sections, spays and neuters, and more.

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Vet Surgery

Our vets follow strict surgical protocols when we perform our wide range of surgical procedures to help O’Fallon dogs and cats.

No matter what type of veterinary surgery is being performed, a dedicated nurse will administer anesthesia and continuously monitor your pet. Pain management will also be administered. 

Post-operative monitoring and pain management are our priorities following vet surgery. Your vet will also provide thorough instructions for at-home care.

Veterinary Surgery, O’Fallon Veterinary Surgeon

What to Expect from Pet Surgery

Rest assured that we will always keep you informed about why we recommend surgery, and in regard to all post-operative care your pet needs once they are home. We practice stringent surgical protocols at our clinic.

Surgical Procedures

At Gentle Doctor Animal Hospital, we perform medical and emergency surgeries to help treat disease and conditions in pets or to repair injuries sustained through trauma.

Our O’Fallon vets routinely perform the following elective and non-elective surgeries:

  • Soft Tissue Surgery

    For pets suffering from ear, nose, and throat issues or conditions, we offer various soft tissue surgical procedures.

    These procedures are also available for hepatic, urogenital, oncological, cardiothoracic, gastrointestinal, and skin disorders. 

  • Spaying & Neutering

    When we spay or neuter a cat or dog, we surgically sterilize them to prevent unwanted litters of puppies or kittens, help protect them from disease, and provide them with a longer life expectancy. 

  • C-Sections

    During Cesarean sections, we surgically remove puppies or kittens from their mother's uterus.

    C-sections are not commonly performed, they are done if the mother is unable to give birth naturally. 

  • Ocular

    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 O’Fallon and work closely with your animal surgeon to ensure that your pet receives the best possible care. 

  • Wounds

    Wounds occur when living tissue has been cut, broken, burnt, torn, or otherwise damaged.

    It's imperative that these wounds 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. Our vets commonly perform amputations and cruciate ligament repairs with TPLO surgery.

    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 O’Fallon.

  • Cystotomy

    Cystotomy is a common surgical procedure for companion animals. A cystotomy is a surgical opening created in the wall of the urinary bladder.

    They are often performed for bladder problems including removal of bladder stones, bladder tumors, and blood clots. This procedure also can be done to obtain a biopsy sample of the urinary bladder. 

    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 O’Fallon.

  • 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.

The Vet Surgery Process

We understand that the prospect of bringing your pet in for surgery can be frightening. Please be assured that we recommend surgery only when it is in the best interests of your furry companion. 

We will fully inform you about our recommendation for surgery, and make sure you are comfortable going forward with the decision.

If your pet requires advanced care, our vets will refer you to a veterinary surgeon near O’Fallon, and work closely with your vet surgeon to ensure that your pet receives the best possible care. 

Surgical protocols at our clinic include:

Pre-surgical assessments. We will confirm the specifics of the procedure, complete a physical examination of the patient, and make sure blood tests have been completed and reviewed by the vet in order to determine if your pet faces 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 wears disposable caps and masks at all times when they are in the surgical suite. Those involved in the procedure itself will also wear sterile gowns and single-use gloves.

Sterile packs and equipment. We carefully clean, sterilize and wrap our surgical instruments and equipment prior to every surgery.