Veterinary Surgery

Comprehensive and Caring


External and Internal Surgery for Rochester Dogs and Cats

Surgery can be scary and stressful for both your pet and you, but it does not have to be. At Penfield Veterinary Hospital, we provide a wide array of surgical services, be it external or internal.

A Better Quality of Life

At some point, your pet may require surgery to support his or her health. Our team of caring professionals understands the anxiety owners can feel when faced with this situation. At Penfield Veterinary Hospital, you can have peace of mind knowing the comfort and safety of your pet are always our top priorities during every procedure.

Surgical Services

Our surgical services include:


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 four to six months of age.


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

Dewclaw Removal

If your dog is born with extra toes on the rear feet, we may recommend their removal so they don’t 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, eye/facial procedures, cystotomies (bladder surgery), and abdominal exploratory surgeries.

Growth Removals

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

Depending on your situation, our team may refer you to one of our partner hospitals for specialized care.

What to Expect

Before any surgery, we take the time to review the entire process with you from start to finish. Post-surgery, we notify you once your pet wakes up, and we keep you informed of his or her condition. We also provide a post-surgical home care form with detailed instructions on how to care for your pet at home.

While there are 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 a variety of methods, including:

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

Monitoring a patient under anesthesia is a complex undertaking that’s extremely important to the health and safety of your pet. You can rest assured knowing our experienced staff closely observes heart rate, blood flow, oxygenation levels, and respiratory functions. We also use warming protocols to avoid hypothermia, which can be a big risk for anesthetized patients.

Pain Control

Pain management plans are tailored for each pet based on pre– and post-surgical needs. Methods vary from pre-operative medications to postoperative IV infusions (for 24-hour pain control). Our team may also recommend medications for use at home.

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