Our skilled San Diego vets perform a number of specialty orthopedic surgeries such as Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy (TPLO) and Femoral Head Ostectomy (FHO), soft tissue surgery, spay & neuter procedures, and more.

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Veterinary Surgery

Our San Diego animal hospital uses strict protocols in each procedure, and we're proud to offer a wide range of surgical procedures for cats and dogs. 

During each surgery, a dedicated nurse continuously monitor your pet using electronic patient monitoring equipment. We will ensure that your pet's pain is being carefully managed.

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

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What to Expect

We always keep you fully informed about the reason for surgical recommendations and prepare you for the post-operative care that your pet will need at home. We practice stringent surgical protocols at our clinic.

Surgical Procedures

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

Our San Diego vets routinely perform the following surgical procedures:

  • Soft Tissue Surgery

    For pets suffering from disorders of the ear, nose, and throat, we offer soft tissue surgical procedures.

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

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  • Orthopedic Surgery

    Orthopedic surgeries, such as TPLO and FHO, correct injuries and diseases of the bones, ligaments, joints, tendons, and other skeletal structures in your pet.

    We are proud to offer the services of a Board-Certified Orthopedic Veterinary Surgeon who travels to our location to preform these surgeries. 

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  • Spaying & Neutering

    When we spay or neuter a cat or dog, we surgically sterilize them to prevent unwanted litters, as well as prevent certain cancers and extend their lives. 

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  • Dental Surgery

    Our veterinarians perform dental surgeries for dogs and cats. These surgeries can range from tooth extractions to treatment for gum disease and jaw fracture repairs.

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  • 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, ectropion surgery, entropion surgery, exenteration of the orbit and cherry eye surgery.

    If your pet requires a specialized procedure that we do not offer, our veterinarians will refer you to a specialist near San Diego and work closely with your animal surgeon to ensure that your pet receives the best possible care. 

  • Mass Removal

    Like humans, cats and dogs can develop masses on their skin. Masses can also grow inside a body cavity and can be serious or life-threatening.

    Mass removal surgery is a fairly common procedure for both cats and dogs.

  • Foreign Body

    Sometimes, foreign objects are ingested or can get stuck inside an animal's body.

    Whether your pet has eaten an object they shouldn't have or sustained an injury, we can perform foreign body surgery to remove it.

    Some cases may require specialized procedures or equipment are needed to perform pet surgery. If that is the case for your animal, your vet will refer you to a veterinary surgeon near San Diego and work closely with your veterinary surgeon to ensure that your dog or cat receives the very best care.

  • Wounds

    A wound is when living tissue has been cut, broken, burnt, torn, or otherwise damaged.

    It's important that these wounds be cleaned, disinfected, and appropriately cared for by a qualified veterinarian as soon as possible. 

The 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 ensure that you fully understand why we are recommending surgery, and that you are comfortable making the decision to move ahead.

If your pet requires advanced care, our vets will refer you to a veterinary surgeon near San Diego, 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.

  • Orthopedic Surgery

    The orthopedic veterinarians at College Animal Hospital perform surgical procedures for San Diego cats and dogs affected by a wide range of orthopedic conditions. Request Appointment What is orthopedic surgery? Orthopedic surgery for pets addresses issues affecting the joints and skeletal system and their associated soft tissues...
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  • Soft Tissue Surgery

    At College Animal Hospital, we provide a comprehensive range of soft tissue surgical procedures for our cat and dog patients in San Diego. Request Appointment What are soft tissue surgical procedures? The majority of surgical procedures that are not orthopedic in nature fall under the umbrella of soft tissue surgery.  We off...
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  • Spaying & Neutering

    Spaying and neutering are common surgeries performed at our San Diego animal clinic that help to prevent unwanted litters and offer a number of health benefits to cats and dogs.
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