Our veterinary team in La Mesa is able to perform different surgical procedures for pets from across San Diego County, including veterinary orthopedic surgery, soft tissue surgery, spays and neuters, dental surgery and more. 

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Cat & Dog Surgery

We offer a wide variety of surgical procedures for dogs and cats at Rancho Village Veterinary Hospital, using stringent surgical protocols for safe and effective procedures.  

During each vet surgery, a dedicated nurse will administer anesthesia and continuously monitor your pet using electronic patient monitoring equipment. Pain management will also be provided. 

We will make post-operative monitoring and pain management our priorities following surgery. Your vet will also be able to provide a thorough set of instructions for you to give your pet at-home care. 

Pet Surgery in La Mesa

What to Expect from Pet Surgery

We will always keep you fully informed about why we are recommending a given surgical procedure, as well as regarding any post-operative care your pet needs when at home. We always practice stringent surgical protocols at our clinic. 

Surgical Procedures

At Rancho Village Veterinary Hospital, we perform medical and emergency vet surgeries to help treat diseases and conditions in pets as well as to repair any injuries they may have sustained through trauma. 

Our La Mesa vets routinely perform the following elective and non-elective pet surgeries:

  • Soft Tissue Surgery

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

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

  • Spaying & Neutering

    When spaying or neutering a cat or dog, we surgically sterilize them in order to prevent disease and provide them with an extended life expectancy. 

  • C-Sections

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

    We generally perform c-sections when the mother won't be able to safely 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 procedures for cats and dogs performed by our vets include cataract surgery, ectropion surgery, entropion surgery, eyelid tumor removal and exenteration of the orbit.

    If your cat or dog requires a veterinary surgical specialist to perform the surgery, our veterinarians will refer you to a pet surgeon near La Mesa and work closely with your animal surgeon to ensure that your pet receives the best possible care. 

  • Mass Removal

    Dogs and cats will often develop masses on their body associated with their skin. These masses can also grow inside their body cavity, however, becoming potentially serious or even life-threatening if not promptly treated. 

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

  • Foreign Body

    Sometimes our cats or dogs will ingest foreign objects they shouldn't or get objects lodged in their body by accident. 

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

    In some cases, specialized skills or equipment are needed to perform pet surgery. If that is the case for your animal, your vet will refer you to a cat or dog surgeon near La Mesa and work closely with your veterinary surgeon to ensure that your dog or cat receives the very best care.

  • Wounds

    Wounds occur when your pet's living tissue is burnt, torn, cut or damaged in some other way. 

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

  • Urethrectomy

    During an urethrectomy, our vets remove all or part of a cat's or dog's ureter.

  • Cystectomy

    During a cystectomy, our vets remove a cat's or dog's urinary bladder.

  • Orthopedic Surgery

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

    If your dog or cat is suffering from a condition or injury that requires advanced specialized care, we have an on-call orthopedic vet surgeon near La Mesa that we can bring in to provide advanced procedures.

  • Tibial Tuberosity Advancement (TTA)

    Tibial Tuberosity Advancement (also referred to as TTA), is an orthopedic surgery we offer to treat knee injuries and destabilization in dogs. 

    It involves surgically moving part of your pup's tibial forward at their knee joint to help give them more stability and reduce their pain when they walk or run.

  • 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 Veterinary Surgery Process

We know that the idea of bringing your pet in for veterinary surgery can be a bit of a frightening one. But rest assured that we only recommend surgery when it is in the best interests of your pet. 

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

If your pet requires advanced care that we are unable to provide, our vets will refer you to a veterinary surgeon near La Mesa and work closely with them to ensure that your four-legged friend receives the best possible care when they need it most. 

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. We perform all of our surgical procedures in a dedicated suite of our hospital. This room is kept totally sterile in order to prevent infection and cross-contamination. 

Surgical attire. Our staff wear 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 are careful to clean, sterilize and wrap all of our surgical instruments and equipment before each and every surgery.