Our Enterprise vets perform a number of surgical procedures in our recently renovated surgical suite, including veterinary orthopedic surgery, soft tissue surgery, spay & neuter procedures, C-sections, and more.

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Veterinary Surgery

No matter how minor or major the surgery is, the team at West Gate Veterinary Hospital approaches it with the same careful preparation and meticulous attention to detail.

In every case, we take rigorous precautions to ensure your pet’s safety in the operating room and give you the peace of mind of knowing your pet is in the hands of a proven professional using advanced surgical procedures.

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

Veterinary Surgery, Enterprise Vet

What to Expect from Pet Surgery

Our Enterprise vets will always keep you fully informed about why we are recommending a surgical procedure. We will give you detailed information on every step of the process including the proper post-operative care for your pet.

Surgical Procedures

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

Our Enterprise vets routinely perform the following elective and non-elective 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 we spay or neuter a cat or dog, we surgically sterilize them 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.

    C-sections are typically performed when 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 Enterprise and work closely with your animal surgeon to ensure that your pet receives the best possible care. 

  • Mass Removal

    Cats and dogs can develop masses associated with the 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 a cat's or dog's body.

    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 Enterprise and work closely with your veterinary surgeon to ensure that your dog or cat receives the very best 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. 

  • Cystectomy

    During a cystotomy, an incision is made into the dog or cat's urinary bladder to facilitate the removal of bladder stones and/or urethral stones.

  • 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 specialized care your vet will refer your dog or cat to an orthopedic vet near Enterprise.

  • 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.

  • Vulvaplasty

    Vulvoplasty, also known as episioplasty, is a surgical procedure that is used to correct a condition in female dogs known as a recessed vulva. Dogs with a recessed vulva have skin folds that hang over the vulva. This extra skin can trap moisture and lead to recurrent infections or skin irritations in your dog.

  • FHO (Femoral Head Ostectomy)

    An FHO, or femoral head ostectomy, is a surgical procedure that removes the head and neck of the femur bone (the thigh bone) where it attaches to the hip in cases where the hip is diseased or damaged. This surgery aims to restore mobility and reduce pain in the hip area.

  • Nares Resection

    A nares resection surgery makes it easier for your dog to breathe by removing small sections or folds in your dog's nostrils that cause breathing difficulties. 

  • Soft Palate Resection 

    A soft palate resection may be necessary if the soft tissue at the back of the roof of your pet's mouth is too long for their head and causing difficulty with breathing or swallowing. 

  • Declawing Surgery

    Declawing surgery is done with a surgical laser and is done only as a last resort when a cat is posing a serious threat to other pets or household members. 

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 specialist care, our vets will refer you to a veterinary surgeon near Enterprise, 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.

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