If you were to talk with any of our doctors you would discover one of their favorite parts of practicing veterinary medicine is performing surgery. A healing hands-on approach of preventative and life-saving procedures is what has driven Linn Animal Hospital to be successful and sustain that success for nearly 60 years. Trusting a doctor with your pet during surgery can be stressful for you as the owner, however please know the doctor and support team will be in communication with you through the entire process. Remember, as your pet care team – we are pet owners too! We want the very best for your best friend.

We have the most advanced technology to offer you and your pet when it comes to any surgical procedure. In fact, some local veterinarians refer their patients to us and we’re happy to share our advanced care with any pet that needs it. We also refer our patients to specialists as needed to ensure your pet has access to the best healthcare outcomes.

Top 5 Most Common Veterinary Surgical Procedures:

  1. Spay/Neuter
    This minor procedure is one of the most important healthcare decisions a pet owner can make. Spaying, which removes the uterus and ovaries of a female pet not only prevents an unwanted pregnancy but also protects against uterine infections and mammary cancer. Neutering removes the male testicles which prevents unwanted litters. Protects against testicular cancer and improves behavior.
  2. Declaw
    Declawing is a simple procedure where claws are removed from the knuckle. Cats and kittens do well with this procedure. Some owners choose to remove front claws only or all four. Declawing your cat is usually a decision that is made to prevent injury to your cat and/or family members as well as damage to property. These common concerns can sometimes result in cats being given up for adoption which is what we want to help you avoid.
  3. Mass Removal
    An experienced veterinarian is the best person to help make this diagnosis. If suspected as benign, the doctor will most likely measure, map and monitor it’s growth. If a more serious condition, such as cancer is suspected, a biopsy may be recommended and reviewed. Surgery may be suggested and if so, our experienced doctors will use every tool which can sometimes mean an ultrasound to assist pre or post surgery to ensure a successful removal and outcome for your pet.
  4. Abdominal
    While there are many reasons for abdominal surgeries the most common are due to obstructions. Puppies are often the most common pet that swallow items they shouldn’t. They are very curious & mouthing/chewing things to learn more is their job. Unfortunately, that usually results in socks, underwear, rocks, sticks, Christmas ornaments and yarn going missing. (note: never pull on yarn/string hanging from either end. It is very dangerous) Please call us immediately – we are here to assist you in helping your pet get the care it needs. We may be able to help you induce vomiting at home or we may recommend your pet be seen immediately depending on what was ingested and how long ago. It’s important to choose puppy safe toys, puppy-proof your home and surroundings to avoid unnecessary emergencies and costs to you.

    Symptoms? Look for loss of appetite, lethargy, diarrhea, constipation, pale gums, dizziness, swollen tummy and more extreme behavior changes. Call us if you suspect your puppy has swallowed something.

  5. Orthopedic
    Just like humans, pets lives can be interrupted from painful ailments that may require surgery. A traumatic injury such as fracture, torn ligament, a congenital disease (present at birth) or age-related degenerative condition can all be causes for a potential surgical treatment. Although surgery is often a saving grace, our goal is for it to be a last resort. We will explore all options with you which may include spinal adjustments from our licensed veterinary chiropractor or laser therapy.

What to expect:

During a pre-operative, consult a veterinarian or technician to discuss anesthesia, review surgical plan, drop-off, pick-up, medications and home care with you so you are fully informed and supported.

Depending on your pet’s care plan we may choose to keep your pet in the hospital to observe and monitor for the first couple days after surgery. We will be sure to keep you informed of their progress and you are welcome to call to check on them.

If your pet can go home the day of surgery, remember anesthesia usually takes 24 hours to fully dissipate so it’s important to provide a safe place while your pet recovers which includes a space they won’t fall and cushioned support. They may need an Elizabethan collar to prevent scratching and chewing at incisions. Medications may include pain management and antibiotics. Dosage and timing will be clearly explained. Pill Pockets are a great option to ensure your pet takes their medications.

We may recommend a follow up appointment to make sure everything is healing properly, prevent any further injury or issues and allow us the opportunity to address any concerns you may have.