Hours Of Operation:

Monday: 8am to 7pm
Tuesday: 8am to 5:30pm
Wednesday: closed
Thursday: 8am to 7pm
Friday: 8am to 4pm
Saturday: 8am to 12pm

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hours may vary.

Surgical Care at Palmyra Animal Hospital

Overview of surgery

Surgical Care Surgery involves the treatment of disease, injury or deformity by operation or tissue manipulation. The end result: improving the quality of life for both the patient and their owner. All surgery involves some form of anesthesia and pain control thereafter. Always discuss the overall surgical/anesthetic/pain management protocol with your veterinarian.

Anesthesia/Pain Control

Anesthesia/Monitoring Information:

Anesthesia comes from the Greek word meaning loss of sensation. There are many levels of anesthesia, from local anesthesia (i.e., tooth block), spinal anesthesia (i.e., epidural block), up to general anesthesia, where the patient is unconscious for a controlled period of time and where there is a complete loss of pain sensation. While under anesthesia, the patient is closely monitored by various methods, including: Doppler Blood pressure, EKG, oxygen/carbon dioxide levels and constant human evaluation of the patient. Talk with your veterinarian about the method of anesthesia being used for your pet’s surgical procedure.

Pain Control

Pain control for pets has come a long way in the past 10 years. Pain management for all surgical procedures is tailored to each patient based on anticipated pre-surgical need and post-surgical needs as well. Pain control varies from pre-operative medications to block pain before the procedure, intra-operative IV medications, to post-operative IV constant infusions for 24-hour pain control. Your pet may also go home with oral pain medications or even a Fentanyl pain patch. Discuss your pet’s pain control needs with your veterinarian.

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Surgical Procedures

Surgical Procedures Spay (ovariohysterectomy)

This surgical procedure involves removing the ovaries and uterus to prevent your female pet from going into heat and being able to reproduce. Spaying is a major surgical procedure which involves general anesthesia and proper pain management. We recommend spaying for all females. There are many health benefits to spaying your pet, including: prevention of breast cancer and uterine cancer, prevention of unwanted pregnancy or heat cycles, and elimination of risk for pyometra (severe uterine infection). Spaying is recommended between four to six months of age.


This surgical procedure involves removing the testicles so the male will not be able to reproduce. Neutering requires general anesthesia but is not as invasive as spaying a female pet, since the surgeon does not go into the abdominal cavity. We recommend neutering for all male pets by six months of age. Neutering prevents males from wandering after females in heat, aggression secondary to testosterone levels, and reduces the liklihood of territorial behaviors such as marking with urine or stool.

Declawing Your Cat

Declawing involves surgical removal of the nail and last bone in each toe. This should only be done if your cat cannot be trained to a scratching post and will remain indoors. Declawing involves a general anesthesia. Pre-operative and post-operative pain control is a priority for this procedure. Patients generally stay in hospital for three to five days to ensure that they are pain-free and healing well.

Dewclaw Removal

Some dogs are born with extra toes on the rear feet. Your Veterinarian may recommend removal of them so they do not get caught on objects or become infected from abnormal nail growth.

Soft Tissue Surgery

This involves surgical procedures that do not include bones and joints. The majority of soft tissue surgery includes spaying, neutering and growth removals. Other soft tissue surgery includes abdominal surgery, heart/lung/vessel surgery, skin/wound reconstruction, and eye/facial surgery.

Growth Removals

This soft tissue surgery involves removal of growths from the patient for medical or cosmetic reasons. Growths can be non-cancerous (benign) or cancerous (malignant). Most growths removed should be sent to a pathologist to determine what the growth is and how it should be treated after surgery.

Orthopedic Surgery

This form of surgery involves procedures of bones and joints. Orthopedic surgery may address a fractured bone, congenital defects or a torn ligament within a joint. Your veterinarian will, in most cases, refer you to a board certified Veterinary Surgeon for orthopedic procedures.

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Post Surgical Home Care

Post Surgical Home Care Refer to our Post Surgical Home Care form detailing information on how to care for your pet at home after a surgical procedure.