The veterinarians at Park Grove Pet Hospital are very skilled in performing a variety of routine and complex soft tissue surgeries. For more advanced orthopedic procedures, we have a mobile veterinary surgeon who visits our hospital.
Common surgeries we perform include:
Spay and neuter surgeries for dogs and cats in Cottage Grove, MN do a lot of good for pets - both individually and in the greater pet community. Surgery helps decrease the rate of serious cancers of your pet’s reproductive organs and it helps to prevent pet overpopulation, too, by decreasing the rate of unwanted pregnancies. With fewer pets going to shelters, current shelter pets can find their forever homes.
Debunking Spay & Neuter Myths
Spay and neuter surgeries are incredibly beneficial for our pets, but there’s still some doubt out there. To ease your mind, we’re debunking spay/neuter myths with the facts!
As long as your pet is fed a healthy, age-appropriate diet and gets plenty of exercises, weight gain shouldn’t be a problem.
Spay and neuter surgeries do cause some behavior modifications—but these behaviors are linked to their reproductive instincts. Your pet’s personality and intelligence won’t change at all.
Females actually are much healthier if they are spayed before their first heat cycle. Doing so significantly reduces her risk of mammary gland tumors later in life.
The cost of a spay/neuter surgery is far less than the cost of caring for your pet’s litter and treating potential diseases as well as cancer that can develop later in life.
Benefits Of Neutering Your Pet
Spays and neuters offer pets substantial health and behavioral benefits. These include:
As an AAHA-accredited animal hospital, we practice the highest standards of safety with every procedure by making your pet’s comfort and well-being our priority from post-operative care to recovery. Our safety protocols include:
Pre-Anesthetic Exam and Blood Work
Your veterinarian will examine your pet thoroughly for any signs of underlying problems that could compromise their safety under anesthesia. We’ll also perform blood work to check the health of your pet’s kidneys and liver, both of which play a key role in metabolizing the anesthesia.
We’ll place an IV catheter to provide fluids that help regulate your pet’s body temperature, hydration, and blood pressure. Additionally, it gives us an efficient means for administering any medication needed during the procedure.
Our high-tech equipment monitors your pet’s vitals including heart rate and rhythm, blood pressure, body temperature, respiratory rate, pulse oximetry, and more.
One of our CVTs is with your pet, monitoring their vitals, anesthesia, and response to the procedure from the start of surgery through their recovery.
Our goal is for every pet to wake from surgery with minimal pain. To that end, we provide pain medication before, during, and after surgery so they feel minimum discomfort while they recover from anesthesia. Additionally, we’ll send home appropriate medication.
After surgery, your pet will be moved to our recovery ward where a veterinary technician will be with them as they wake up from surgery. We’ll let you know when they are ready to be picked up and will go through detailed discharge instructions so you can give them the very best care at home. Generally, we recommend that pets have a quiet, safe place to recover for the first 24-48 hours after surgery. Their crate or a pet-safe room is often the best place for them to relax. Anesthesia takes some time to completely wear off, so don’t be alarmed if your pet seems groggy and/or has a decreased appetite the first day or two after surgery.