Surgery is an effective way to treat many serious injuries and disorders. While invasive, surgical procedures remain the backbone of veterinary medicine, delivering unparalleled results to the field of pet healthcare.
Blue Ridge Veterinary Associates is proud to offer state-of-the-art surgical facilities and equipment. We continue to utilize innovative surgical techniques and technology to remain on the forefront of veterinary medicine. Our hospital provides a large number of surgical services ranging from standard spaying and neutering to advanced, highly specialized procedures.
- Foreign body removal
Patient safety and comfort is our main priority. Blue Ridge Veterinary Associate’s experienced veterinary staff provides skilled pain management during and after all surgical procedures, ensuring your pet recovers quickly and pain-free.
Our veterinary team educates you throughout the entire process, giving you the tools to make informed decisions regarding your treatment options. We understand surgery is a stressful time for any owner, we are available every step of the way to answer questions and put your mind at ease.
If you are considering veterinary surgery, please contact your Blue Ridge Veterinary Associates veterinarian to schedule an introductory consultation.
We utilize the safest available anesthetics to provide that extra margin of safety, especially for our older or high risk patients. Using the most modern equipment, the patient’s vital signs are monitored during all anesthetic procedures. We use Isoflurane and Sevoflurane as our inhalent anesthesia.
Spay & Neuter
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Every year thousands of stray and unwanted animals are euthanized in shelters across the United States. Many of these deaths are the avoidable result of owners failing to spay and neuter their pets. The unexpected offspring of these liaisons often fill shelters and are never given the chance at happy, loving lives.
Spaying is a common surgical procedure performed on female cats and dogs. The process is called an ovariohysterectomy and involves removing the patient’s uterus, ovaries and fallopian tubes, rendering the animal incapable of reproduction. Blue Ridge Veterinary Associates veterinarians typically recommend spaying your pet at 3-6 months, depending on your dog’s breed and ideally before the patient’s first heat. However, new research indicates that some breeds may benefit from delaying spaying and neutering until they are one year of age. Always talk with your Blue Ridge Veterinary Associates to determine what is the best course of action for your pet.
This procedure has many notable benefits including:
- Prevents unwanted pregnancies
- Eliminates the risk of ovarian and uterine tumors
- Remove the possibility of uterine infections
What to expect after surgery
Spaying is a major surgery that requires 7-10 days recovery time and may include medication; lethargy is common for the first couple days following the procedure.
Neutering is performed on male cats and dogs. This process castrates the animal, removing their testicles and making them unable to impregnate females. Neutering is advised when your pet is 4-6 months old, but can be performed on older animals as well. New research indicates that some breeds may benefit from delaying neutering until they are one year of age. Always talk with your Blue Ridge Veterinary Associates to determine what is the best course of action for your pet.
Neutering generates many important health benefits:
- Prevents unwanted reproduction
- Placates the animal, reducing aggressive behavior and decreasing dominant tendencies
- Reduces roaming and spraying (territory marking)
- Eliminates the risk of testicular tumors
- Possibly reduces the risk of prostatitis and prostate tumors
What to expect after surgery
Although less invasive than spaying, neutering is still a major medical procedure that requires some recovery time. Following the procedure your pet will be sleepy from the anesthesia, this lethargy may last a couple days. Medication may be administered to combat pain. Owners must prevent the animal from licking or biting the incision to reduce the risk of infection.