Riverwalk Pet Hospital - pet surgery

Riverwalk Pet Hospital & Resort

Pet Surgery

We know that it can be a stressful time when your pet needs an operation. We’ll be with you every step of the way. Learn more about our pet surgery services below!

Pet Surgery

Our veterinary team understands that it can be a stressful time when your pet needs an operation. We’ll be with you every step of the way. We’re happy to give you a full tour of our clean, state-of-the-art surgical center before making a decision to go through with the operation.

At Riverwalk Pet Hospital & Resort our surgical team and surgical suite provide for the performance of a wide variety of procedures. 

Our surgical services and facilities include all the following:

  • Pre-anesthetic evaluation of your pet by a veterinarian prior to administration of anesthesia
  • In-house laboratory to enable pre-anesthetic blood work with immediate access to results
  • Intravenous catheter placement to enable safe administration of medications and fluid therapy during procedures
  • Fully trained veterinary and surgical staff
  • Bed Jet warming unit to provide comfort while also maintaining the pet’s body temperature
  • Oxygen saturation and pulse monitoring
  • Intensive post-surgical care 
  • Pain management (before and after the procedure)
  • Properly sterilized surgical instruments

We utilize the safest anesthetic agents and use the most modern equipment to enable us to assess our patient’s vital signs during all anesthetic procedures. All pets admitted to our hospitals for surgery will be carefully screened for safety and anesthetic agents will be tailored specially for your pet. The safety, comfort, and well-being of our patients are our top priorities. 

Some of the surgical procedures performed by our veterinarians

  • Ovariohysterectomy (spay)
  • Castration (neuter)
  • Cystotomy
  • Dental extractions
  • Laceration repair
  • Skin abscess
  • Intestinal obstruction due to foreign body
  • Bladder stone removal or urethral blockages
  • Mass or tumor removal
  • Orthopedic procedures
Riverwalk Pet Hospital - pet surgery


Is your pet diabetic? Please contact the hospital for specific pre-surgery instructions!

  • Surgical patients are admitted to the hospital the morning of their procedure between 7:00 am – 7:30 am. Admittance procedures typically take 15-20 minutes, so please allow time to meet with one of our surgery technicians. 
  • Pets receiving anesthetic should be fasted the evening before their scheduled procedure. Please do not feed your pet after 10:00 pm. Your pet IS allowed to have water. 
  • Upon arrival, allow your pet to urinate and defecate before entry into the hospital. 
  • For the safety of all pets and clients, we ask that all cats be in a carrier and all dogs be securely controlled on a short leash. 
  • Upon admission, pre-anesthetic blood tests and/or radiographs, if applicable, will be performed. In addition, a pre-anesthetic evaluation/assessment will be performed by the veterinarian performing the surgery. 
  • After blood tests and evaluations by the veterinarian are complete, an intravenous catheter will be placed. 
  • Upon the completion of surgery, your pet will be moved to recovery and monitored by our trained technical staff. Once the pet is fully awake from anesthesia, a surgery technician will contact you to update you on your pet’s procedure and to schedule a time for patient discharge. 
  • When you arrive to the hospital for patient discharge, anticipate an additional 15-20 minutes for the veterinary technician to provide you with information on your pet’s at-home/post-anesthetic care needs. 

If at any time before, during, or after your pet’s anesthetic procedure you have questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to let our veterinary team or the veterinarian know.