Detail shot of steralized surgery instrumentsWe understand that surgery can be stressful for both you and your pet. Our caring and knowledgeable staff will take the time to explain your pet’s need for surgery as well as what will happen while your pet is staying at our hospital. We are happy to answer any questions that you might have before, during, and after your pet’s surgery. We will treat your pet as if he was our own while he is at our hospital so you can rest assured that your pet is in good hands with the doctors and staff at Risius Family Veterinary Service.

Neutering and Spaying

Neutering, or castration, is the surgical removal of both testicles in male dogs and cats. This is usually done between 4 and 6 months of age to prevent him from breeding. This helps protect your pet and helps to control the overall pet population. It also prevents testicular cancer and decreases the risk of some other diseases.Sx induction

Spaying, technically called ovariohysterectomy, is the surgical removal of both ovaries and the uterus of a female dog. It is done to prevent unwanted pregnancies, help control the pet population, and to decrease the risk of dangerous health conditions such as mammary (breast) cancer, uterine infections, and other types of cancers.

For most dogs and cats we recommend having these surgeries done before 6 months of age. However, for some dog breeds your veterinarian may recommend delaying the spay or neuter procedure until they are a little older. Our veterinarians will work with you to determine what is best for your individual pet. Our team will walk you through every step of the surgical process and answer any questions that you may have.

Soft tissue surgery

Our veterinarians are highly skilled at many soft tissue surgical procedures. Soft tissue surgeries that are commonly done at Risius Family Veterinary Service include mass (tumor) removals, eye surgeries, abdominal exploratory surgery, and stomach or intestinal surgeries to remove obstructions caused by non-food items in your pet’s digestive tract.

Orthopedic Surgery

Our veterinariansStifle radiograph are also qualified to handle the most common orthopedic conditions of dogs and cats, which can include the following.   

  • Ruptured cranial cruciate ligament in the knee of dogs (ACL injury)
  • Luxating patellas (knee cap dislocation)
  • Pain caused by hip dysplasia and arthritis
  • Fractures (broken bones)
  • Injuries or conditions requiring amputations
  • Declaw procedure in cats

When we feel it is necessary, your veterinarian may refer you to a specialized, board certified veterinary surgeon to get the pest possible care for your pet.


Pre-Surgery FAQ’s

Can my pet eat on the day of surgery?
No, please do not give your pet any food, treats, or anything besides water after 8:00 pm on the night before surgery. Your pet may drink water. If your pet is on any medications, please contact your veterinarian to see if and when they should be given before surgery.
What time can I drop off my pet for surgery?
Please bring your pet in between 7:30 and 8:30 am. We are happy to arrange an alternate time for you, just ask us. Please allow 15 minutes to check in you pet.
Can my son/daughter drop my pet off for surgery?
No, unless prior arrangements have been made, the primary adult pet owner should bring your pet in for surgery because of the financial and medical decisions that need to be made. Release forms and treatment plans (including an estimate of costs) will be sent to you ahead of time and you’ll need to sign them and return them when you drop your pet off for surgery.
Should I bring my pet’s favorite blanket, bed, or toy with him?
Generally we ask you to leave those things at home. While they can be a comfort, sometimes pets may soil their bedding after surgery and we’d hate to have a valuable item damaged. If there is something that is a particular comfort to your pet, feel free to ask us and we can place it in your pet’s kennel after they are full awake.
Should I bring my pet’s food along?
Yes, you may bring along your pet’s regular diet. Please bring enough for 2 small meals. If you don’t bring your pet’s food, we will feed them the appropriate diet for their age from our line of Hill’s Science Diet pet food.
Why should I do the blood work before surgery?
Our pre-surgical blood work screens for many conditions that can negatively affect your pet during anesthesia. These can include, but are not limited to, infections, anemia (low number of red blood cells, low platelets (cells that help the blood clot), kidney disease, liver disease, and diabetes. If abnormalities are found, our doctors may recommend delaying surgery until the condition is resolved, or they may change the drugs used during surgery to minimize your pet’s health risk.

Post-Surgery FAQ’s

Will my pet need to be kept quiet after surgery?
Yes, adequate rest and activity restriction plays a large part in your pet’s recovery from surgery. For most surgeries, your pet will need to be confined to a kennel or small room for 14 days and no running, jumping, or playing with other pets Is allowed. During this time, your pet should only be allowed outside while on a leash and only to go to the bathroom.
My cat was declawed, can I still use the regular litter in the box?
No, for 14 days after surgery we ask that you replace your cat’s normal litter with shredded paper or a litter product called Yesterday’s News. This will keep the surgical sites on your cat’s paws clean while they are healing.
Can my pet lick at its surgery site to keep it clean?
No, this is a common myth that is completely untrue. Your pet’s mouth is full of bacteria and licking has been shown to cause infection and delay healing after surgery.
Does my pet really need to wear that lampshade on its head?
Yes, that “lampshade” aka “the cone of shame” is called an Elizabethan collar, or e-collar for short. It will keep your pet from licking or chewing at its surgery site, which can cause infection and slow healing. Your pet needs to wear the e-collar at all times while its surgery site is healing. It may seem like a big inconvenience, but we have seen cases where pets have opened up their incision and need to have another surgery right away!
Can I give my pet a bath after surgery?
No, you need to wait 14 days after surgery to give your pet a bath. Getting sutures (stitches) wet can speed up how fast they dissolve and it could cause your pet’s incision to open up before it is healed. If your pet is a little stinky or dirty, feel free to use waterless shampoos, wipes, or just wipe them down with a damp wash cloth.