We 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.
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.
Our veterinarians 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.