Surgical Services for Pets
At our Charlotte clinic, we offer a wide range of surgical procedures for cats and dogs, while practicing stringent surgical protocols.
During each surgery, anesthesia will be administered by a dedicated nurse, who will continuously monitor your pet using electronic patient monitoring equipment. Pain management will also be provided.
After surgery, our priorities shift to pain management and post-operative monitoring. Your vet will also provide detailed instructions for at-home care.
On-Call Surgical Specialists
We partner with Bedrock Veterinary Specialists to provide our patients with experienced board-certified veterinary surgeons with expert, compassionate care for your pet. With advanced diagnostic and treatment options, they strive to be the most trusted source of specialty veterinary surgical care in the Carolinas.
What to Expect from Surgery
We are committed to transparent communication and will always keep you fully informed about why a surgical procedure is being recommended, along with any post-operative care that will be needed at home. We practice stringent surgical protocols at our clinic.
At Quail Hollow Veterinary Hospital, we perform medical and emergency surgeries to help treat disease and conditions in pets or to repair injuries sustained through trauma.
Our Charlotte vets routinely perform the following elective and non-elective surgeries:
- Soft Tissue Surgery
For pets suffering from ear, nose, and throat disorders, we offer soft tissue surgical procedures.
These procedures are also available for hepatic, urogenital, oncological, cardiothoracic, gastrointestinal, and skin disorders.
- Dental Surgery
Our veterinarians provide dental surgeries for dogs and cats. These surgeries can range from tooth extractions to gum disease treatment and jaw fracture repairs.
- Spaying & Neutering
When we spay or neuter a cat or dog, we surgically sterilize them to prevent disease and provide them with an extended life expectancy.
If your pet is experiencing pain, redness or other symptoms in or around their eyes, they may need ocular surgery.
Common ocular procedures for cats and dogs include eyelid tumor removal, cataract surgery, ectropion surgery, entropion surgery, exenteration of the orbit and cherry eye surgery.
If your cat or dog requires a veterinary surgical specialist to perform the surgery, our veterinarians will refer you to a pet surgeon near Charlotte and work closely with your animal surgeon to ensure that your pet receives the best possible care.
- Mass Removal
Cats and dogs can develop masses associated with the skin. Masses can also grow inside a body cavity and can be serious or life-threatening.
Mass removal surgery is a fairly common procedure for both cats and dogs.
- Foreign Body
Sometimes, foreign objects are ingested or can get stuck inside a cat's or dog's body.
Whether your pet has eaten an object they shouldn't have or an accident has left them injured, we can perform foreign body surgery to remove it.
In some cases, specialized skills or equipment are needed to perform pet surgery. If that is the case for your animal, your vet will refer you to a cat or dog surgeon near Charlotte and work closely with your veterinary surgeon to ensure that your dog or cat receives the very best care.
Wounds occur when living tissue has been cut, broken, burnt, torn, or otherwise damaged.
It's imperative that these wounds be cleaned, disinfected, and appropriately cared for by a qualified veterinarian as soon as possible.
- Orthopedic Surgery
Orthopedic surgeries correct injuries and diseases of the bones, ligaments, joints, tendons, and other skeletal structures in your pet. If your dog or cat is suffering from a condition or injury that requires advanced specialized care your vet will refer your dog or cat to a vet surgeon near Charlotte.
- Tibial Tuberosity Advancement (TTA)
One of the most commonly performed procedures for dogs with a steep tibial plateau or angle of the top part of the tibia, Tibial Tuberosity Advancement (TTA) is used to treat cranial (or anterior) cruciate ligament rupture in dogs' knee joints.
It involves cutting the top of the shin bone (tibia), shifting it forward and stabilizing it in its new position. TTA surgery aims to make the tibial plateau perpendicular to the patellar tendon in order to prevent the shin bone from moving forwards.
- Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy (TPLO)
Another popular orthopedic surgery, TPLO surgery is performed on dogs with a torn cranial cruciate ligament (also known as a dog's torn ACL).
By performing this procedure, we aim to completely change the dynamics of the dog's knee so that the torn ligament will be irrelevant to the knee's stability.
The Surgery Process
We understand that the prospect of bringing your pet in for surgery can be frightening. Please be assured that we recommend surgery only when it is in the best interests of your furry companion.
We will ensure that you fully understand why we are recommending surgery, and that you are comfortable making the decision to move ahead.
If your pet requires advanced care, our vets will refer you to a veterinary surgeon near Charlotte, and work closely with your vet surgeon to ensure that your pet receives the best possible care.
Surgical protocols at our clinic include:
Pre-surgical assessments. We will confirm the specifics of the procedure, complete a physical examination of the patient, and make sure blood tests have been completed and reviewed by the vet in order to determine if your pet faces any risk of anesthesia-related complications.
Dedicated surgical suites. Surgeries are performed in a dedicated surgical suite. This room is kept completely sterile to prevent infection and cross-contamination.
Surgical attire. Our staff wears disposable caps and masks at all times when they are in the surgical suite. Those involved in the procedure itself will also wear sterile gowns and single-use gloves.
Sterile packs and equipment. We carefully clean, sterilize and wrap our surgical instruments and equipment prior to every surgery.