Routine Veterinary Surgical Care Based on Vet Industry Best Practices


If you think dogs can't count, try putting three dog biscuits in your pocket and then giving Fido only two of them.

Phil Pastoret

Pet Surgery

Patterson Dog & Cat Hospital offers expert care for minor and routine "in-patient" surgeries including:

  • Spay and neuter
  • Tumor removals
  • Surgical dental procedures

In addition to scheduled surgeries, we can also handle minor surgical emergencies during our regular business hours.

Surgical Best Practices for Your Pet

Our surgical center is fully equipped to provide the best possible veterinary care for your dog or cat. We follow industry best practices to ensure your petís safety during surgery, including:

  • The use of isoflurane anesthesia
  • Interoperative monitoring of vital signs during surgery
  • Administration of intravenous fluids during surgery to keep your pet hydrated and ensure proper kidney function
  • Preoperative surgical blood work:
    • Recommended for all surgery patients
    • Required for surgery patients ages eight and over

What You Should Know Pre and Post Surgery

Prior to your petís scheduled surgery, we will provide you with a list of instructions to follow to ensure your petís safety during the procedure. You can download the list here or we will provide it for you at our office.

Download Pre-surgery Instructions

We only do inpatient surgeries, so your pet will be going home with you at the end of the scheduled surgery day. Before your pet is discharged, a technician will provide you with detailed information about the surgery and give you a list of postoperative instructions customized to your petís specific needs, as well as emergency contact numbers should you need them.

We understand that a surgery can be a stressful time for you and your pet, and we encourage you to call us with questions during regular business hours.

Recommendations for Major Surgery Care

Because we are not a 24/7 facility and because of the number of high-quality, reputable pet surgery centers and emergency veterinary facilities in the Detroit area, we feel itís in the best interest of you and your pet to visit one of these facilities for major surgical procedures, such as bone surgery or heart surgery. We are happy to recommend the following facilities for expert, around-the-clock veterinary care for your dog or cat:

Michigan Veterinary Specialists
29080 Inkster Road
Southfield, MI 48076
Phone: (248) 354-6660
Fax: (248) 354-0303
Website: Michigan Veterinary Specialists

Oakland Veterinary Referral Services
1400 South Telegraph Road
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302
Toll-Free: (866) 334-6877
Phone: (248) 334-6877
Fax: (248) 334-3693
Website: Oakland Veterinary Referral Services

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