Surgical Services

The Carriage Crossing Animal Hospital provides many surgical services, ranging from routine spay and neuter services, to advanced services such as heart surgery and emergency surgery for injuries and accidents. Our experienced Waterloo Veterinarian handles most surgeries in our state-of-the-art facility. Because we want to ensure the best possible care and outcomes for our patients, we do occasionally refer our patients and their owners to specialists who are board-certified Veterinary Surgeons to perform complex operations when advanced equipment or special training would be best for your animal. Our Animal Care Team makes every effort to give your pet the highest quality care. We perform a physical exam and preanesthetic testing before surgery, monitor your pet's condition throughout the procedure, and provide appropriate pain management to keep your pet comfortable during recovery. Your peace of mind and your pet's health and comfort are our top priorities.

Spaying Your Pet

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Spaying your pet has many benefits and can help your pet live a longer, healthier life. This surgical procedure is safe and effective, and prevents female animals from becoming pregnant and reproducing, and it can help protect your pet from potentially fatal diseases, including several types of cancer. Spaying does not change your pet’s personality.

As the Carriage Crossing Animal Care Team can tell you, when you have your female pet spayed, you’re protecting her against diseases such as bacterial infections, reproductive tract diseases, and certain kinds of cancer. Spaying also prevents your animal from going into heat. This means avoiding the mess that often accompanies the heat cycle in female dogs and the pacing and crying that happens with female cats. In addition, spaying your pet will prevent pregnancy, which means you won’t have the financial and emotional burden of caring for a litter of unexpected animals…and you won’t have to find homes for them!

Spaying, which involves removing the ovaries and uterus, is a surgical procedure and does need to be performed by an expert Waterloo Veterinarian with the pet under anesthesia. Our Animal Care Team follows strict protocols and continually monitors your pet’s vital signs to help ensure her safety. Please see the descriptions under Anesthesia and Patient Monitoring for more information on what we do to keep your pet safe.

To set up an appointment to have your pet spayed or to learn more about this procedure, call or visit our Waterloo Animal Hospital. If you are struggling with the decision of whether to spay your pet, please call us so we can discuss your concerns. We want to help you make the best health care decisions for your pet, to keep her healthy and happy!

Neutering Your Pet

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Neutering your pet has many benefits and can help your pet live a longer, healthier life. This surgical procedure is safe and effective, and prevents male animals from reproducing, and it can help protect your pet from potentially fatal diseases, including several types of cancer. Neutering does not change your pet’s personality.

As the Carriage Crossing Animal Care Team can tell you, when you have your male pet neutered, you’re protecting him against diseases such as prostate and testicular cancer, as well as sexually transmitted diseases. Neutering will also reduce or eliminate certain sexual behaviors such as roaming, fighting, humping, and spraying urine. In addition, spaying your pet will prevent pregnancy, which helps control the dog and cat overpopulation problem, keeping more animals out of shelters.

Neutering, which involves removing the testicles, is a surgical procedure and does need to be performed by an expert Waterloo Veterinarian with the pet under anesthesia. Our Animal Care Team follows strict protocols and continually monitors your pet’s vital signs to help ensure his safety. Please see the descriptions under Anesthesia and Patient Monitoring for more information on what we do to keep your pet safe.

To set up an appointment to have your pet neutered or to learn more about this procedure, call or visit our Waterloo Animal Hospital. If you are struggling with the decision of whether to neuter your pet, please call us so we can discuss your concerns. We want to help you make the best health care decisions for your pet, to keep him healthy and happy!