Pet Surgery

At Rutland Veterinary Clinic and Surgical Center, we understand that when a pet needs surgery, it can be stressful for both you and your companion. Therefore, we strive to make every procedure comfortable and stress-free for our patients and clients. Our veterinarians are highly skilled at surgery and Dr. Macpherson has advanced training in orthopedics. With our exceptional skills and deep compassion, we ensure every pet has a smooth procedure and a speedy recovery.

rutland surgeon taking care of a dog

Safety First: How We Reduce the Risk of Surgery

Surgery requires general anesthesia, and as with human medicine, every procedure has its inherent risks. As an AAHA-accredited animal hospital, our vets and staff adhere to the highest safety protocols in the industry to minimize those risks. Ways we ensure your pet’s safety include:

  • Performing a pre-anesthetic exam and blood work to check that your pet is healthy enough for surgery and has no underlying conditions that could make anesthesia less safe.
  • Supplying fluids throughout the procedure through an IV catheter. Fluids help to not only hydrate your pet but regulate their blood pressure, too.
  • Monitoring their vitals with advanced equipment. A trained technician watches over your pet’s vitals from the start of anesthesia until they’re in recovery.
  • Providing effective pain medication to reduce discomfort and stress. Pain medication is given before, during, and after your pet’s procedure to ensure they wake from anesthesia with minimal discomfort.

Complex Orthopedic Surgeries for Dogs & Cats

Orthopedic procedures are those that deal with bones and joints. Most general practice veterinarians refer out for orthopedic procedures due to a lack of expertise. At Rutland Veterinary Clinic and Surgical Center, our veterinarian, Dr. Macpherson has advanced training in orthopedic procedures and is able to provide the following:

  • Dog ACL repairs (also known as CCL — cranial cruciate ligament — repairs) including tibial plateau leveling osteotomy (TPLO)
  • Patellar luxation correction
  • Fracture repairs/bone plating

Expert Soft Tissue Surgeries

Beyond orthopedic issues, our vets are also able to handle routine and more complex soft tissue surgeries including:

  • Tooth extractions
  • Spay and neuter surgeries
  • Tumor/mass removals
  • Cat and dog cataract surgery
  • Bladder stone removals
  • Abdominal surgeries
  • Exploratory procedures
  • And more

If you think your pet could benefit from a procedure or you have any questions about our surgical capabilities,
please call us at 802-773-2779!