The Surgery Department at the Animal Hospital of West Chester is dedicated to optimizing patient outcomes. We do this by assembling a team that will provide the best possible care for your pet. Our veterinary surgeons work together to determine the least invasive and most effective procedures for your pet.

Comprehensive Surgical Care

Animal Hospital of West Chester veterinarians maintain the highest standards of care for all surgical procedures. We have multiple anesthetics to choose from including inhalation (gas) anesthesia. Anesthesia is individualized for your pet based on current health, breed, and length of surgery. Using the most current technology your pet’s vital signs are monitored by our specially trained, licensed veterinary technician, who will remain with your pet through recovery.

  • All surgery patients will receive a pre-anesthetic injection to minimize anxiety, reduce anesthetic requirements, and provide pain management.
  • We encourage pre-surgical lab work before all procedures. Your pet’s lab results will help determine which anesthesia to use, which pain medications to use, and document health before his/her surgery.
  • An IV catheter will be placed in his/her front leg so fluids can be given during the procedure to maintain blood pressure, improve recovery, and provide vital access in the rare event of a crisis (for routine elective surgeries, catheters are not mandatory).
  • All patients are kept warm during their procedure using a circulating water heating pad (made for infants).
  • A licensed veterinary technician will monitor your pet’s heart rate, EKG, mucus membrane color, capillary refill time, breaths per minute, oxygen level, body temperature, and blood pressure.
  • All incisions will receive laser treatment during recovery. This pain-free therapy laser will provide immediate comfort and improve healing rates.

The surgery team will work diligently to minimize potential complications. Written detailed discharge instructions will be available during your pet’s release. The technician will go over these “home care instructions” in person. The technician and doctors will then monitor your pet’s continued recovery with follow-up phone consultations and recheck examinations.

Common Surgical Procedures:

  • Spay (remove ovaries and uterus)
  • Neuter (remove both testicles)
  • Dental Cleaning; including surgical extractions
  • Declaws
  • Cryptorchid Neuter
  • Umbilicial and Inguinal Hernia Repair
  • Cystotomy (remove bladder stones)
  • Wound repair
  • Gastrotomy (stomach surgery)
  • Splenectomy (remove the spleen)
  • Growth/Tumor Removal
  • Liver biopsy & Liver Lobe Resection
  • Cruciate Repair: small dogs and cats only
  • Abdominal Exploratory Surgery
  • Enucleation (removal of the eye)
  • Fracture Repair
  • C-section
  • Amputations of toe, tail, and limb
  • Intestinal surgery
  • Esophagostomy Tube Placement
  • Gastropexy & GDV repair
  • Growth removal
  • Conjunctival flaps

Estimates will be created prior to all surgeries. All patients must have a recent examination by one of our veterinarians prior to surgery.


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We specialize in providing the best possible care regarding every aspect of your pet’s life. We strive to become a partner in your pet’s health to help them thrive through all stages of life.

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We specialize in providing the best possible care regarding every aspect of your pet’s life. We strive to become a partner in your pet’s health to help them thrive through all stages of life.

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Dental health is a very important part of your pet’s overall health, and dental problems can cause, or be caused by, other health problems.

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We offer convenient dog and cat boarding at an affordable price in a climate controlled environment. Our facilities accommodate any age or size dog or cat.

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Pamper your pet with an afternoon at our grooming salon for dogs and cats. Whether they need a bath and brush out or a full spa grooming with nail trim, haircut, ear cleaning and style, we pride ourselves with making this experience great for your pet.

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Laser Therapy

Cold laser therapy is a drug free, surgery free therapy option providing advanced pain relief for both dogs and cats. The laser treatment, done in our office, can relieve pain, reduce swelling and increase range of motion

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Pet Safety

We are dedicated to your pet’s safety. Our microchipping and spay and neuter services keeps your pet safe and healthy so they can enjoy a long, happy life.

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Food Delivery

Order your pet’s food products directly from the manufacturer. You never have to worry about receiving counterfeit or expired products. You pet’s food is 100% safe and it shipped right to your front door.

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