Veterinary Services

Surgical Services

Neel Veterinary Hospital has a simple goal: "To make your pet's life as long and pain free as possible." With this mission in mind, NVH has developed advanced surgery protocols that are difficult to find any where else. It is because of these protocols that surgical procedures cannot be compared to most other veterinary facilities in the area. At Neel Veterinary Hospital we understand your concern for your pet's well-being and care is taken to meet, and hopefully surpass, those expectations during all of our surgical procedures.
Selecting the right hospital for your pet's surgical needs can be very difficult. Here are some important topics you need to know about before your pet's operation:

Pain Management

Neel Veterinary Hospital provides three different modalities of pain control for every surgical procedure. It doesn't matter whether or not your pet is admitted for an elective procedure either. The same amount of care and concern about pain control is given to each and every surgery patient. While pets cannot talk to us and tell us where they hurt, studies have proven that adequate pain control decreases post-surgery healing time. At NVH, we want to ensure that your pet is well on the road to recovery when they are discharged from the hospital.
How will you manage my pet's pain? First, a pain injection is given to your pet before anesthesia. This allows the medication to block the pain receptors in the body before any incision is made. Secondly, your pet has pain medication added to their IV fluids during the procedure as well as during the recovery period. This is referred to as a CRI, or "constant rate of infusion". And third, pain medications are sent home with you. That way you can ensure that your pet is comfortable while they are recovering at home.

Pre-Surgical Blood Work Saves Lives

When was the last time you had a surgical procedure? How many pre-surgical tests did your doctor order for you? By ordering those tests, your doctor was keeping your best interests in mind. The doctors at Neel Veterinary Hospital have the same concerns for your pet and every effort is made to eliminate known risks.
Pre-surgical blood work can reveal hidden disease processes that could pose an anesthetic risk for your pet. What is important is that this procedure has been added to Neel Veterinary Hospital's surgery protocols for every surgery patient that is admitted into our hospital. Where else can you find this kind of commitment to your pet's health?

IV Catheter with Surgery

Let's face it, anesthetic procedures present a certain amount of risk to the patient. At Neel Veterinary Hospital, we want to eliminate as much risk as possible. Our surgery protocols provide for an IV (intravenous) catheter to be placed in every surgery patient. Not only does this allow for the administration of IV pain medications for your pet, but it also provides for the quick and efficient administration of emergency medications, should your pet ever need them during their procedure. More importantly, the IV catheter is used to administer fluids to your pet during the surgical procedure. These fluids help to maintain adequate blood pressure and perfusion to a patient's vital organs, such as the kidneys. Without IV fluids during surgery, your pet's organs could be at risk.


There are many ways that anesthesia can be administered and maintained during a surgical procedure. And while many people may think that anesthesia is the same every where, this simply is not the case. At Neel Veterinary Hospital, care is taken to ensure that your pet's surgical procedure is a success. Good anesthetic protocols are the foundation of any successful surgery.
Every patient at Neel Veterinary Hospital is given an IV anesthetic and intubated with an endotracheal tube. This ensures that an adequate and sealed airway is maintained throughout the surgery. Anesthesia is then maintained on a gas anesthetic machine. The anesthetic machine delivers measured amounts of gas anesthesia and oxygen to the patient. NVH uses two gas anesthetics which are successfully administered to human patients every day. These anesthetics are isoflourane and sevoflourane. No expense is spared on anesthetics at Neel Veterinary Hospital.

Laser Surgery

Neel Veterinary Hospital uses advanced technology in the surgery room. This includes technological advances in how surgery itself is performed. For over 10 years, the doctors at NVH have incorporated the CO2 laser into all of their procedures. This desire to provide advanced surgical care for their patients is well ahead of most facilities.
What does laser surgery mean to my pet? The use of the CO2 laser has been proven to reduce post-operative pain and healing time for your pet. It also helps reduce the amount of blood lost during the surgical procedure as well. Not only does your pet benefit from these advantages of the laser, but procedures, such as the declawing of cats, is now much more sophisticated and humane.

Surgical Monitoring

Care is taken to monitor your pet's health and well-being during every anesthetic procedure. Not only are there trained doctors and support staff present at all times, but specialized medical equipment monitors each patient's heart function, blood pressure, and oxygenation as well. Where else but at Neel Veterinary Hospital can you find such exacting care taken in the surgery suite?

Post-Operative Recovery

Care is taken to make sure that your pet has an uneventful recovery from anesthesia. Hypothermia is a big concern for any post-surgery patient. A warm surgery table is used during the procedure and warmed cages are available for recovery as well. Oxygenated cages are on hand if they are needed.
Neel Veterinary Hospital also strives to discharge their surgery patients as soon as possible. Everyone knows that recovery is best achieved at home. However, if your pet needs to stay at Neel Veterinary Hospital after their surgery, you can rest assured that your pet will not be left alone in a dark building at night. Our hospital is staffed with doctors and technicians 24 hours each day.

Surgical Procedures

Neel Veterinary Hospital's surgical capabilities are not limited to spays and neuters. The doctors at Neel Veterinary Hospital can perform emergency surgeries such as required by many c-sections as well as bloat. There are many other surgeries performed by our doctors at NVH such as most elective soft-tissue surgical procedures, many orthopedic procedures, as well as some specialty-type surgeries such as the correction of an elongated soft palate or anal gland removal. Whatever your pet's surgical needs are, Neel Veterinary Hospital's veterinarians can help you understand the surgery, its benefits, as well as its associated risks. And if necessary, the doctors can provide a referral for your pet to a specialist. Your pet's health is our priority, and our goal is to help your pet to live a long and healthy life, as pain free as possible.