Port Salerno Animal Hospital knows that there are times when your pet may need surgery. We do most of our own surgeries; however, there are times when we call in a specialist. Some of the surgeries we do include:


     •Spay and neuter

     •Laceration and wound repair

     •Laser cat declaw


     •Foreign body removal

     •Soft tissue procedures

     •Tumor removal

     •Fracture repair

     •Toe and limb amputation

     •Abscess and hematoma surgery


Exceptional Preoperative & Postoperative Surgical Care for Pets


Port Salerno Animal Hospital is equpied with a state of the art in-house labratory where your pets pre-surgical blood work is preformed. Your pet will undergo full pre-anesthetic bloodwork before any procedure. This includes a CBC (Complete Blood Count), a pre-anesthetic blood chemistry analysis, and a coagulation profile test to ensure proper blood clotting during surgery. A veternarian performs a full exam before any procedure. The doctor or technician will explain the surgery and we will discuss why the surgery to be performed is important, risks, consequences of not doing surgery, and the cost. We explain the pros and cons of any decision and help you make the right choice for your situation.


Controlling Pain Before, During, and After Surgery


When your pet needs surgery, the team at PSAH make sure that he or she is comfortable with medication administered before, during, and after the procedure. Pain relief during any surgical procedure has a profound impact on how pets feel during recovery. It also significantly affects their attitude and activity once they return home.


Veterinary Surgeon Referral


If your animal develops a problem or injury requiring advanced care and procedures, your primary veterinarian may refer you to a veterinary surgeon.


A veterinary surgeon has undergone additional training after veterinary school in order to become a specialist. This training consists of a minimum of a 1-year internship followed by a 3-year residency program that meets guidelines established by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons (ACVS).


During the residency there are specific training and caseload requirements that must be met. In addition to these requirements, applicants must perform research that is published in a scientific journal and then pass a rigorous examination.


Specialists are called a "Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons" or a "board-certified surgeon."


All veterinarians may perform surgery as part of their veterinary practice. However, difficult cases may be best managed by a specialist. Board-certified surgeons work closely with the owner and the primary veterinarian before and after surgery in a team approach to ensure continuity of care for your animal.


Following surgery and any postoperative follow-up care, the primary veterinarian resumes ongoing care of the animal. Veterinary surgeons are dedicated to providing the very best in surgical care. They also act as a resource for your primary veterinarian by providing consultations on difficult or unusual cases. With their advanced training, these specialists offer expertise that ensures the best possible outcome for the animal and animal owner.