At University Animal Hospital we offer surgery Monday through Friday, by appointment.
Note: If your pet is over the age of 5 years at the time of a surgical procedure we will need to perform a pre-surgical blood test and EKG, we will also place a catheter and run fluids during the surgery. The blood tests and EKG will check vital organ function and give us an idea of how your pet will handle anesthesia, the IV fluids will keep your pet hydrated and keep their blood pressure up while under, it will also act as a direct line in the event of an emergency. These procedures are highly recommended whenever a pet goes under anesthesia, but do not require it for animals under the age of 5. The additional cost for these procedures is $146.00.
Surgeries regularly performed at University Animal Hospital include:
This procedure is done under anesthesia; you will drop off the morning of surgery and pick up that afternoon or evening. Your pet will be electronically monitored before, during and after surgery by trained surgical technicians. Your pet will receive a pre-surgical pain medication that will last throughout the day.
The total for a basic cat spay is $264.35, with IV fluids and blood panel $410.35
The total for a basic dog spay (under 60 lbs) is $302.90, with IV fluids and blood panel $448.90
The total for a basic dog spay (over 60 lbs) is $333.50, with IV fluids and blood panel $479.50
There will be additional costs if your pet is in heat or pregnant at the time of surgery or if additional pain medication is required at home.
The total for a basic cat neuter is $181.50, with IV fluids and blood panel $327.50
The total for a basic dog neuter is $237.50, with IV fluids and blood panel $383.50
There will be additional costs if additional pain medication is required at home.
Cosmetic procedures such as ear cropping, tail docking and dewclaw removal are only done to certain breeds and must be performed at a specific age.
Ear cropping is performed between the ages of 10 and 12 weeks. You will drop off in the morning and pick up in the afternoon or evening. During the drop off you will consult with the doctor regarding the procedure, feel free to bring in pictures of what you would like the crop to look like.
A typical ear crop includes electronic monitoring before, during and after the surgery, the surgery performed by laser
under anesthesia, pain medication and antibiotics at the time of surgery as well as to take home and post surgical rechecks at 7 and 14 days.
This procedure requires a lot of follow through on the owner’s part to ensure the crop is successful, do not hesitate to call with questions or come in for a nurse to examine the crop if you have concerns. The rechecks done at 7 and 14 days after surgery are included in the surgery price, however additional re-coning and re-taping may be required at the owner’s expense.
The total for a basic ear crop is $713.40, with IV fluids and blood panel $859.40
These procedures are not done on all pets. Tail docking is done only on certain breeds and not all puppies are born with dew claws. Tail docking and dew claw removal must be done to puppies between the ages of 3 to 5 days old. This procedure is not performed under anesthesia. The incision is typically closed with glue or dissolvable suture, so follow up is only required if there are complications.
If your pet is older than 5 days, you will have to wait until they are old enough go under anesthesia to have this procedure done (usually this is no earlier than 4 months of age). At that time this procedure will be considered a full surgery. Please call for pricing information on these procedures.
Declawing a cat involves the removal of the first bone of every toe. The joint is separated and the skin closed over the remaining toe. This is a delicate procedure and our doctors prefer to perform this surgery with a laser
. Your cat will be kept in the hospital for 2 days post surgery in order to ensure the incisions are healing correctly. Your cat will also receive pain medication and antibiotics during surgery as well as to continue at home.
The total cost for a basic declaw is $437.85, with IV fluids and blood panel $583.85
Doctors Jim Flegenheimer
and Bob Koch
both posses a special interest in orthopedic medicine and perform various types of repairs regularly. An orthopedic surgery can involve anything from repairing broken bones to the reconstruction of a joint. The doctor must be consulted regarding the nature the problem in order to establish what surgery is necessary and the cost.
There is also the possibility that your doctor may refer you to a specialist for the repair. This is done when medical situations are more complicated and the doctor does not feel comfortable proceeding. It is important to remember that a referral to a specialist is always done in your pet’s best interest and that University Animal Hospital will always be there for your pet’s post surgical care.
The nature of a growth effects how it is treated. Benign growths such as fatty tumors and skin tags are often removed for cosmetic reasons, or if they bother the pet. Other growths are removed and tested to better understand their composition and any implications they might have for your pet’s overall health. Because growths can vary so much, an accurate surgical estimate must be provided by the doctor. The level of anesthesia, use of laser, laboratory tests and post operative medication are all variables the doctor must consider.
This procedure is most often performed on puppies that have developed a condition known as entropion, in which the eye lid rolls into the eye, causing irritation and damage to the eye. Eye tacking can be done without anesthesia in puppies and may repeated as needed until the puppy is old enough to go under anesthesia and have a permanent repair performed. Your doctor will inform you of the best course of action if you have a puppy with entropion.
There are some circumstances in which surgery cannot wait. While these situations can be scary for an owner, you can trust University Animal Hospital to perform at their best. Emergency situations that may result is surgery include: gastrointestinal problems such as bloat
and foreign body blockages, trouble during labor, inability to urinate
, and open/bleeding wounds. If you believe your pet is having an emergency please call 480-968-9275.
Note: If your pet is over the age of 5 years at the time of a surgical procedure we will need to perform a pre-surgical blood test and EKG, we will also place a catheter and run fluids during the surgery. The blood tests and EKG will check vital organ function and give us an idea of how your pet will handle anesthesia, the IV fluids will keep your pet hydrated and keep their blood pressure up while under, it will also act as a direct line in the event of an emergency. We recommend these procedures whenever a pet goes under anesthesia, but do not require it for animals under the age of 5. The additional cost for these procedures is $146.00.
We understand that pets can be difficult for certain procedures, so if you would like to add on an ear cleaning or nail trim while your pet is asleep we would be happy to accommodate. If you would like to have any secondary procedures performed such as hip x-rays, a dental cleaning, or growth removal (procedures that must be done under anesthesia anyway) please inform your doctor and we may be able to add that procedure to your pet’s surgery.