Surgical Services

QVAH offers a wide variety of soft tissue surgical services. We do not perform orthopedic surgery but can refer you to a local boarded surgeon if necessary.

Most common:

-Neutering (spaying or ovariohysterectomy in females, and castration in males)
-Lumpectomy (surgical removal of a mass/neoplasia)
-Laceration/bite wound repair
-Abdominal exploratory (to remove intestinal foreign bodies, take tissue biopsies, remove masses, etc.)
-Cystotomy (to remove bladder stones or biopsy a bladder mass)
-Gastropexy (a prophylactic procedure in large deep chested dogs to prevent GDV {gastric dilatation & volvulus}) This can done at time of spay in females
-“Cherry eye” (prolapsed gland of the third eyelid) repair
-Declaws (front only)
-Feeding tube placement (esophagostomy)
-Limb or digit amputation (most commonly for tumor removal)


Our patients are maintained on IV fluids while under anesthesia. They have a dedicated surgical nurse monitoring and adjusting their plane of anesthesia as necessary. We use ECG to monitor their heart rate and rhythm as well as pulse oximetry to monitor their oxygenation. Warm air blankets are used as needed to maintain their body temperature.

Prior to anesthesia, we perform blood work to assess liver and kidney function as well as make sure there is no evidence of anemia or problems with the body’s ability to clot. In cats, we also like to check blood pressure (to evaluate for systemic hypertension). We also try to assess cardiac function with a brief ultrasound of the heart prior to anesthesia.

We have a doctor and a highly skilled technician on call until 9 PM, seven days a week. If you leave a message on our answering machine, you will receive a call within one hour during the week, and two hours on the weekends. If your pet is experiencing a medical problem that cannot wait, or if it is after 9 PM, we recommend The University of Pennsylvania at 215-898-4680

Location Hours
Monday8:00am – 6:00pm
Tuesday9:00am – 7:00pm
Wednesday9:00am – 6:00pm
Thursday8:00am – 7:00pm
Friday9:00am – 6:00pm
Saturday9:00am – 2:00pm
Sunday10:00am – 2:00pm