Reminder for surgery patients: On procedure day, drop off your pet between 7 and 8 AM after an overnight fast. Procedures are done in middle of the day and your pet will typically go home the same day.

Your pet's visit ...

Moorpark Veterinary Hospital provides the highest standard of pet health care. The doctors and entire team at Moorpark Veterinary Hospital believe in taking all possible precautions to help ensure your pet's safety. Your pet is supervised during its entire visit by a Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT). Its RVT will give it a premedication soon after arrival to help it relax and get ready for the procedure. After the procedure, you will be contacted with an update on your pet and advised what time it will be ready to be discharged from the hospital.

IV Fluids

Once your pet is relaxed, it will have an IV catheter placed into a vein in its leg. You will notice a small patch of fur shaved when it goes home. This is so it can be on IV fluids during the procedure to help keep blood pressure stable. When the doctor is ready for your pet's procedure, the RVT will induce the anesthesia process with an IV injection and place a breathing tube.

Advanced Anesthesia Monitoring

The RVT continues to monitor your pet during the anesthesia and surgery process with advanced monitoring equipment that monitors vitals, such as heart rate, blood pressure, EKG, and oxygen levels.

Pain Management

We provide your pet with pain relief medication before, during, and after the procedure. To help recovery be as comfortable as possible, your pet will be sent home with medication.

Spays & Neuters

Altering your pet decreases the risk of certain diseases, including cancer and life-threatening infections. Pets that have been spayed or neutered live an average of two years longer than those that haven't.

We typically advise that surgery be done between five to seven months of age. However, the best age for your pet depends on breed and lifestyle. We will discuss these options with you in a consultation.

Spaying or neutering may be the only surgery your pet ever has, and we do everything possible to make it pain free by using only the highest quality anesthesia, pain control, nursing care, and dissolvable stitches.

Advanced Surgeries

Biopsies are pieces of tissue that are surgically removed in order to get more information about your pet's condition. Biopsies can be taken of the skin, a growth, or an internal organ such as the liver or intestines. Growth removals may need to be performed if your pet has a growth that is cancerous, rapidly growing, or causing it discomfort. Gastropexy is a potentially life-saving procedure where the stomach is permanently attached to the body wall to help prevent bloat in deep chested breeds such as the Great Dane, German Shepherd, St. Bernard, Labrador Retriever, Irish Wolfhound, Great Pyrenees, Boxer, Weimaraner, Old English Sheepdog, Irish Setter, Collie, Bloodhound, Standard Poodle, Chinese Shar-Pei,  Basset Hound and Dachshund. If you are interested in this elective procedure, you pet's doctor can determine if it is a candidate. Gastrotomy (stomach) or enterotomy (intestine) are surgeries done to remove foreign material from inside the stomach or intestines. This is a major procedure, and often a patient will need to be transferred to the emergency clinic for overnight monitoring after surgery. Splenectomy is the removal of the spleen. The spleen is an important organ in the abdomen, but your pet can live without it. Sometimes the spleen needs to be removed if it has been damaged from a trauma or is involved with cancer. This is a major procedure, and often a patient will need to be transferred to the emergency clinic for overnight monitoring after surgery. Cesarean section is the same procedure as a c-section for humans. If a pregnant pet is having a difficult time giving birth, an emergency c-section can be done to help save both mother and the babies. Cystotomy is a bladder surgery where the bladder is accessed through an abdominal incision, similar to when a pet is spayed. This procedure is done to remove bladder stones.