Surgical Procedures

From routine to advanced surgical procedures, our practice offers safe and effective options using state-of-the-art equipment and best practices.

At Wilmington Animal Healthcare Veterinary Hospital, we understand that you are probably nervous about submitting your pet to any type of surgical procedure.

Our compassionate and caring professionals monitor your pet before, during, and after surgery and take exceptional care to ensure your pet's safety and complete recovery.

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State-of-the-art surgical procedures that are safe and effective.


Spaying (ovariohysterectomy) is a procedure that involves the removal of a female dog's ovaries and uterus. This surgery can be performed at any age, but ideally is done around 6 months of age, prior to a dog's first heat cycle. There is NO medical evidence to suggest that female dogs benefit from having a heat cycle or a litter of puppies prior to being spayed. Having your dog spayed at a young age can lead to several health benefits.


Neutering (orchiectomy) is the process of surgically removing the testicles and spermatic cord of a male dog. Neutering can be performed at any age, but is done ideally around 6 months of age. Neutering can provide you and your dog with several health benefits.


Cryosurgery utilizes a device for delivery of liquified nitrous oxide, which allows our doctors to pinpoint the treatment site for rapid freezing and effective destruction of unwanted tissue, without damaging the surrounding tissues. This treatment is appropriate for a variety of dermatologic applications, has a high success rate, and does not require anesthesia.


Your pet’s surgery and anesthesia care are important. A broad range of surgeries are performed here weekly. We focus on individualized anesthetic and pain management protocols. To maximize the safety of your pet’s anesthesia and surgery we prescribe to and exceed the standard of care. All cases of general anesthesia have an IV catheter and fluid therapy to maintain blood pressure and kidney function.

Dental Surgery

Family pets need regular dental checkups to ensure good oral health. But even with good oral hygiene and regular cleanings, your pet may require a dental extraction as they age. If your pet needs dental surgery or dental cleaning, we administer anesthesia to allow for comprehensive access to the teeth, gums, and oral tissues. Anesthesia makes it possible to perform dental procedures with less stress and pain for your pet.

Mass Removal

Although masses are most common in older pets, all tumorous growths should be evaluated by one of our skilled professionals. Your pet’s doctor will utilize key diagnostic processes to identify the cause of the mass and explain the possible treatment options with you. Pet mass removals are usually performed under general anesthesia, allowing us to remove the entire area in question effectively and painlessly.

Soft Tissue Surgery

Our veterinarians are experienced in various soft tissue pet surgeries, the most routinely performed procedures being spay/neuters and mass/tumor removals. Other examples of veterinary soft tissue surgeries include intestinal foreign body removal, laceration and wound repair, eye surgery, specialized surgeries, perineal urethrostomy, mastectomy, and splenectomy.

Orthopedic Surgery

We routinely perform orthopedic surgeries, which are procedures related to bones and joints. Common orthopedic pet surgeries include bone fracture repair, cruciate ligament repair, extracapsular and TPLO techniques, leg or toe amputation, patellar luxation repair, and surgeries to treat hip dysplasia, including femoral head ostectomy (FHO).

Laser Surgery

Many of our procedures are done utilizing our surgical laser. The laser minimizes bleeding, pain, and infection. To further support our goal for exceptional pet care, we have an on-site technician living at our facility who provides continued care for our hospitalized patients after we close each day. All surgical procedures are done under the safest conditions, monitored by EKGs, pulse oximeters, cardiac monitors, and supported by intravenous fluid therapy.