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General & Advanced Surgery

Many pet owners experience stress or anxiety at the prospect of having their beloved dog or cat undergo a surgical procedure, but at 5280 Veterinary Care these feelings can be alleviated thanks to our excellent surgical team. We take every safety measure and precaution to ensure that all surgeries are performed with immaculate attention to detail and high regard for our patient’s comfort. We are equipped to provide both general and advanced surgeries with the same level of accuracy and success. Here is an overview of our surgical process:

  • Prior to any surgery we perform a physical examination, complete with pre-anesthetic bloodwork, to check your pet is healthy enough for both the procedure and anesthesia.
  • During the surgery, we always monitor the patient continuously while under the effects of anesthesia and administer pain relief accordingly
  • Post surgery, we will continue to monitor the patient’s pain level so they can wake up as comfortably as possible

Below are explanations of some of the most common surgeries we perform at 5280 Veterinary Care:

Soft Tissue Surgery

This term describes any surgery that is unrelated to the joints or bones. For example, spay/neuter procedure, trauma and laceration repair, mass removal, hernia repair, and bladder stone removal are all soft tissue surgeries.

Surgical Oncology

This term refers to any surgery that is a part of a cancer treatment plan. These surgeries typically aim to remove or stop the spread of cancer throughout the body, and/or improve the animal’s overall quality of life. Cancer treatments usually involve several strategic components, including surgical oncology.

Mass Removal

This type of surgery is typically performed to eliminate a cancerous or benign tumor, cyst, or hernia. It is sometimes important to remove even benign tumors because there is still a chance they could become cancerous over time. Benign tumors may also negatively affect surrounding tissues by pressing on them. Completely removing the mass is typically the safest route of action to pursue, but our doctors will make this determination based on your pet’s unique situation. 

Gastrointestinal Procedures

The goals of these procedures are related to the digestive system. Acid reflux, colon cancer, gallstones, and hernias are all examples of gastrointestinal procedures.

Splenectomy Surgery

This surgery completely removes the spleen. It is not typically the first course of action, but for some patients, it is the best option.

Foreign Body Removal

This procedure is in response to when a pet ingests an object which cannot be safely passed through their body. It is important to call us if you ever suspect that your pet has eaten a foreign body because it could be a serious or even life-threatening issue.


This procedure is performed on pregnant animals to reduce fetal stress. They may be necessary depending on factors such as size, shape, pelvic size, of the mother and her offspring, as well as timing.