Veterinary Surgical Care

Veterinary Surgical Care Your pet's safety and comfort are the highest priorities during all surgical procedures performed at Burlington Veterinary Hospital. Whether your pet needs a routine spay or neuter procedure or requires a more complex soft-tissue surgical procedure, we can help. For more complex orthopedic surgical cases, we may use a board-certified veterinary surgeon at our facility or refer you to another surgeon.

Your Pet's Surgery

We are trained, skilled and experienced veterinary surgeons. We approach this important aspect of our profession with a deep sense of compassion for all animals.

We understand that the decision to allow your beloved companion to undergo surgery is never an easy one. We ensure your pet's procedure is as comfortable and stress free as possible. The most important pre-surgical step we take is to discuss with you why we believe a particular procedure is necessary and what it entails. We also provide information on proper postoperative care and answer any questions you may have so that you feel comfortable knowing you are making the right choice for your pet.

We believe it is in the best interests of your pet for us to offer as wide an array of surgical services as possible from our hospital. It is important for you and your pet to receive care in a friendly and welcoming facility from people you know in order to reduce stress and promote healing.

Our surgical procedures include but are not limited to:

  • Spays and neuters
  • Tumor excision
  • Bladder stone removal
  • GI obstruction correction
  • Perivulvar fold correction
  • Lip fold correction
  • Elongated palate correction
  • "Cherry eye" correction
  • Entropion and ectropion eyelid correction
  • Plastic surgery for skin flaw corrections
  • Flap graft transposition

Ellman radiocautery unit

Radiocautery is advanced radiowave technology that offers the surgeon enhanced control and precision, as well as versatility and safety during the procedure. This is also a nearly bloodless procedure. Clinical benefits include reduced post-operative discomfort, minimal scar tissue formation, maximum readability of histologic specimen, enhanced healing and excellent cosmetic results.

We perform radiocautery surgery for removing skin tags, cysts, and benign tumors, sometimes without cutting into the skin.


Veterinary Surgical Care We use Sevoflurane gas exclusively, which enters and leaves the bloodstream the fastest.

Anesthesia protocol is decided on at the time of surgery based on individual patient needs. The health of your pet during surgery is of the utmost importance to us and requires an anesthetic and monitoring regimen that adheres to the highest principles and ideals of veterinary medicine.

At Burlington Veterinary Hospital, your pet has access to state-of-the-art anesthetic administration, cardiovascular monitoring equipment and protocols by our skilled professionals.

Prior to surgery, your pet will be examined and a pre-surgical blood screen is performed. The results of these tests and your pets past anesthetic history, breed, preexisting conditions, and age are used to create an individualized anesthesia protocol for your pet.

While under anesthesia your pet will be cared for by a well-trained and experienced veterinary technician using our monitoring system, which tracks blood pressure, heart rate, respiratory rate, body temperature, and oxygen level.

Pain Management

Pain control is a priority for us before, during and after surgery. We know this is important for you, too.

Pain hurts, but pain also has detrimental effects on the body. Pain slows healing, decreases activity, causes behavior changes (such as aggression, anxiety, and depression). Pain worsens diseases like arthritis and potentially some cancers. It interferes with the bond between you and your pet.

For acute and chronic conditions, we use a variety of protocols – including physical therapy – and can refer for complementary therapies, including acupuncture and chiropractic.

Comprehensive Postoperative Care For Your Pet

As your pet is being discharged from the hospital, we provide you with detailed information on how to properly care for your pet at home after surgery. We are also happy to answer any questions or concerns that may arise once you get your pet home.


We consult with one of the pre-eminent oncology practices in the eastern US and involve them in virtually every oncology case. We closely follow their recommendations troughout the treatment plan.