Pet Surgery

“My Savannah is only alive because of Dr. Phillips. When you rescue older pets, you don’t know their medical history. But the Dr. takes the time and is so knowledgeable, he figures out through only necessary tests what is the issue. I can’t say enough about his staff…AMAZING! Caring and knowledgeable. Do yourself a favor put your mind at ease, only go to Dr. Phillips Animal Hospital” – Yelp Review by G’s Q

When your pet needs surgery the procedure can be as scary for you as it is for them. That’s why our team at Dr. Phillips Animal Hospital will be by your side and keep you informed, every step of the way. Our vet is a skilled surgeon that has served the Orlando community for over 8 years and takes your pet’s life and putting your trust in us seriously.

Using the latest cutting edge technology, advanced equipment, innovative pain management techniques and surgical procedures, your pet is in good hands at Dr. Phillips. Choose a vet that will treat your pet as if it was their own, and give them the the love and care they need and deserve.

Types of Surgery

Dr. Phillips performs a range of surgical procedures on pets ranging from spay and neuter to emergency, orthopedic, and dental.

Some of the surgeries we perform include:

  • Cardiological
  • Caesarean
  • Declaw
  • Dental
  • Emergency Operations
  • Eye
  • Foreign Object Removal
  • Heartworm removal
  • Orthopedic
  • Remove Bladder Stones (Cystotomy)
  • Spay & Neuter
  • Tumor Removal
  • Wound Repair

Symptoms of Concern

If you pet is in distress or pain, we are here to help! At Dr. Phillips Animal Hospital, we treat a number of situations whether with surgery or treatment.

Please contact us if your pet is experiencing any of the following:

  • Seizures
  • Diarrhea or vomiting
  • Bloating
  • Suddenly complications caused by diabetes, heart disease, or kidney disease
  • Injuries from motor vehicles
  • Cat urinary obstructions

If your pet is exhibiting any of the above symptoms, please contact us immediately as they may require emergency care.

Before Surgery

At Dr. Phillips, we pride ourselves on ensuring your pet has a comfortable and safe stay with us and while under our care. With the exception of life threatening emergencies, your pet will need a pre-surgery appointment to go over medical history and health assessment. Complications with surgery is a concern for any pet owner, which is why we are happy to answer any questions or concerns you have during this exam.

Pre-Surgery Appointment

To ensure your pet’s safety, before any surgery is carried out, your pet will need an initial appointment and check-up with our vet. This pre-operative assessment allows us to ensure your pet is given the appropriate treatment they need, are healthy enough for the surgery, and no other medical conditions will complicate the surgery or put your pet at risk.

During this appointment we will:

  • Go over your pet’s medical history
  • Conduct a physical examination
  • Go over blood work and advise if further testing is needed
  • Perform diagnostic tests such as X-Rays, CT Scans, Ultrasounds, or Biopsies (only if necessary)

At Dr. Phillips Animal Hospital, we want to ensure your pet receives the right treatment the first time, everytime, and ensure the surgery is as safe and complication free as possible. Following this appointment, we will discuss options and schedule the surgery. Rarely if ever do we perform surgeries the same day as assessment.

What To Bring to Your Pet’s Operation

If you haven’t sent the following information to our office prior to your appointment, please bring:

  • Pet’s medical history
  • Previous diagnostic images (X-rays, MR, CT Scans, Ultrasound, MRI)
  • Any questions or concerns you have about the surgery
  • Additional information about your pets such as behaviours or symptoms you have noticed leading up to the appointment

Please leave toys or blankets in the car or at home. We understand you want your pet to feel comfortable, but these items can get lost or dirty at our hospital. Please save them for the recovery process.

Preparing For Your Pet’s Surgery

We request that owners:

  • Withhold food 12 hours before surgery
  • Limit stress and exertion for your pet the morning of their surgery

Our team will inform you of any specific requirements for your pet during their pre-surgery appointment.

Pre-Surgical Exam

Before surgery, our team will conduct a pre-surgical exam to make sure your pet is safe to operate on. During a pre-surgical exam, our team checks your pet is:

  • Hydrated
  • Not in heat
  • At a safe blood pressure
  • At a safe respiratory rate
  • Safe and comfortable body temperature
  • Not suffering from heart murmur
  • Not suffering a fever
  • Not fighting infection

How Long Will my Pet’s Surgery Take?

Depending on the surgery, some surgerys can take anywhere from an hour up to four. Length of surgery depends on a number of factors such as the severity of the situation and complexity of the operations. Generally, the more severe or complicated the surgery, the more likely your pet will need to stay the whole day or overnight.

Our vet will discuss with you how long your pet’s surgery will take and when you will be able to pick them up. Your pet’s life and safety is our #1 priority, so in the absence of a life threatening situation, we will strive to get your pet home to you as soon as possible.

If you are going to spay or neuter your dog or cat, pets dropped off by 8:30am will be ready to go home by 5pm.

Risks Factors For Anesthesia

There are five factors that can put your pet at risk when being given anesthesia:

  1. Age
  2. Weight
  3. Breed
  4. Cats or small dogs
  5. Prior medication conditions

Our vet and team are happy to answer any of your concerns regarding your pet and anesthesia. Learn more about these factors from our friends at PetMD.


Most surgeries will require your pet to get stitches. Skin stitches will need to be removed 10 to 14 days after surgery, whereas absorbable stitches will dissolve all on their own. To prevent your pet from chewing, licking, or biting their stitches off, your pet may be required to wear a pet cone.

Recovery & Post Surgery

Certain surgeries will require your pet to stay overnight for our team to keep on an eye on their condition and track their recovery process. When your pet is sent home with you, we will provide detailed instructions along with prescribed antibiotics or pain medication to help in your pet’s recovery process. Your pet may be required to come in for a check-up appointment after a certain length of time following the surgery.

Your Pet Is Safe With Dr. Phillips Animal Hospital

As pet owners ourselves, we know how scary it can be to have you pet undergo surgery. With so much concern and worry, it’s important to pick an animal hospital and vet you can put your trust in.

For over 8 years, the Orlando community has put their trust and pets lives with Dr. Phillips Animal Hospital. Your pet’s safety, health, and comfort is our top priority, not just during surgery but before and after. Pick a vet that will give you answers and peace of mind in knowing, your loved one is with someone who loves them just as much as you do.

Contact us today at (407) 352-2579 to bring your pet in or discuss any questions you have about surgery for your pet.