Does your pet need surgery?

At Ceres Veterinary Clinic, we recognize that regardless of whether it’s a routine procedure, such as a spay or neuter, or something more complex, bringing your loved one in for surgery can be a nerve wracking experience. You want to be sure that your cherished pet will be in good hands and will receive the best possible care. At Ceres, surgery is something we take very seriously. You can rest assured that when you bring your companion to us for surgery, he or she will be in caring, capable hands.

Our doctors are experienced at performing an extensive list of pet surgeries, using the most up to date techniques and equipment and always adhering to the strictest standards of safety and care. We pay extra close attention to safety precautions, such as the anesthetic products and monitoring equipment we use, because we want to do everything within our power to keep your pet as safe and comfortable as possible at all times while in our care.

Prior to surgery, your pet will be carefully examined and thoroughly tested to ensure that he or she is well enough to proceed.  We recommend preanesthetic bloodwork for all our patients.  Depending on each animals health situation, we may also recommend radiographs, electrocardiogram or other diagnostic tests before proceeding with surgery.  These tests can help us to identify the level of risk your pet may have so that we can proactively manage that risk in the most effective way possible. This is especially important if your pet is older or suffers from an existing medical condition. We want to be sure that he or she is never placed in any unnecessary danger.

Once your pet has been cleared for surgery, the next step is developing a customized plan to help manage your pet’s pain before, during and after the procedure. Every pet is different, which is why we tailor our pain control to meet your companion’s specific needs and account for their individual risk factors. The goal is to keep your pet comfortable, while also ensuring their well being at all times. Personalized pain management helps us do just that.

When surgery has begun, our veterinarian and care team will work diligently to complete the operation as efficiently as possible. Our highly trained veterinary technicians will remain on hand to assist with surgery as needed, and to closely monitor your pet’s vital signs, including heart rate, blood pressure and oxygen level, ensuring that everything stays right where it should be throughout the procedure.

Following surgery, we’ll gently move your companion to our warm, comfortable recovery area where we will continue to monitor them closely as they begin to awake from sedation. A member of our team will reach out to you via phone to discuss how the surgery went, let you know how your pet is doing and arrange a time for pick up. In most cases, surgical patients are able to be picked up the same day as surgery. We’ll advise you on what we think would be best in your specific situation.

When you arrive to pick up your pet, we’ll take some time to go over our post-surgical care instructions, which may also include an appropriate pain management plan to help your pet recover comfortably at home. Should any questions or concerns arise once you’ve returned home with your pet, please do not hesitate to call us. We want to help!

Some of the surgical procedures performed in our hospital include:

  • Spays/Neuters
  • Hernia Repairs
  • Laceration/Wound Repair
  • Mass Removals
  • C-Sections/Pregnancy Evaluation
  • Abdominal Surgery
  • Routine General Surgery

If you recently found out your pet needs surgery, there’s no need to worry. Especially when you’ve got the caring, capable team at Ceres Veterinary Clinic on your side! We’ll have your four-legged friend fixed up and on the road to a full and speedy recovery before you know it!

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    • Geoff KentGeoff Kent

      Everyone treats my pets like old friends, there's no surprises or hidden fees, every treatment plan is catered to my pets needs. The staff and doctors are smart and personable. The doctors actually research the newest things and even diets for my pets.

    • Terry L. EvansTerry L. Evans

      The staff is very friendly and helpful. They are all so kind and care about their customers, both 2 and four legged ones! Lol! Dr Judge is always very patient and thorough with the animals. We drive from Oakdale to see Dr Judge in Ceres. It's an hour round trip to come to the Ceres Veterinary Group. Not to mention the wait time and then office visit. They are worth it. Sadie and Bear say thank you for helping take such good care of them.

    • Mj M.Mj M.

      Ceres Veterinary clinic is a classy, well run place with a wonderful team of staff and Veterinarians. They work well together, are up to date on new drug...

    • Collins-Juarez DeborahCollins-Juarez Deborah

      We took our Nemo to Ceres Vet with a friends recommendation . So glad we made that choice. Very courteous and friendly not to mention how informational Dr Bettencourt was to us!

    • Bennie BacaBennie Baca

      Great Vets, great techs and front desk staff

    • Sheila ElizabethSheila Elizabeth

      Dr. Bettencourt and his staff are the best. I would never consider taking any of my furry family members any place else. From toe nail clippings to major surgeries, etc. you will not find a more compassionate and caring staff.

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    • Mila B.Mila B.

      Amazing! The staff is always so welcoming and friendly from the moment you walk into the office to the moment you leave. This veterinary clinic is unlike...