Surgical Services


img-surgery-cartoon-sLake Animal Hospital offers high-quality surgical services to our patients and clients.
At our facility, we have the capability to perform a wide range of soft tissue and orthopedic procedures. Our veterinary staff is dedicated to providing the highest level of safety and care before, during, and after your pet’s surgical procedure.


Surgical Safety

Prior to surgery, we will perform a complete physical exam of the animal, we also offer a full range of pre-anesthetic blood work options to ensure your pet is healthy enough for surgery. All of our patients receiving general anesthesia receive an intravenous catheter that permits the safe injection of anesthetic drugs.

During the surgery, your pet will receive IV fluids to ensure proper blood pressure and hydration. To maintain adequate breathing during the procedure, an endotracheal tube is used to deliver oxygen and anesthetic gases directly to the lungs. A certified veterinary technician will monitor your pet during the surgery. The technician uses monitoring equipment that measure blood pressure, heart rate, and oxygenation. Your pet will be kept warm throughout the procedure and recovery with hot air blankets and warm water pads to prevent hypothermia.


Pain Management

Controlling pain in your pet is an important part of our mission at Lake Animal Hospital. Animals have similar neurological pathways and experience pain in much the same way that people do. At Lake Animal Hospital we utilize a multimodal approach to manage pain in our surgical patients. We try to preempt their pain by giving all animals an injection of an opiate such as morphine, prior to their anesthetic induction. Local and regional anesthetics are used whenever possible to block the neurologic pathways of pain. Finally, injectable non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) are given after the procedure to control swelling and inflammation. Additional postoperative opiates are used if indicated. Surgical patients are discharged with either oral opiates, NSAIDS, or a combination of both to ensure comfort at home


Minimize Hospital Stays

Hospitalization is stressful for both pets and their owners. At Lake Animal Hospital we are dedicated to minimizing the hospital stays for our surgery patients. We believe that pets recuperate from surgery better at home where they are more comfortable and less stressed. Over 90% of our surgery patients go home the same day.


Soft Tissue Surgical Procedures

  • Spay
  • Neuter
  • Feline Declaw (Front Paws only for Indoor Cats)
  • Canine Dew-Claw Removal
  • Laceration & Wound Repair
  • Mass and tumor removals
  • Ear hematomas
  • C-Sections and difficult births
  • Cystotomy & Bladder Procedures
  • Abdominal Foreign Bodies Surgery
  • Oral surgery

Orthopedic Surgical Services

We offer a full range of in-house orthopedic surgeries though our relationship with Animal Emergency and Referral Center of Minnesota. Our orthopedic surgical procedures are performed by a board-certified Surgeons Dr. Nate Rose and Dr. Brian Rose of Minnesota Mobile Surgery.

  • Cruciate ligament tear repairs by TPLO, TTA, and Extra-Capsular
  • Luxating Patella Stabilization
  • Hip and Elbow Dysplasia Management
  • Fracture Repairs

At Lake Animal Hospital surgeries are scheduled and performed Monday through Friday. Drop-off time is between 8 and 9 a.m. in the morning. If your pet is showing any signs of illness or if pre-anesthetic blood work reveals a problem, we will reschedule or re-evaluate your pet’s surgical plan for their safety.


We make your pet’s surgery as comfortable for them and as worry-free for you as possible.


Contact us today to talk with our experienced team about how we can help with your pet’s needs! (651) 426-1381




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