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General and Orthopedic Pet Surgery Services

General and Orthopedic Pet Surgery Services

Your pet deserves to have access to surgical services that can best meet their needs. At Animal Care Center of Downers Grove, our doctors are skilled in performing many different surgeries, from more general procedures to orthopedics. Additionally, our hospital can provide these services for dogs, cats, and many exotic species.

As with human surgery, pet surgery has its risks, but we go to great lengths to minimize those risks. If you have concerns about your pet's health and whether surgery is the best option, please consult with one of our veterinarians. Our hospital uses a dedicated surgical suite with the most up-to-date equipment to ensure maximum comfort and safety for every patient.

Preparation and Safety

We carefully follow strict safety protocols to keep pets as healthy and pain-free as possible before, during and after their procedure. This includes:

  • Conducting a preanesthetic exam and possible blood testing to assess your pet's current condition and screen for medical problems
  • Applying the proper level of anesthesia to keep your pet comfortably sedated throughout their surgery
  • Pre-medicating with pain control and placing an IV catheter for fluids and additional medication as needed
  • Using the safest and most effective isoflurane gas for anesthesia
  • Having an experienced veterinary technician standing by to monitor your pet's heart rate, blood pressure, pulse oximetry and other vitals during their surgery
  • Monitoring your pet until they safely awaken from surgery
  • Performing a post-surgery exam to make sure your pet is healthy and ready to be discharged
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Health Requirements

Before your pet sees us for surgery, it is essential that they are healthy and current with the following:


  • 1 or 3-year rabies vaccine
  • 1-year distemper/lepto combo or 3-year distemper plus current 1-year lepto vaccine
  • 6-month Bordetella vaccine
  • Canine influenza vaccine
  • Parasite-negative fecal test within last 12 months


  • 1-year rabies vaccine
  • 1-year distemper
  • Negative feline leukemia test (indoor cats only)
  • 1-year feline leukemia vaccine (outdoor cats only)
  • Parasite-negative fecal test within last 12 months

Let us know if your pet is due for their annual vaccinations and diagnostics.

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Surgeries We Can Provide

The general and orthopedic surgeries we offer include, but are not limited to:

General Surgeries

  • Spay and neuter (for dogs, cats and rabbits)
  • Mass removals
  • Abdominal exploratory surgery
  • Total ear canal ablation
  • Various eye surgeries
  • Bladder stone removal (cystotomy)
  • Various oral surgeries, including extractions
  • Foreign body removal
  • Wound repair and skin tag removal

Orthopedic Surgeries

  • Cranial cruciate ligament repair (TPLO)
  • Fracture repairs
  • Femoral Head Ostectomy (FHO)
  • Luxating patella repair
  • Lateral fabellar suture

Consult With Us

Please contact us at any time if you have questions or concerns about your pet's condition. We're available 7 days a week to help you. We fully educate our clients on treatment options and on what to expect from pet surgery. Before your pet is discharged from our hospital, we give ample instruction about post-surgical care and how to keep your pet comfortable while they recover at home. 

Call (630) 852-1855 to speak with one of our team members, or stop in for a consultation.

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