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While it may seem intimidating, cat and dog surgery is a highly effective way to treat certain physical conditions such as tumors, soft tissue injuries, dental disease and more. As a pet parent, you may be anxious about the procedure and how your pet will recover afterward, and understandably so. Your four-legged family member is important to us too, which is why we always make their health and safety our highest priority. Every surgery comes with risks, and our team in Round Lake dedicates itself to minimizing those risks as much as possible.

At Companion Animal Hospital of Round Lake, we can provide a variety of surgical services that reflect our patients’ varying health needs. More important, however, is our ability to continually monitor pets’ vitals and increase their comfort with proactive pain management.


Since your pet’s safety is paramount, there are specific steps we follow before, during and after their surgery:

Before Surgery

Placing pets under general anesthesia can be risky. Therefore, we need to examine your pet and do blood work to check their health. If we believe the risks are too high with their current condition, we will postpone the surgery and focus on treatment.

For pets that are healthy and ready to go, we premedicate with pain control and place an IV catheter so we can give fluids throughout the procedure. Fluids keep the body hydrated, support the cardiovascular system, and prevent a decrease in blood pressure.

During Surgery

Your pet has a dedicated veterinary assistant monitoring their vitals throughout their surgery. This includes heart rate, blood pressure, respiratory rate, oxygen levels, and body temperature. We use various warming methods to keep your pet’s temperature at a healthy level.

Our hospital uses the most up-to-date and reliable monitoring equipment that our team members are highly-trained to operate. This enables us to detect and respond to changes in your pet’s health very quickly. 

After Surgery

When your pet is safely out of surgery, we move them into the recovery area for close monitoring. We will also give you a call to let you know how the surgery went and to answer any questions you have. When you arrive to pick up your pet, you’ll receive detailed instructions for helping them through their recovery at home. 

In the days following your pet’s surgery, it’s important to stay in touch and keep us updated on their progress. If you see any changes, let us know immediately. 

If your veterinarian recommends spaying and neutering for your four-legged family members, then the answer is yes!


Cats and dogs can be spayed and/or neutered at approximately six months old. While it may seem natural to allow your animal to remain intact, their reproductive organs can cause various health problems as they grow. Spaying and neutering when your pet is under a year old can help them avoid certain issues later and even extend their lifespan.

You have the final say regarding your pet’s needs. Your veterinarian will provide you with ample information about spaying and neutering and what to expect from the procedure. Still, if you have misgivings, we want to know so we can help you. Your pet’s safety is our main concern.


There are several ways that spay and neuter surgeries can improve health and prevent future problems:

Spaying (Females)

  • Prevents heat cycle from occurring
  • Can prevent certain behaviors (such as roaming and in the case of cats, loud caterwauling)
  • Reduces potential for breast cancer development
  • Prevents cancer in the ovaries
  • Prevents pyometra, a potentially-fatal infection of the uterus

Neutering (Males)

  • Can reduce or even prevent aggression
  • May also reduce or prevent inappropriate mounting behaviors and roaming
  • Reduces potential for prostate issues and breast cancer development
  • Prevents testicular tumors


The surgical services we can provide to our patients include, but are not limited to:

  • Spay and neuter
  • Small growth (skin tag) and tumor removal
  • Various eye surgeries (cherry eye repair, entropion, enucleation)
  • Wound repair
  • Bladder stone removal


Our team works very hard to make sure that every spay and neuter surgery is performed under the safest possible conditions. From anesthesia to full monitoring by a knowledgeable technician, we take every opportunity to reduce risks. For more information about our safety protocols and spay/neuter services, please call us at (847) 270-0880!


Whether your pet needs routine, elective or emergency cat or dog surgery, our team will do everything possible to keep them safe. You are more than welcome to reach out to us if you have concerns or would like to discuss your pet’s procedure in more detail to understand its benefits. Your time is valuable to us and you also deserve to be informed.

Make An Appointment Today

As pet parents ourselves, we would want the best treatment for our loved ones, in addition to any information that would help us give them the best care during their recovery. Call us today at (847) 270-0880 or Make An Appointment online!

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