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Veterinary Surgery

Our Torrance vets perform a number of surgical procedures, including spay & neuter procedures, orthopedic surgery, soft tissue surgery, and dental surgery.

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Veterinary Surgery

We offer a wide range of surgical procedures for cats and dogs at our Torrance clinic, using stringent surgical protocols. 

A professional nurse will provide anesthesia and continually monitor your pet utilizing electronic patient monitoring equipment during each procedure. In addition, pain management will be offered.

Post-operative monitoring and pain management are our priorities following surgery. Your vet will also provide thorough instructions for at-home care.

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What to Expect from Surgery

We constantly keep you up to date on why we are proposing a surgical treatment and any post-operative care your pet may require at home. At our facility, we follow strict surgical standards.

Surgical Procedures

At Harbor Animal Hospital, we perform medical and emergency surgeries to help treat disease and conditions in pets or to repair injuries sustained through trauma.

Our Torrance vets routinely perform the following elective and non-elective surgeries:

  • Soft Tissue Surgery

    For pets suffering from ear, nose, and throat disorders, we offer soft tissue surgical procedures.

    These procedures are also available for hepatic, urogenital, oncological, cardiothoracic, gastrointestinal, and skin disorders. 

  • Spaying & Neutering

    When we spay or neuter a cat or dog, we surgically sterilize them to prevent disease and provide them with an extended life expectancy. 

  • Ocular

    If your pet is experiencing pain, redness, or other symptoms in or around their eyes, they may need ocular surgery.

    Eyelid tumor removal, cataract surgery, ectropion surgery, entropion surgery, orbit exenteration, and cherry eye surgery are all common ocular treatments for cats and dogs.

    If your cat or dog requires a veterinary surgical specialist to perform the surgery, our veterinarians will refer you to a pet surgeon near Torrance and work closely with your animal surgeon to ensure that your pet receives the best possible care. 

  • Mass Removal

    Cats and dogs can develop masses associated with the skin. Masses can also grow inside a body cavity and can be serious or life-threatening.

    Mass removal surgery is a fairly common procedure for both cats and dogs.

  • Foreign Body

    Whether your pet ate an object they shouldn't have or was wounded in an accident, we can conduct foreign body surgery to remove it.

    In some cases, specialized skills or equipment are needed to perform pet surgery. If that is the case for your animal, your vet will refer you to a cat or dog surgeon near Torrance and work closely with your veterinary surgeon to ensure that your dog or cat receives the very best care.

  • Wounds

    Wounds occur when living tissue has been cut, broken, burnt, torn, or otherwise damaged.

    These wounds must be cleansed, disinfected, and properly cared for by a trained veterinarian as soon as possible.

  • Urethrectomy

    During a urethrectomy, our vets remove all or part of the urethra.

  • Cystectomy

    During a cystectomy, an incision is made into the dog or cat's urinary bladder to facilitate the removal of bladder stones and/or urethral stones.

  • Orthopedic Surgery

    Orthopedic surgeries correct injuries and diseases of the bones, ligaments, joints, tendons, and other skeletal structures in your pet.

    If your dog or cat is suffering from a condition or injury that requires specialized surgery, our on-call surgeon, Dr. Zachary Smith, will be able to perform orthopedic procedures, including Tibial-plateau-leveling osteotomy (TPLO).

  • Dental Surgery

    Our veterinarians provide dental surgeries for dogs and cats. These surgeries can range from tooth extractions to gum disease treatment and jaw fracture repairs.

The Surgery Process

We realize that bringing your pet in for surgery can be nerve-racking. Please be assured that we only propose surgery when it is in the best interests of your pet.

We will ensure that you fully understand why we are recommending surgery and that you are comfortable making the decision to move ahead.

If your pet requires advanced care, our vets will refer you to a veterinary surgeon near Torrance, and work closely with your vet surgeon to ensure that your pet receives the best possible care. 

Surgical protocols at our clinic include:

Pre-surgical assessments: We will check the surgery details, do a physical examination of the patient, and ensure that blood tests have been conducted and evaluated by the veterinarian in order to identify if your pet is at risk of anesthesia-related problems.

Dedicated surgical suites: Surgeries are performed in a dedicated surgical suite. To avoid illness and cross-contamination, this area is kept totally sterile.

Surgical attire: Our staff wears disposable caps and masks at all times when they are in the surgical suite. Those involved in the procedure itself will also wear sterile gowns and single-use gloves.

Sterile packs and equipment: We carefully clean, sterilize and wrap our surgical instruments and equipment prior to every surgery.

  • Dental Surgery

    At Harbor Animal Hospital, our veterinary team provides dental surgery services for Torrance pets suffering from a wide variety of oral health issues. Book an Appointment What Is Dental Surgery? Dental surgery is any surgical procedure, which addresses oral health issues experience...
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  • Orthopedics

    The veterinary surgeons at Harbor Animal Hospital provide surgical services for Torrance cats and dogs affected by a wide range of orthopedic conditions. Book an Appointment What Is Orthopedic Surgery? Orthopedic surgery for dogs entails surgical techniques that address the joints,...
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  • Soft Tissue Surgery

    At Harbor Animal Hospital, we provide a comprehensive range of soft tissue surgical procedures for our cat and dog patients in Torrance. Book an Appointment What Are Soft Tissue Surgical Procedures? Soft tissue surgery encompasses the majority of surgical procedures that are not in...
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  • Spaying & Neutering for Dogs & Cats

    Spaying and neutering are common surgeries performed at our Torrance animal clinic that help to control an unwanted animal population and offer a number of health benefits to cats and dogs. Book An Appointment What Are Spaying and Neutering? Both spaying and neutering refer to...
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New Patients Welcome

Harbor Animal Hospital is accepting new patients! Our experienced vets are passionate about the health of Torrance companion animals. Get in touch today to book your pet's first appointment.

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