Your Dependable Veterinary Surgeon in Mills River

When your pet needs surgery, it can be stressful. Whether they need complex or routine surgical services, our friendly team at Mills River Animal Clinic is here to provide you with excellent care that will put your mind at ease. From spaying and neutering to orthopedic procedures, we have the experience you want when choosing a veterinary surgeon.

If you're feeling overwhelmed about the prospect of your pet getting surgery, know that we'll be here with you every step of the way. We'll take the time to talk you through the process, doing everything we can to make a difficult period for you and your pet feel much easier. Contact us today to get your animal the excellent surgical services they need!


Our Pet Surgery Services

Regardless of why your pet's surgical needs you can trust you'll be getting them surgical treatments from experienced hands and modern technological tools. We offer a wide selection of high-quality surgical services that your pet may need for various situations throughout their lives. Some of the services we provide include:

  • Spaying & Neutering is the surgical sterilization of your pet. The procedures are different depending on your pet's gender. Spaying refers to the removal of a female cat or dog's uterus and ovaries, while neutering is the process of removing a male's testicles.
  • Foreign Body Removal is the process of removing items that have been ingested and become stuck inside your pet. Items can become lodged in the esophagus, stomach, and even the trachea. These items are then unable to be naturally removed by your pet's bodily functions. If surgery is required to remove a foreign body, we use modern and precise techniques to eliminate the object in order to restore your pet's health.
  • Lacerations refer to deep cuts or tears in your pet's flesh and vary in severity. Depending on the situation, we will employ several different strategies to repair them. Our veterinarian will clean the wound and evaluate the extent of the injury, and we may require x-rays to ensure that no internal damage has occurred. The laceration will then be closed with sutures or skin staples, with deeper wounds sometimes requiring the placement of a temporary drain to prevent fluid buildup as it heals.
  • Veterinary Orthopedic Surgery is a branch of veterinary surgery that deals with preventing, diagnosing, and treating conditions within your pet's musculoskeletal system. Our office provides limited orthopedic services, such as surgical ACL repair and other knee surgeries. We may refer you to a veterinary orthopedic specialist for more complex procedures.
  • C-Sections are necessary if your cat or dog is pregnant and we have determined that it cannot give birth naturally. Your pet will be placed under anesthesia, and an incision will be made along its abdomen to help birth the litter. C-sections are more common if your pet is older or if their ability to give birth naturally has been compromised.

Comforting Your Pet

Depending on the operation your pet requires, they may be in various states of discomfort. This is sure to increase both your and your pet's anxiety in the time leading up to the surgery. Our Mills River veterinary surgeon is committed to making the time leading up to and after the surgery as comfortable as possible.

We have worked hard over the years to create a warm, relaxing office environment for you and your pet. When you enter our doors, your animal will be greeted with fear-free techniques when interacting and handling your pet. We aim to do our best to ensure your pet isn't feeling overwhelmed or worried so that we can deliver care more effectively.

Preparing Your Pet for Surgery

Before your pet's surgery, we'll go through a detailed pre-surgery checklist, including tips for preparing for the surgery and home care for rehabilitation. Some information to keep in mind includes:

  • Cleaning Your Pet: Our staff will thoroughly sterilize your pet's surgical site before the procedure. However, cleaning them ahead of time can be beneficial to minimize any possibility of contamination both during and after the surgery.
  • Making Sure Their Stomachs are Empty: No matter the complexity of the surgery, your pet's stomach must be empty before the procedure. Food in their stomachs can cause severe anesthesia-related complications that can be life-threatening. It is very important that you not feed your pet within twelve hours of surgery. They should not drink any water for four hours before their surgery, as well.
  • Transportation After Surgery: Your pet is likely to be exhausted following their surgery. Being sure that you provide a clean, comfortable spot in your vehicle for them to rest on for the ride home is an important aspect to consider.

A Mills River Veterinary Surgeon for You

<\p>We are honored to offer surgical services, pet neutering, and spaying in Mills River. We are grateful for the opportunity to provide your pet with vital care and always strive to exceed your expectations. From our gentle approach to their treatment to our meticulous attention to detail, you can be sure that your pet will receive high-quality services and modern surgical techniques. Contact us today to inquire about our pet surgery services!




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Text or Call: (828) 891-9685


200 Old Turnpike Rd
Mills River, NC 28759

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Monday - Friday 7:30 AM to 5:00 PM
Saturday - Closed
Sunday - Closed

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