Surgical Procedures at Essex Animal HospitalGeneral surgery

What makes our surgery expertise unique is the more than 75 years of experience that our three veterinarians have in this discipline. We also limit the number of surgeries we perform each day so that each animal is under full veterinary supervision at all times. We are not a high-volume, assembly-line surgical practice.

We perform both routine and complex surgical procedures on a daily basis. We offer care tailored to the specific needs of your pet and we provide this care before, during, and after all surgical procedures. Pre-surgical care may include pre-anesthetic blood testing, cardiopulmonary evaluation, and optimum anesthetic drug selection.

Intra-operative care includes electronic digital monitoring of the heart, blood pressure, and respiration. Circulating warm water heating blankets and warm air blankets help control your pet's body temperature.

Post-operative care includes careful monitoring of anesthetic recovery, as well as the use of medications to control post-operative pain. Our staff is thoroughly trained and provided with continuing education to assist the veterinarians in all surgical and anesthetic procedures.

Orthopedic surgery

Companion animals, especially those in their later years, can suffer from a range of joint and ligament injuries and maladies such as arthritis and torn ligaments.

We perform most orthopedic surgeries, including bone fracture repair and knee surgeries (including cranial cruciate repair and pataller luxation repair). More complex orthopedic cases are referred to a local specialist.

Soft-tissue surgery

We perform most soft-tissue surgeries from routine spays and neuters to complex internal surgeries, including surgery on the liver, spleen, gastrointestinal tract, urinary system (kidneys, urinary bladder) and reproductive tract.


Anesthesia protocol is decided on at the time of surgery and is based on your pet's individual needs. Ensuring the health and safety of your pet during surgery is of the utmost importance to us and requires an anesthetic and monitoring regimen that adheres to the highest principles and ideals of veterinary medicine. We utilize multi-parameter monitoring and anesthesia care.

At Essex Animal Hospital, your pet has access to state-of-the-art anesthetic administration and cardiovascular monitoring by our skilled professionals. We use a combination of injectable and inhalant gas anesthesia for your pet's surgical procedures.

Prior to surgery, your pet is examined and a pre-surgical blood screen performed. The results of these tests and your pet's past anesthetic history, breed, pre-existing conditions and age are used to create an individualized anesthesia protocol.

We use a variety of techniques to monitor your pet during anesthesia, including cardiac, pulmonary, blood pressure, and core body temperature monitoring devices. Most importantly, our technicians are well-trained to monitor your pet during the procedure.

Pain Management

Animals feel pain and discomfort the same as people do. We all know that pain hurts, but pain also has many other detrimental effects on the body.

Pain slows healing, decreases activity, and can cause behavior changes such as depression, anxiety, and sometimes even aggression. Pain worsens diseases like arthritis and, potentially, some cancers. It interferes with the bond between you and your pet.

We also know that recognizing and alleviating pain in animals is the essence of good patient care. We routinely use a variety of medications to ease and control any pain your pets might experience.


Cancer Therapy

The diagnosis of cancer is stressful for pet owners. Although most cancerous tumors can be cured by surgical removal alone, other times chemotherapy (drugs) or radiation may be beneficial. We understand this may be frightening to most people, but the fear that animals will spend most of their last days sick from chemotherapy treatments is unwarranted.

Knowing how anti-cancer chemotherapy drugs work and what to expect from the treatments can help pet owners decide on whether such therapy is appropriate for their pets. We will help you work through this difficult process.

We offer chemotherapy treatments to patients diagnosed with cancer. Certain animal cancers that we see can often be successfully treated, and treatment often has minimal or no side effects. The saying "the treatment is worse than the disease" is not true in animals.