General Surgery

There are general surgeries that are routinely recommended for your pet. We also recommend screening your pet with pre-anesthetic bloodwork prior to surgery in order for safety and to allow us to tailor anesthesia to your pet’s specific needs. The routine general surgeries performed at our practice include Spay (“fixing” a female dog), Neuter (“fixing” and male dog), and soft tissue surgeries, such as, growth/mass removal (removing “lumps and bumps”). We also have well-trained veterinary and technical staff to monitor and care for your pet before, during, and after surgery.

Spay: Removing the uterus and ovaries of a female dog under general anesthesia. A spay is recommended in order to prevent serious, life-threatening bacterial infections, reproductive tract disease, and various types of cancer.

Neuter: Removing the testicles of a male dog under general anesthesia. A neuter is recommended to prevent serious diseases of the reproductive tract and various types of cancer.

Growth/Mass Removal: Removal of growths (“lumps and bumps”) is essential for the accurate testing and diagnosis of both cancerous and non-cancerous growths/masses.


Most people associate getting an ultrasound during pregnancy to look at a baby in the womb. However, ultrasound technology can be extremely helpful in providing even more information than radiographs (“X-rays”). Ultrasound technology utilizes high frequency sound waves to produce pictures of organs or structures inside your pet’s body. For example, we can use ultrasound technology to investigate your pet’s abdomen for masses, blockages, foreign material, or any abnormalities causing various symptoms you pet may have during an illness. Dr. Charles has elaborate ultrasound training and works very closely with a radiologist, which makes our ultrasound service both efficient and advantageous.