Your Pet's Surgery

We understand that the decision to allow your beloved companion to undergo surgery is never an easy one. Despite the confidence we have in our abilities and state-of-the-art surgical suite, we know that surgery is difficult for both you and your pet. This is why we work as hard as we do to ensure your pet's procedure is as comfortable and stress-free as possible.

Perhaps the most important pre-surgical step we take is to discuss with you why we believe a particular procedure is necessary and what it involves. We also provide information on proper postoperative care and answer any questions you may have so that you feel comfortable that you are making the right choice for your pet.

Our personal attention to each patient and client is what makes our surgical services unique.

Our Surgical Services

SurgeryExperience has taught us that it is in the best interests of our clients' pets to offer as wide an array of surgical services from our facility as possible. It is important for you and your pet to receive care in a friendly and welcoming facility from people you both have come to know in order to reduce stress and promote healing.

Because orthopedic care is an important component of keeping your pet healthy, we offer a number of orthopedic procedures. These include: cranial cruciate repair, joint surgeries, amputations and fracture repair to name a few. Companion animals, especially those in their later years, can suffer from a range of joint and ligament injuries including arthritis.

Should your pet require the care of a specialist, we maintain a close relationship with an area board certified veterinary orthopedic surgeon. It is our goal to provide your pet with the best and most appropriate surgical care possible.

Laser Surgery

We offer CO2 laser surgery at two of our three locations (May Veterinary Hospital and Northridge). Laser surgery offers the following benefits:

  • Less bleeding: The laser seals small blood vessels as it cuts. This drastic reduction in bleeding enables a number of new surgical procedures that are not practical with conventional scalpel.
  • Less pain: The CO2 laser beam seals nerve endings and lymphatics, resulting in less edema and pain. The patient experiences a far more comfortable post-operative recovery.
  • Reduced risk of infection: This is one of the unique features of the CO2 laser beam. It efficiently kills bacteria in its path, producing a sterilizing effect.
  • Quicker Recovery Time: Reduced risk of infection, less bleeding, less pain and less swelling often allow the patient a far quicker recovery after the surgery.

Soft Tissue Surgery

We perform almost all soft tissue surgical procedures, including but not limited to:

  • Entropion/Ectropion eyelid correction
  • Morgan Pocket Technique for prolapsed hadarian gland repair ("Cherry eye")
  • Total ear canal ablation (TECA)
  • Gastrointestinal foreign body removal
  • Bladder stone removal
  • Urethrostomy/Urethrotomy
  • Anal gland excision
  • Patella luxation repair
  • Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) surgery
  • Femoral head osteotomy (FHO)
  • Intramedullary pinning repair of simple fractures
  • Osteochondritis dissecans of the shoulder

We perform chemotherapy, either initiated in-house or as a continuation from a university or specialist.

Ensuring the health and safety of your pet during surgery is of the utmost importance and requires an anesthetic and monitoring regimen that adheres to the highest principles and ideals of veterinary medicine. At May Veterinary, your pet has access to state-of-the-art anesthetic administration and cardiovascular-monitoring equipment and protocols.

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

While under anesthesia, your pet will be cared for by a well-trained and experienced veterinary technician using our monitoring system, which tracks blood pressure, heart rate, respiratory rate, body temperature and oxygen level.

Pain Management

Pain management is an essential component of successful veterinary care. We all know that pain hurts, but pain also has many other detrimental effects on the body.

Pain slows healing, decreases activity, causes behavior changes (such as aggression, anxiety, and depression). Pain worsens diseases like arthritis and some cancers. It also interferes with the bond between you and your pet.

In order to combat those effects, we use an advanced multimodal protocol to prevent and treat pain in our patients. Whenever possible we use a combination of local anesthetics, NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) and narcotic pain relievers. We also try to include nondrug methods such as exercise and physical therapy when appropriate.

We also often make use of continuous infusions of these drugs so that your pet receives constant pain relief that can be adjusted minute-to-minute in order to ensure proper dosing.

Laser TherapyPostoperative Care

After being discharged from the hospital, we provide you with detailed information on how to properly care for your pet at home after surgery. We are also happy to answer any questions or concerns that may arise once you get your pet home.


Our veterinary technician, Kim Romain, is certified in the use of our K-Laser therapy laser (sometimes called 'cold laser' therapy).

K-Laser is a new type of therapy laser that can provide remarkable relief from chronic pain. It penetrates to considerable depth and has programmable protocols for specific veterinary conditions. K-Laser has also shown very good results when used on surgical incisions and wounds. Traumatized tissue swells less and heals more quickly when treated with this device.

Treatments last about 2-5 minutes per site and are completely comfortable for the patient.

K-Laser provides a safe solution for animals that may be sensitive to some medications.