Surgical Care

We pride ourselves in providing excellent surgical care for your pets. Our doctor performs routine spays and neuters, as well as declaws, lump removals, some orthopedic surgeries, and a few miscellaneous procedures. Do not hesitate to ask the doctor about any procedures that your pet needs -- if we cannot assist you, we can can always recommend an appropriate veterinarian who can.

Surgeries are typically preformed on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. Sometimes special arrangements will be made for a different day to accommodate the needs of the patient. Generally, surgeries are not an out-patient procedure, and do require some hospitalization time. All surgery patients must be fasted after 10:00 PM the night before their procedure (water is okay!), and then be dropped off at the clinic for check-in between 7:30 and 8:00 AM the morning of their procedure. This ensures an appropriate amount of time for the doctor to evaluate the patient before the surgery begins. After-surgery pick-up is usually any time after 9:00 AM the following day.

Our facility is equipped with a surgical cutting laser which can replace the use of a scalpel blade. This surgical laser cauterizes blood vessels as it cuts, reducing blood loss, pain, swelling, and inflammation. We also have a therapy laser that can be used post-operation. This laser stimulates blood flow in the surgery site and promotes healing while reducing pain and swelling.

Frequently Asked Questions:

What is laser surgery? Traditional surgery with a scalpel or scissors can bruise or crush tissue. When we use the laser, only an intense beam of laser light touches your pet, which minimizes the pain, swelling, an bleeding often associated with surgery.

How does laser surgery work? The laser has the unique ability to vaporize or "erase" tissue. The laser can be used to make incisions as well as to erase unhealthy tissue. The laser is so precise that we can selectively remove only a few cells at a time. The laser seals nerve endings, so patients are much more comfortable after surgery. Not only does the laser kill any bacteria in its path, it also seals lymphatics, so there is much less swelling post-operatively.

What are the advantages to laser surgery? We are proud to be one of the only  veterinary hospitals to provide the many advantages of the laser technology to our patients. Now your pet can benefit from the same properties of a laser that human patients have experienced for over twenty years: less pain, swelling, and discomfort after surgery, and the ability to resume normal activities sooner. Our practice has made this substantial investment in order to offer you the best possible healthcare for your pet.  The additional cost to you is minimal, but it is your decision.

Is laser surgery appropriate for my pet? A laser can perform a wide variety of surgical procedures on cats, dogs, and other animals. Dr. Rizzo will be able to tell you if your pet is a candidate for laser surgery, and will help you decide if this is the best treatment option for your pet.

Post-Op/ Pain reduction Laser-  We also have a second laser.  It is used post op to minimize pain, swelling and lymph drainage.  It also works on swelling, pain for back and hips, and other joint or skin sores.  ( I use it on my own Knees :)  )

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  • "“Staff is friendly and knowledgeable, and appointments are quick and easy. Dr. Rizzo is thorough and loves what she does! We are new to the Ames area and Pet Medical Center was recommended to us - and I’ve already recommended them to others!”"
    January 24th, 2020
  • "“I felt like everyone was truly interested in the well-being of my dog. I felt so much more comfortable than previous veterinary clinics I have been to. Thank you so much!”"
    January 22nd, 2020
  • "“I can't say enough good about Dr. Rizzo and her staff. I love recommending Pet Medical Center to everyone with a pet.”"
    December 9th, 2019
  • "“Clean, efficient, and knowledgeable. They care about animals very much.”"
    December 2nd, 2019
  • "“My pets love coming to see Dr. Rizzo. She is very knowledgeable about what I should do for my aging dog and tells me what it is going to cost as well before we make any decisions.”"
    November 30th, 2019
  • "“We love Dr. Rizzo and staff! They are so caring and gentle with our animals. Everyone is so professional and understanding. They definitely exceed our expectations!”"
    October 15th, 2019
  • "“Dr. Rizzo is my pet’s ‘forever doctor’!”"
    September 27th, 2019
  • "“Always the best care for my pet, wonderful personal service.”"
    August 8th, 2019
  • ""I have always received the best service there. Most importantly my pets are well taken care of.""
    July 16th, 2017
  • ""I have gotten great service and I feel that I don’t have to pay a ridiculous amount to get my pets the care they need.""
    July 14th, 2017

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