Surgical Services

Hadlock Veterinary Clinic’s state-of-the-art surgical facility ensures procedures are as safe and efficient as possible. Veterinary technology is advancing at a rapid pace. These advancements, combined with our expertise, significantly reduce the risk of complications and allow us to perform surgical procedures quickly and accurately. In addition to soft tissue and orthopedic surgery, Hadlock Veterinary Clinic offers eye surgeries performed by our board-certified veterinary ophthalmologist Dr. Joyce Murphy.

Pre-Surgery Exam

Before your pet undergoes any surgical procedure, a thorough examination is performed. We also offer a pre-surgical blood screen, which, along with your pet’s anesthetic history, breed, preexisting conditions and age, will be used to determine a unique anesthetic protocol and increase the safety of any anesthesia. These tests have the added benefit of establishing a baseline for the comparison of future blood tests, should your pet require any.


For most surgical procedures, anesthesia is required. While under anesthesia, your pet is continuously monitored by both our staff and specialized anesthesia monitoring technology. 

Just as with humans, the pain has many adverse effects on pets that go beyond physical discomfort

To minimize your pet’s discomfort, we typically use a combination of local anesthetics, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), and narcotic pain relievers. The exact protocol is tailored to each animal and depends on several factors determined by the pre-surgery exam and by the procedure being performed.

Postoperative Care

The amount of time your pet will need to monitored after surgery varies. In some cases, animals will need to be monitored overnight; in others, they can be sent home the same day. Contact us with any questions or concerns following surgery, and we will be more than happy to help you.