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Surgery Services

At Hayes Veterinary Hospital in DeRidder, LA, and Entrance Road Veterinary Clinic, in Leesville, LA, our veterinarians have the skill and expertise to perform soft tissue and some orthopedic surgeries for small animals. We realize that pet surgery can be a scary thing to face; yet, we take extensive precautions to minimize risks associated with anesthesia and ensure your pet has a safe procedure as well as a smooth recovery.

Have questions about surgery for your pet? Give us a call at Hayes Veterinary Hospital: (337) 463-7011 or Entrance Road Veterinary Clinic: (337) 537-2454.

Additional Surgery Information

Common Pet Surgeries We Perform

Our veterinarians perform the following common procedures:

  • Spays and neuters

  • Mass/tumor removal

  • Ear hematomas

  • Skin tag removal

  • Basic eye surgeries

  • Cystotomy (bladder surgery)

  • Femoral head ostectomy (FHO) for hip dysplasia correction

  • Episioplasty

  • Gastrointestinal surgeries

  • Declaw procedures

For more complex procedures, we work with expert veterinary surgeons to provide your pet with the very best care possible. They’ll visit one of our hospitals, so you don’t have to worry about taking your pet anywhere else.

Our Safety Protocols

Pet surgery requires general anesthesia, which brings with it some minor risks of its own.

To reduce these risks, our veterinarians and surgical technicians take the following precautions:

  • Pre-anesthetic blood work and an exam – Prior to surgery, we perform a full evaluation of your pet’s health by checking for any underlying conditions that could affect your pet’s response to anesthesia.

  • IV catheter – If warranted, our trained surgical technicians will set an IV catheter to supply your pet with warmed fluids which help to stabilize their blood pressure, body temperature, and hydration.

  • Vitals monitoring – We monitor your pet’s vitals with our extensive monitoring equipment which tracks heart rate and rhythm, blood-oxygen levels, respiration rate, body temperature, and more.

  • Trained surgical technician – Each surgery patient is assigned a dedicated surgical technician to stay with them and monitor them from the very start of anesthesia until they are fully awake and ready to go home.

  • Pain medication – We minimize your pet’s discomfort with pain medication before, during, and after surgery. This also helps to reduce the stress caused by pain, which can hinder healing.

For more information about our surgical procedures, or to discuss your pet’s options, please contact one of our two locations for a consultation appointment!

End of Life Care

Our pets are family and when they grow old, it can be more and more difficult to make them comfortable and ensure they are still enjoying life. At Hayes Veterinary Hospital in DeRidder, LA, and Entrance Road Veterinary Clinic in Leesville, LA, our veterinarians and staff offer compassionate and humane end-of-life pet care as well as cat and dog euthanasia at home or in one of our hospitals.

Our goal is to help your pet be as comfortable as possible until the end. Give us a call at Hayes Veterinary Hospital: (337) 463-7011 or Entrance Road Veterinary Clinic: (337) 537-2454 to learn more.

Additional End of Life Care Information

If you need guidance on after-care services such as burial or cremation, we would be happy to talk to you about our recommendations.

Palliative & Hospice Care

For older pets with chronic or terminal illnesses, or those who are simply growing older, we offer palliative and hospice care services.

Our focus is on doing all we can to make the final years of your pet’s life as pleasant and pain-free as possible.

Some of the palliative and hospice care services we offer include:

  • Herbal medicine (at HVH only)

  • Pain medications

  • Laser therapy (at ERVC only)

  • Dietary changes, including supplements

Knowing When It's Time to Say Goodbye

Pets can’t tell us when they’re ready to go on, but there are clear signs we can watch for that suggest they may be ready. Our veterinarians are here to offer you support and guidance, as well as to help you fully understand your pet’s condition, and the pain they may be in.

Some of the most important things to be aware of include:

  • Level of pain.

    • Does your pet seem to be in constant pain (limping, having difficulty getting up and down, crying out, whining)?

  • Sociability.

    • Do they still greet you at the door when you come home? Are they ready and willing to interact with the family?

  • Eating and drinking.

    • Are they eating and drinking? Do they still enjoy their favorite treats?

  • Sense of awareness.

    • Is your pet aware and responsive? Do they respond to commands, and respond to things they like (opening of a treat bag, grabbing their leash, etc.)?

You know your pet best of all. While we can counsel you about your pet’s condition and the level of discomfort they may be in, it is ultimately up to you to decide when it’s time to say goodbye.