Surgical Services

Constructed with safety and comfort in mind, our state of the art surgical suite provides for the performance of an extensive variety of general and advanced surgical procedures. We have multiple anesthesia monitoring equipment allowing us to monitor heart rate, respiratory rate, oxygenation level and blood pressure. In addition, our surgical suite is furnished with a heated surgery table, human surgical lighting and many human grade instruments. Some of the surgical procedures performed at Groves Veterinary Clinic are listed below, keep in mind this is an overview and not a complete list of surgical procedures performed:

Reproductive Surgical Procedures

  • Ovariohysterectomy (Spay)
  • Cesarian Section
  • Neuter
  • Scrotal Ablation (Scrotal Sac Removal)
  • Prosthetic Testicular Implants
  • Undescended Testicle Surgery (Cryptorchidism)
  • Prostate Surgery
  • Penile Surgery and Vulvoplasty

Soft Tissue Surgical Procedures

  • Declawing
  • Mastectomy
  • Pyometra Surgery
  • Diagnostic Biopsies
  • Feeding Tube Placement
  • Lateral Ear Canal Resection
  • Airway Disease - Soft Palate and Stenotic Nares Repair
  • Opthalmic surgery of the cornea and eyelid - Entropion and Cherry Eye Repair
  • Urologic Surgery - Nephrectomy, Cystotomy, Perineal and Scrotal Urethrostomy
  • Hernia Repair - Perineal, Umbilical, Inguinal, Body Wall and Diaphragmatic
  • Gastric - Gastric Dilitation/Volvulus, Gastrotomy, Pyloric Stenosis
  • Hepatic Surgery - Liver Lobectomy and Biopsy
  • Splenectomy
  • Inestinal Surgery - Enterotomy, Resection & Anastemosis, Subtotal Colectomy, Rectal Prolapse Repair - Colopexy

Diagnostic Surgical Procedures

  • Exploratory Laparotomy


Electrocautery replaces scalpels in many procedures, and is useful for a wide range of conditions such as cyst, tumor and wart removal. In comparison to traditional surgery, electrocautery may result in less pain, less bleeding and less swelling.

Learn about our Advanced Orthopedic Surgery here.

Prior to Surgery

  • Withhold food after 11 pm the night before surgery. A small amount of water the morning of the procedure is fine, but do not allow your pet to drink an entire bowl. Check with the medical staff regarding giving morning medications.
  • Make arrangements for appropriate supervision following surgery and prepare a space for recovery. Most surgical patients require reduced activity for a period of time following their surgical procedure. To facilitate good post-operative monitoring, care and healing, make sure you provide a clean, dry environment where your pet's activity will be limited. Some patients may require cage rest for a specified period of time. The medical staff will review post operative instructions with you during your pets discharge appointment.


  • Patients are typically admitted early in the morning, we are available as early as 7:30 am.
  • Bring your pet's daily medications with you.

Please leave personal items such as toys and blankets at home. These items may become soiled during anesthetic recovery or possibly lost. Most toys are not appropriate for patients following surgery and can even be a safety hazard.

Pre-Surgical Testing

  • Just as in human medicine, certain tests such as radiograpghs, electrocardiograms and blood tests are standard procedures whenever a pet is anesthetized. This allows Dr. Groves to detect underlying conditions that may alter the type of anesthetic used or require surgery to be postponed. The type of pre-surgical testing performed is determined by the age, existing medical condition and type of surgical procedure being performed on your pet.
  • Blood testing prior to surgery is imperative to reduce the risk of complications during surgery. The types of blood tests that may be recommended for your pet include:
  1. CBC - A complete blood count measures red and white blood cells as well as platelets. CBC abnormalities could indicate infection, anemia or clotting disorders.
  2. BUN and Creatinine - BUN and creatinine are measurements of the kidney's ability to eliminate waste, elevated values could indicate kidney disease.
  3. Total Protein and Albumin - Measurement of protein components of the blood ensures the blood will clot normally, the liver is functioning appropriately and the body will eliminate the anesthesia well.
  4. ALP and ALT - Alkaline phosphatase and alanine aminotransferase are liver enzymes that, if elevated, indicate damage or disease of the liver.
  5. Electrolytes / Minerals - Calcium, Phosphorus, Sodium, Potassium, Chloride all have very important jobs in the body.
  6. Amylase - Evaluation of this pancreatic enzyme indicates the presence or absence of disease or irritation to this organ.
  7. Blood Sugar (Glucose) - Diabetes may be suspected if the glucose level is high. Pets with low blood sugar are at risk for seizures.

Recovery Room

  • Your pets recovery will be monitored closely by our experienced medical team. A member of our staff will contact you after your pet has recovered from anesthesia following surgery. If a discharge appointment has not been reserved for you, we will do so at that time as it is best to have an appointment to make sure your arrival does not coincide with a busy period at the practice. Most patients are able to go home the same day they are admitted. Patients undergoing certain procedures such as advanced orthopedic procedures or declawing will be discharged the next day.

Going Home

  • Plan to spend 10 to 15 minutes at the discharge appointment during which a member of the medical staff will provide verbal and written home care instructions.
  • A medical progress examination will be recommended following surgery, it is best to reserve the appointment upon discharge to ensure you will get a time that best suites your schedule.

Following Surgery

  • Recovery following surgery is a gradual process and, depending on the surgical procedure performed, may take days, weeks or months. To ensure a speedy recovery, give medications as recommended, watch for complications and strictly enforce activity restriction for the time period recommended. The vast majority of post-operative complications are associated with pets licking, chewing or scratching at the incision or being too active too soon.
  • Incisions: Protect the incision with either an Elizabethan collar or a bandage. Evaluate the incision regularly, monitor the amount of swelling, redness, bruising, fluid, pain and heat. Watch for changes in staples or sutures or separation of the incision edges. Swelling, redness or bruising near the incision is normal for the first few days following surgery with most incisions showing signs of improvement by the third day. Contact us immediately if you see progressive redness, swelling and fluid seeping through the incision.
  • Bandage Care: Bandages should be evaluated every day to inspect for the presence of moisture, fluid seepage, odor, pain or shifting. When poorly monitored, a bandage can cause significant complications and in rare cases may threaten the success of a surgery or limb. For this reason is is very important to never miss a bandage change appointment with Dr Groves
  • Staples and Sutures: We will often use absorbable sutures underneath the skin which will dissolve on their own and do not need to be removed. In those cases requiring staples or sutures, an appointment will need to be reserved 10 to 14 days following surgery to have them removed. Do not bathe your pet for the first 10 days after surgery.

When in doubt contact our office at 941-391-5251. We are here to help and always happy to answer your questions.

Client Testimonials


I was very pleased with the attentiveness of the staff. My dog was hit by a car and broke it's leg Doctor Groves did a phenomenal job plating the bone and getting my dog back up and running again very pleased with Groves Veterinary Clinic would definitely recommend it to all my friends thanks dr. Groves and staff forgetting Skippy back up and running it means to the world to him and me.  God Bless


Lee Alberts