Your Pet's Surgery

The decision to allow your beloved companion to undergo surgery is never an easy one. 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, what it entails, and the precautions necessary to ensure your pet's safety during surgery. 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.

Dover Veterinary Hospital's facility includes a state-of-the-art surgical suite that is fully-equipped to support a wide range of surgical procedures, as well as to ensure the safety of your pet during surgery. Additionally, our doctors are highly experienced surgeons and veterinary practitioners, who have undergone considerable training to hone their skills.

SurgeryShould your pet require a surgery we do not offer, we work with a surgical specialist and will refer you should the need arise.

Our goal is to provide your pet with the best and most appropriate surgical care possible.

Soft tissue procedures we perform are:

  • Spays and Neuters
  • Mass Removals
  • Cystotomies
  • Gastrointestinal Surgery
  • Enucleations
  • Toe Amputations
  • Eyelid Mass Removals
  • Rhinoplasty

Guinea pig, ferret, and rabbit procedures are performed by Dr. Donovan.

Anesthesia and Monitoring

Ensuring the health and safety of your pet during surgery is of the utmost importance. An essential requirement is an anesthetic and monitoring regimen that adheres to the highest standards of veterinary medicine. At Dover Veterinary Hospital, your pet has access to state-of-the-art anesthetic administration and cardiovascular monitoring equipment and protocols.

We believe that our approach to patient management while under anesthesia is one critical factor that makes our surgical services unique when compared to other veterinary practices. How? Our anesthetist stays with each patient for continuous monitoring while under anesthesia. Pets are given a pre-surgical examination and blood screen. We analyze the results of these tests, as well as your pet's medical and anesthetic history, breed, preexisting conditions, and age to create an individualized anesthesia protocol for your pet.

Stephanie monitors a patientWhile under anesthesia, your pet is attached to our monitoring system, which tracks blood pressure, heart rate, respiratory rate, body temperature, and oxygen level. We also use modern patient warming systems and our veterinary and technical staff are experienced in techniques for managing anesthetic complications, in the rare event something should occur.

Pain Management

We have found that a proper and balanced application of pain medications, means your pet will be able to heal quickly and with less discomfort. Pain management is an important aspect of our pre-, intra-, and post-surgical protocols and we tailor the medications used to the patient.

When your pet is discharged from the hospital, we will provide you with detailed information on how to properly care for your pet at home. We are also happy to answer any questions or concerns that may arise once you get your pet home. We often send additional pain management medication home with you and your pet, after providing a thorough explanation of its proper use and dosage.

Our Veterinary Pharmacy

Ensuring you have convenient and timely access to competitively-priced medications for your pets is an important aspect of our veterinary practice. Medications play an important role in helping cure a sick animal, relieve pain after an injury or surgery, and manage chronic conditions, such as arthritis and diabetes. Without these medications, we would see higher mortality/morbidity rates, shorter lifespans, and degraded quality of life in our companion animals.

Dover Veterinary Hospital maintains a comprehensive pharmacy within our practice, and is able to quickly access any medication that is necessary for the care of your pet. Additionally, because we are the prescribing veterinarian, we are able to ensure there is a direct link between the exam room and our pharmacy. This means your pet receives the right medication, at the right dose, in the right form, as quickly as possible. We are able to instruct you on the medication's use, as well as monitor its effectiveness.

We carry a wide range of herbal medications and flea and tick control and prevention products that we can safely say are veterinarian-approved. Refills are easy too. Simply visit our online prescription refill form or give us a call and we can either mail them to you or have them ready at your next visit.


A diagnosis of cancer can be frightening. However, many pets respond extremely well to cancer treatments, which may include tumor removal surgery and/or chemotherapy, and go on to lead happy, healthy lives. Additionally, pets do not experience the same side effects from chemotherapy that people do.

If your pet is diagnosed with cancer, Dover Veterinary Hospital offers a number of services to help your pet better tolerate treatment, as well as remove cancerous tissue. Dr. Kristin Rennie often receives referrals for integrative treatments and nutritional therapy for cancer. Dr. Leanne Donovan is experienced at performing mass removals and we work with a specialty hospital that can provide more advanced oncology services.