From spays and bladder stone removal to splenectomies and gastrointestinal obstruction relief, Kailua Animal Clinic has experienced surgeons on staff. Throughout surgical procedures, careful anesthetic monitoring with cardiovascular and respiratory support is provided to every patient.

Anesthetic Monitoring

The anesthetic monitoring equipment utilized at Kailua Animal Clinic allows us to monitor blood pressure, pulse oximetry, carbon dioxide levels, EKG tracing, respiration, and temperature for our patients throughout surgical procedures.

Spay and Neuter

Unless you plan to breed your dog, spaying or neutering is recommended. This is generally done at 5-6 months of age, but please consult with the veterinarian as to the appropriate age for your pet to have surgery. If you do plan to breed your dog, we can recommend screening tests and provide information on breeding and whelping.

Spaying or neutering is recommended for all cats, and will help prevent unwanted behaviors such as roaming, fighting, and spraying. This is generally done at 5 months of age.

Surgery Process

Schedule Appointment

Please call us to schedule your pet’s initial exam to discuss the procedure and to be sure the patient is up to date on vaccines and testing required for a hospital visit. Samples for pre-surgical blood testing may be drawn. We will schedule the surgery appointment.


On the day of  your pet’s scheduled procedure, they will be admitted to the hospital between 7 and 8 am. Please fast your pet, no food after 8pm. Access to water is fine.

Your pets record will reviewed. Any needed blood testing will be performed. Your pet will receive a sedative, IV catheter and fluids, pain medication, and anesthesia. Most neuter patients go home the same evening, generally between 4 and 6 pm. Most spay patients spend the night in the hospital and are released the following day. The length of stay for other surgical patients depends on the patient and the procedure.

Microchipping for identification is often done at the time of spay/neuter surgery.

Post-Op Treatment

Pain mediation and any other needed medication will be sent home with your pet at discharge. It is important to plan for confinement and reduced activity for 10 days following surgery. An e-collar will be sent home with your pet to prevent licking or chewing at the incision. A recheck appointment will be scheduled to check the healing of the incision and to remove any skin sutures.