When Your Pet Needs Surgery, Cedar Bluff Animal Clinic Can Help

At some point in your pet’s life, he or she may need surgery. Cedar Bluff Animal Clinic’s experienced veterinarians can perform many surgical procedures for your cat or dog, including:

  • Mass removals and biopsies
  • Spays
  • Neuters
  • Front declaws
  • GI surgeries (foreign bodies)
  • Cyst removal
  • Oral dental extractions
  • Oral mass removals
  • Skin biopsies
  • Amputations

We recommend pre-operative blood tests for all pets, always tailored to your individual dog or cat’s breed, age, and clinical condition. Before any surgery, all pets are given an intravenous (IV) catheter to administer fluids. A licensed, experienced technician monitors every pet before, during, and after the procedure. Warm-water circulating blankets are used for thermal support. To monitor your pet during procedures, we use:

  • Doppler blood pressure monitoring
  • Esophageal stethoscopes
  • ECG monitoring
  • Pulse oximetry


For most orthopedic surgery, more involved procedures, or if we determine that your pet requires 24-hour monitoring, we will refer you to our colleagues at the University of Tennessee, located only 20 minutes away.

Spay or Neuter Your Pet

Spaying and neutering help to make sure that your pet does not add to the pet overpopulation problem. These procedures also are beneficial for several potential health concerns:

  • Sterilization, on average, results in increased life spans for both cats and dogs.
  • Spaying your dog before the first heat cycle reduces her chance of mammary cancer and uterine infections.
  • Spayed and neutered pets are less apt to roam.
  • Neutered and spayed pets tend to be more even-tempered and can be less aggressive.

If you have any questions about neutering or spaying your pet, feel free to give us a call at (865) 693-8212.

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