Pet Surgery

Pet Surgery in Creve Couer

Surgery. Just hearing the word can make some people feel a little uneasy, especially when the surgery involves their pet, but it doesn’t have to. Here at Heritage Veterinary Hospital, we make our patients’ safety and comfort a #1 priority with our pet surgery services—and every other service. This is indicated by our accreditation with the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA). As an AAHA-accredited practice, we meet the highest possible standards with our services, and we abide by the latest and safest surgical guidelines. This includes our sterilization and anesthesia protocols.

Pet Surgeries We Perform

Most surgeries are performed here in our Creve Couer pet hospital by Dr. Sanford. For certain complex or orthopedic procedures, we can either refer out to a board-certified surgeon or bring a surgical specialist in to our hospital. Whether the surgery is performed by our veterinarian or someone else, you will be given detailed information about what to expect before, during, and after your pet’s surgery, giving you peace of mind.


Some of the soft tissue and orthopedic pet surgeries we perform include:

What to Expect Before and After Surgery

Our facility was designed to give all of our patients the best experience possible. The multi-level design allows us to have a separate check-in area for our surgical patients, giving privacy to pets in surgery. As an AAHA-accredited practice, we use state-of-the-art equipment and technology for our patients. This includes our monitoring equipment. We monitor all patients’ blood pressure, CO2, EKG, and other vitals before, during, and after surgery.

Before your pet’s surgery, we’ll perform a comprehensive wellness exam and pre-anesthetic blood work. The results of these tests will either ensure that your pet is healthy enough for anesthesia or indicate underlying health issues that need to be treated first.

After your pet’s surgery is complete, we’ll contact you to give you an update and arrange a time for pickup. We’ll provide you with pain medication and instructions upon your arrival so your pet can recover as comfortably as possible. Please feel free to ask us any questions by calling (314) 878-8454 you have during your pet’s recovery. We’ll be happy to help.