Soft Tissue Surgery

At Merrillville Animal Hospital, we take immense pride in our ability to perform veterinary surgeries when your pet needs it most. Our experienced team of doctors and staff make it their number one priority to focus on pain management, patient safety, and employing the most current surgical practices to ensure your pet receives the best veterinary care around. Our team will be working with you before, during and after surgery to address any questions or concerns you may have about the procedure, anesthesia, or postoperative care. We will make sure you are equipped with all the knowledge you need in order to make sure your pet makes a full recovery.


We perform a number of soft tissue surgery procedures regularly. If we are unable to perform the procedure your pet needs, we can discuss referral options. We are happy to refer our clients to Purdue University and MedVet Chicago.

Most pets undergoing a surgical procedure will require general anesthesia. For some minor procedures (laceration repairs, broken toenails, oral foreign body removal, etc…), sedation with reversible drugs may be substituted. This is under the discretion of the veterinarian. Should your pet require general anesthesia, we want you to be informed and comfortable with the process.

Anesthesia: What to Expect

Anesthesia Guidelines for Dogs and Cats AAHA

Prior to your pet’s scheduled surgery, we require that you fill out a consent form. You may print this out and bring it with you or we will provide it for you the day of your pet’s scheduled surgery.

Surgical Consent Form

While your pet is under anesthesia, we closely monitor their vital signs. Each pet undergoing an anesthetic procedure will have one of our staff members dedicated to maintaining their anesthetic record which will then become part of their medical record.

Anesthesia Monitoring Form