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(520) 577-3100
5655 E River Rd #171
Tucson, AZ 85750


Pet Surgery in Tucson Arizona from River Road Pet ClinicOur surgery center is well equipped and properly staffed to help us provide the very best care for your pet. Our surgical suite accommodates everything from routine lacerations to complicated major surgeries and orthopedic procedures. Patients receive customized pre-anesthetic and anesthetic drugs based on their current condition, age, and breed. We use a very safe gas anesthetic, along with sophisticated monitoring and support equipment to ensure safety. Additionally, we have a trained technician dedicated to your pet throughout the entire procedure, monitoring vital signs and ensuring that our patients are warm and comfortable from the start of anesthesia throughout recovery.

Safety and comfort
We strongly recommend, and often require, pre-anesthetic blood testing prior to any anesthetic procedure. Anesthesia is processed primarily by the liver and kidneys. Our preanesthetic screens verify that these organs are functioning properly. Some other important levels we check are your pet’s blood glucose and protein levels. A QBC (quantitative blood count) is done to evaluate your pet’s white and red blood cells, as well as platelet levels. Low platelets can have a serious effect on the bloods ability to clot properly. These are all crucial steps to minimizing your pet’s risk while under anesthesia. If abnormalities are found in the bloodwork, your pet’s procedure could be delayed.

An Electrocardiogram, or EKG, is preformed prior to anesthesia to evaluate the rate and rhythm of the heart. Additional tests may be recommended if any abnormalities are found.

An intravenous catheter is placed in all pets to provide a port for anesthetic drugs and IV fluids to be given. Anesthesia can cause the blood pressure to decrease. IV Fluids at a continuous rate help to maintain proper blood pressure and improve anesthetic recovery. Our hospital uses an infusion pump to appropriately regulate fluids for your pet. Fluid rates are selected for each patient based on their weight, anesthetic risk, and preanesthetic testing results. IV fluids also assist in processing the anesthesia, taking some of the work off the liver and kidneys. Another benefit is safety. Because of the risk of low blood pressure under anesthesia, it is very difficult to place an IV catheter should your pet have a medical concern while under anesthesia. Without an IV catheter, critical drugs needed for emergency treatment may not be able to be given.

All animals placed under anesthesia have an endo-tracheal tube placed to provide continuous oxygen and gas anesthesia. The endo-tracheal tube protects the airway from fluids and secretions that may be produced. It also makes certain that the airway remains open.

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Advanced Monitoring

Our team is trained and equipped with the latest technology to allow advanced  surgical monitoring throughout your pet’s anesthetic procedure. You can have peace of mind that there is a watchful eye on your pet from the start of anesthesia through recovery.

We have a dedicated technician to monitor each pet while it is under anesthesia. Their sole responsibility is to monitor the pet’s heart rate, oxygen saturation, respirations and temperature. While we utilize sophisticated monitoring equipment, nothing can replace human eyes and ears. Our surgical technicians are with your pet from the time it is placed under anesthesia until it is awake and transferred to recovery. Our recovery suite is in the main area of the hospital where patients are under constant supervision by our staff until discharged.


An Electrocardiogram, or EKG, is preformed in order to evaluate the rate and rhythm of your pet’s heart. This is used to determine if the heart is healthy and functioning properly or if there are any abnormalities. There are a wide variety of additional tests and treatments if abnormalities do show up during the test. This is a standard way of ensuring your pets live a full and healthy life!

Spaying and Neutering

We offer the common practice of spaying and neutering your dogs and cats. If you have specific questions about the process or if you are unsure if you want to spay or neuter your pets, we recommend that you click below:

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Soft Tissue Surgery

The RRPC staff is experienced and able to handle many surgical situations. Everything from routine lacerations and mass removals to complex abdominal procedures and oral surgeries.  We utilize Board Certified Veterinary Pathologists at the University of Arizona for quick accurate biopsy results.

Pet Orthopedics

We offer a variety dog and cat orthopedic services based on their specific and individual needs. We understand that each situation is unique and offers its own complications and challenges. Please inquire and we can help today.