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General Surgery

At Riversbend Animal Hospital, we serve the greater Big Rapids area with comprehensive surgery for dogs, cats and other pets. Our practice is AAHA-accredited, so you know your pet is in safe, capable hands. From pre-surgery assessments to the very attire and equipment we use, we adhere to stringent AAHA standards.

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What We Do

Our doctors are skilled in performing general surgeries including spays and neuters, but also various soft tissue procedures.

Below is a list of our surgical procedures:

Soft Tissue Procedures

  • Spay and neuter surgeries
  • Prophylactic gastropexy
  • Mass removals
  • Cystotomy
  • Scheduled C-section

Ocular Procedures

  • Enucleation (eye removal)
  • Entropion, a genetic condition where the eyelid is folded inward
  • Cherry eye

Emergency Procedures

  • Laceration repair
  • Foreign body removal
  • GDV (twisted stomach)
  • Pyometra
  • Porcupine quill removal
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Surgical Procedure Overview

Our surgical equipment and facilities are top-notch. Furthermore, the surgical team makes sure your pet is safe and responding well to treatment. Before every surgery, we recommend each pet receive a pre-anesthetic exam and bloodwork to ensure they will tolerate general anesthesia. Then, once the procedure begins, we closely monitor your pet’s blood pressure, ECG (heart rhythm), pulse oximetry, and CO2 levels to discern any changes.

At Riversbend Animal Hospital, we also have the ability to perform specialized orthopedic and soft tissue procedures. For more information please contact us today.


Amazing staff that truly care about the animals they are caring for.

- Amy E.

Thank you so much for getting Duke in on such short notice. Dr Scott was great and so was everyone else. Highly recommend to anyone.

Debra C.

Very professional and very sweet people! Always do everything they can for you and your pet. You can tell they truly care about animals.

Autumn D.

Everyone we have interacted with has been so kind and helpful. Thank you for helping us take care of our fur babies!!

Elise G.

The entire staff is very kind and caring. I've been using Riversbend for 15 years and they have helped through all kinds of good, and bad, situations with my animals.

Tracy C.


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