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North Florida Animal Hospital

Other Surgical Services

We offer a wide variety of other surgery operations done by our expert staff. Learn more about all of the surgical procedures we can perform.

Neurologic Surgery

We Offer the Following Procedures:

Hemilaminectomy and Ventral Slot

TECA- Total Ear Canal Ablation

Ear surgery to relieve chronic ear disease.

Cosmetic Surgery


Cosmetic surgery may be performed on your pet if you wish. The two most common veterinary cosmetic surgeries are tail docking and ear cropping for dogs.

Why would my pet need cosmetic surgery?

Typical cosmetic surgeries have no proven medical benefit, and are purely performed for preference in appearance. Typical dog pedigree breeds these procedures are associated with are Doberman pinscher, German shorthaired pointers, schnauzers, boxer, Great Dane, and Pit Bull terrier.

When should my pet have cosmetic surgery?

Tail Docking or “bobbing” is the removal of part or all of a dog’s tail. This is typically done when the dog is just a few days old while their tail is still soft. There are no proven preventative or medical reasons for tail docking, although some argue that it can help hunting dogs or breeds with a lot of energy avoid injury when they are active. It is strictly used for appearance preferences at the owner’s request.

Ear Cropping is the removal off the floppy part of a dog’s ear. After removal, the ears are taped upright to a hard surface while they heal. This is typically done when the dog is 6-12 weeks old. Ear cropping is believed to increase hearing and decrease the risk of ear infection, although not scientifically proven. Ear cropping is desired by pet owners to uphold a certain look associated with a breed.

How should I inquire about these services?

Schedule an appointment with our veterinarians to discuss the benefits, risks and timelines of any cosmetic procedure.

Labor & Delivery


The creation of life is an exciting time. We are here to support and help with your pet's labor and delivery with trained doctors, technicians and modern technology. Giving birth at our hospital is the safest and most comfortable option for your pet.

When should I bring my pet to the hospital for labor and delivery?

If your pet has become pregnant or if you suspect your pet is pregnant, make an appointment with our veterinarians. We will perform a pre-natal exam as well as an ultrasound to determine how many puppies or kittens you can expect.

As your pet nears the end of pregnancy, look for signs that labor is beginning. These signs include restlessness, anxiety, panting, pacing, nesting, refusal to eat, or even trembling. This stage of labor can last anywhere between 6-36 hours, during which contractions are occurring. If your pet is expressing signs of labor, call our hospital immediately.

How do you provide care during labor and delivery?

Our primary focus is the health and comfort of your pet and the newborn animals. We will observe and support each stage of labor and delivery to ensure things go smoothly. If complications arise during labor, our veterinarians and technicians will treat your pet as needed.