Providing Pet Surgery in Davenport, IA

Hearing your pet needs surgery can be nerve-wracking, but rest assured, at Animal Family Veterinary Care Center, we hold your pet’s comfort and safety as our main concern and will walk you through each step of our surgical process as part of our commitment to providing you and your companion with high quality medicine.

Have questions about your pet’s surgery or post-op care? Call us at Animal Family Veterinary Care Center today!

What to Expect

Prior to the start of your pet’s surgery, we will remove the hair from and clean the surgical site with antiseptic. Our team will scrub, cap, gown, and glove before entering the surgical suite and all the equipment used during your pet’s surgery is sterilized. To ensure your pet’s health and safety during surgery, we take the following measures:

• Almost all surgical patients will have an IV catheter placed prior to surgery to allow our team to administer any necessary medications or fluids during surgery. This will require a small amount of hair to be clipped from one of your pet’s front legs to ensure a sterile placement of the IV.

• Patients will be placed on heated blankets or Bair Hugger® air warmers to keep them warm and comfortable, as well as maintain body temperature throughout the procedure.

• Your pet may be placed under local or general anesthesia, and our team takes every precaution to ensure your pet’s safety. This includes using Isoflorane gas and Sevoflorane anesthesia, which are the safest means for delivering anesthesia.

• A certified veterinary technician will monitor your pet’s vitals including heart rate, continuous ECG (electrocardiogram) tracing, respiratory rate, blood pressure, pulse, and oxygenation saturation for the duration of the procedure.

• We utilize laser surgery which uses a concentrated beam of light to make surgical incisions instead of using a traditional scalpel blade. This is because laser surgery results in less pain and swelling and reduces bleeding and risk of infection.

• Every patient receives appropriate pain medication and monitoring once the surgery is finished. A trained surgical technician will discuss post-surgical care with you at your pet’s discharge appointment.

What To Expect

Types of Surgical Patients We See

Our team sees the following pet surgical patients:

• Dogs       • Cats       • Ferrets

This list is not exhaustive, and we recommend contacting the AFVCC team to discuss your pet’s condition.

The Importance of Spay and Neuter Surgeries

We recommend having all pets spayed and neutered due to the benefits it can have for them and your family. Millions of healthy pets are euthanized each year and we want to change that. In addition, spay and neuter surgeries can have health and behavioral benefits for your pets specific to each species, including:


  • Reduced risk of breast cancer, infected uterus, or mammary tumors in female dogs
  • Preventing heat cycles and possible pregnancy in female dogs
  • Decreased chance of developing prostate issues in male dogs


  • Preventing frequent heat cycles and physical discomfort in adult female cats
  • Decreased risk of marking in male cats
  • Preventing pregnancy in female cats who can usually have 2-3 litters of kittens per year


A pet ferret should also be spayed or neutered depending on their individual needs. We are happy to assess your pet’s health and help determine if your pet can be seen by our team. Call Animal Family Veterinary Care Center today at (563) 391-9522 to schedule an appointment for your pet. We require all pets to be assessed prior to any procedure to evaluate their health and determine pricing.