Surgical & Recovery


The veterinary staff at Harden Ranch Veterinary Hospital is proud to offer the most advanced surgical techniques and technology. Before surgery, a complete physical examination and pre-anesthetic laboratory testing are performed on all patients to carefully screen for any underlying medical problems. Our surgery suite is temperature-controlled and has an advanced HEPA filter for the control of microorganisms. We have an advanced warming system to maintain patient body temperature at all times.

Advanced Laser Surgery

Veterinary laser surgery is a minimally invasive alternative to traditional surgery. In many procedures, lasers replace scalpels and are useful for a wide range of conditions such as cyst, tumor, and wart removal, and can even be used in declawing. Laser procedures result in less pain, less bleeding and less swelling. They reduce risk of infection and result in less post-operative discomfort. Harden Ranch Veterinary Hospital is proud to be one of the few hospitals in the Salinas and Monterey region qualified to offer laser surgery.

Laparoscopic Surgery

Harden Ranch Veterinary Hospital is one of few hospitals in the Salinas/Monterey region to offer laparoscopic surgery. This technique offers patients less pain as well as reduced recovery time. The procedure can be safely performed as an outpatient surgery, a far less stressful alternative for both patient and owner.

Laparoscopic spay is a minimally invasive surgical technique whereby the ovaries and/or uterus are removed through two very small incisions, each about the size of a pencil.

The laparoscopic spay is simple to perform, involves few complications and allows for better visualization of abdominal organs. It’s a humane and practical alternative to the traditional surgical spay.¬†Additional information about laparoscopic sterilization can be viewed at

HRVH also performs other minimally invasive surgical techniques, such as lap-assisted gastropexy, laparoscopic liver biopsy and laparoscopic exploratory surgery of the abdomen.


Using the information gained during the pre-anesthetic laboratory testing process, the anesthesia protocol is specifically tailored to each pet. We have a state-of-the-art anesthetic monitor and our nurses and doctors are highly trained in anesthetic safety. We also have a ventilator for respiratory support when necessary. After surgery, our patients wake up in our ICU unit under the direct supervision of attentive nursing staff and doctors.

Veterinary Specialists

There are times when your veterinarian at Harden Ranch Veterinary Hospital may feel it’s best to refer your pet to a specialist for a second opinion or other specialized care. Specialists may include a board certified veterinary cardiologist, surgeon, dermatologist, oncologist, neurologist or ophthalmologist.

As part of your pet’s health care team, these specialists communicate regularly with HRVH veterinarians to keep us informed on your pet’s progress. Follow-up tests and medication refills are most often done through our office.

Wellness care and immunizations are still provided through our hospital, as the referral veterinarians provide only specialty services and not routine care.

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Pain Management

Veterinary patients feel pain and discomfort under the same circumstances as people do. Recognizing and alleviating pain in animals is the essence of good patient care. We use a variety of pain management strategies to ensure your pet is as comfortable as possible during surgery and recovery.

Please feel free to discuss with us any questions you may have about your pet’s pain management plan.

Canine Rehabilitation Therapy

Our certified animal rehabilitation therapist works with post-operative orthopedic surgery patients to speed recovery, obese animals to aid in weight loss and animals with spinal cord disorders to improve range of motion and movement.

The process begins with a physical rehabilitation evaluation, assessing range of motion and establishing a baseline for your pet.

Based on your pet’s individual needs, a personal therapy regimen is developed to address short-term needs such as surgery rehabilitation, and/or long-term needs, such as chronic conditions like arthritis or quality of life.

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