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Hemlock Bluffs Animal Hospital of Holly Springs provides a wide variety of surgical procedures, including almost any internal medicine or orthopedic procedure that your dog, cat or other pet may need. We utilize our surgical laser to decrease pain, decrease healing time and virtually eliminate surgical blood loss.  Our Veterinary Surgical Specialists are readily available to provide these surgical procedures for pet owners in Cary, Apex, Fuquay-Varina and all of southern Wake County.

What to Expect for Your Pet’s Surgery

We pride ourselves on providing a good patient experience during any surgery. Our vet surgeons first perform a pre-surgical exam and pre-surgical blood work to determine if the patient is in optimal shape for surgery that day. All surgeries receive an IV catheter, warm IV fluids and IV pain medication before, during and after the procedure. They are monitored during surgery by a trained anesthesia nurse and computerized monitoring equipment that measures heart rate, temperature, respiratory rate, blood pressure and oxygen levels constantly. They receive the fastest and safest gas anesthesia available on the market today to help decrease anesthetic “hang over”.

All surgical patients at Hemlock Bluffs Animal Hospital are wrapped in a warm water recirculating blanket to keep them warm during surgery and will remain in the warming blanket through recovery. They wake up with their own personal recovery nurse who monitors their heart rate, temperature, respiratory rate and pain perception rate every 5 minutes during the post-operative period. They will awaken with light classical music in a quiet, warm and padded environment. They even receive a snuggle buddy (an oversized teddy bear) that helps to decrease stress during recovery and give them something to snuggle with during the day.

Your Pet’s Recovery Process

After recovery, the anesthesia nurse will give you a call and let you know how the procedure went. She or he will then schedule a dismissal appointment with the doctor. At the dismissal appointment your pet’s doctor will go over the post-operative care instructions, answer any questions you may have and provide you with a written set of instructions to follow specific for your pet and their surgery. Any follow up appointments will be scheduled at this time. Lastly, we will call you the next day to find out how you and your pet are doing.

Laser Surgery

Hemlock Bluffs Animal Hospital of Holly Springs is one of the few hospitals in Cary, Holly Springs, Apex, Fuquay Varina and the entire Raleigh – Durham Triangle area to offer laser surgery. These are a few of the many reasons why we feel a surgical laser is a “must have” for our surgical patients:

  • Reduced Bleeding – The CO2 laser beam seals rather than cuts vessels as it makes the incision, thereby reducing bleeding by 90%;. This reduces the burden of surgery on the body and allows a fast recovery.
  • Reduced Infection – The CO2 laser kills microorganisms as it cuts, resulting in fewer post-operative infections.
  • Reduced Pain – The CO2 laser seals nerve endings as it incises and effectively reduces pain after surgery.
  • Reduced Swelling – Physical contact with the skin does not occur with a surgical laser. The C02 beam penetrates the tissue from a distance. No part of the instrument ever contacts the surgical field. Because there is no contact, the bruising and tissue damage that occurs with a traditional scalpel is never encountered. Post-operative inflammation is virtually nonexistent.
  • Extreme Surgical Precision – The CO2 laser emits a focused beam that is smaller than a pinpoint. This tiny pulse of energy allows our surgeons a level of accuracy that cannot be achieved with a traditional scalpel.

What procedures can be done with the Laser?

Most any!!! Spays, Neuters, Declaws, Tumor/Lump removals, Skin Tags, Ear Polyps, Eye surgery & much more!

Your pet will appreciate the reduction in post-operative discomfort after their laser procedure. Your pet will be able to resume their normal activities much quicker than with conventional surgical methods.



Moving to Hemlock Bluffs Animal Hospital was the best choice for our family! From the moment we arrive for appointments, our pets are welcomed and made to feel comfortable.  Every member of the staff, from the technicians to the doctors are very knowledgeable, and really take the time to listen and answer any questions or address concerns that we may have. Our dog, Fletcher is always so happy to greet the staff at the front desk when we arrive...of course they have the best treats! The doctors have been so wise as we have navigated Fletcher's allergy issues, which has been new territory for us. We know Fletcher is receiving the very best attention and care, as well as our 2 cats. Trust is so important, and we are thankful that we have a wonderful and caring animal hospital like Hemlock Bluffs in our community!

Amy Erb

Great place with professional, courteous staff. Been going there for over 10 years. Dr. Snyder is very special.

Stu Allen

We recently switched to Hemlock based on great recommendations for general care for our 4-year old Lab, Molly. Last week, she suddenly became ill and needed medical attention. The staff made immediate accommodations to see her and took phenomenal care of her. Dr. Snyder was very thorough in her diagnosis of pancreatitis and took time both on the phone and in person to explain everything and answer all of our questions. She even called after hours to check and see how Molly was doing the evening we brought her home, which was a very nice touch. It was a long day, but our worry was eased knowing our baby was in the hands of professionals who truly care. I have no hesitation recommending Hemlock Bluffs to anyone, and they’re worth a drive if you don’t live nearby.

Drew Questell

I cannot say enough good things about Hemlock Bluffs. Friendly and welcoming staff every visit. I wouldn't trust anywhere else with my pups.

Amber Lynn

Hemlock Bluffs is unlike any other vet I’ve been to. The clinic and staff are incredibly warm, and you can see their eyes light up as soon as they see your pet. It’s clear they care, and will sit down and take the time to listen. I’ve never had an issue getting my cat seen, especially when she’s sick. Dr. Parker is amazing!

Olivia Miller
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