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Professional Veterinary Care and Surgical Services in Red Deer

At Cedarwood Veterinary Hospital, our veterinarians provide many surgical services, ranging from routine to advanced procedures. Our priority is ensuring that our patients receive the best possible outcome. That’s why we occasionally refer them to specialists (board-certified veterinary surgeons) to perform certain complex operations when advanced equipment or training will be beneficial. Our veterinary team always takes precautions to ensure that your pet receives a safe anesthetic. We perform a physical exam and pre-anesthetic testing before surgery, monitor your pet during surgery and provide pain medication during recovery.



There are many benefits to having your pet spayed. This procedure, which prevents female animals from becoming pregnant, can help prevent unwanted puppies and kittens and prevent pet overpopulation. It’s important to note that spaying your pet will not change its personality.

We offer the routine Ovariohysterectomy where both ovaries and the uterus are removed entirely. We also do Ovariectomies (removing ovaries only) and Ovarian Sparing Spays (where we leave one ovary behind but take the rest of the reproductive organs.

To set up an appointment to have your pet spayed or you pet spayed, or if you would like more information about this procedure, please give us a call or stop by our clinic. We will be happy to discuss any questions or concerns you may have.


We recommend neutering your cats at 6 months of age to help prevent cat overpopulation as well as to prevent spraying, roaming and inter-cat aggression. For dogs, we typically recommend you neuter them after 14 months of age, especially in the larger breeds. We recommend neutering your dog if he is likely to roam and therefore breed other dogs potentially or if he is showing other frustrating testosterone-related behaviors (marking in the house, fighting over females, sexual drive behaviours). Unneutered males will typically develop an enlarged prostate with age, which will lead to other health concerns.

Neutering involves the removal of cat or dogs testicles and requires that your pet is put under anesthesia. At our hospital, we follow very strict protocols and continually monitor your pet’s vital signs to help ensure his safety.

To set up an appointment, or if you have further questions about this procedure, please give us a call or stop by our clinic today.

Soft Tissue Surgery


At Cedarwood Veterinary Hospital, we offer many different types of soft tissue surgeries. These types of surgeries are not associated with an animal’s bones.

The removal of masses is the most common soft tissue surgery performed on pets. These masses can be present on the skin and also within the chest or abdomen. The veterinarians at Cedarwood perform abdominal surgeries, such as intestinal foreign body removal, Gastrodilation Volvulus emergency surgery, bladder surgery, as well as exploratory surgeries. We have a board-certified surgeon Dr. Graham Keys, who performs more challenging soft tissue surgeries as well.

Please contact us if you’d like to discuss how soft tissue surgery might be able to help your pet.

Orthopaedic Surgery

At Cedarwood Veterinary Hospital in Red Deer, we offer many types of orthopaedic (bone) surgeries. To ensure our patients receive the best possible outcome from our surgical services, we have a board-certified surgeon on staff, Dr. Graham Keys, to perform very complex surgeries.

The most common type of orthopaedic problem that we deal with at our clinic is leg fractures, usually as a result of a mishap with an automobile. These types of injuries can be treated in a number of ways depending on the type and location of the fracture. Dr. Keys is very skilled and experienced in treating fractures and can recommend the best options for your injured pet.

We also see a lot of joint injuries and diseases that Dr. Keys is able to treat, such as ACL injuries, angular limb deformities, hip injuries including dysplasia and dislocation. 

Please contact us if you’d like to discuss how we can help your pet with orthopaedic surgery. If you have a referral surgery for Dr. Keys, you can email the pet’s information to

If you have any questions about these procedures, or if you think your pet may benefit from them, please give us a call.

Here are a few websites for slings, which you may want to purchase before your pet has surgery:

Gingerlead - read support slings with lead. To order within Canada, click here.

K-9 Carts - slings, carts, etc. designed by a veterinary orthopaedic surgeon

Medical Services

We offer ultrasound, radiology, endocrinology, dentistry services and so much more


This minimally invasive procedure allows us to see inside an animal’s body and take biopsies without surgical intervention


If you notice your pet has bare patches, lumps or bumps, or is scratching excessively, give us a call right away

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