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General Surgery | Northridge Animal Medical Center
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From spaying and neutering to comprehensive dental cleanings, Northridge Animal Medical Center is proud to offer the high-quality and affordable procedures our pets need to feel their best.

General Pet Surgery

The most common surgeries we perform for our furry patients include:

Spaying and neutering

These procedures are done to render your pet incapable of reproducing.

Removing Masses

If your pet has been diagnosed with a tumor or cancerous cells, the surgical removal of these growths may be necessary.

Dental Cleanings

While your pet is under general anesthesia, we will thoroughly clean the gum-line and scale and polish the crown of his teeth.

Emergency Care

Our facility is equipped to handle virtually any emergency situation your pet may experience. When time is of the essence and your best friend needs medical attention fast, you can count on us.

Gastro-intestinal Surgery

Our surgeons are specially trained to perform a variety of procedures involving the entire gastrointestinal tract, including the stomach, small intestines, colon and more.

Bladder Procedures

Bladder surgery may be recommended if our doctors need to remove bladder stones, diagnose bladder tumors or repair injuries to the area.

Is surgery the right choice for your pet?

Although most of the procedures we perform at our clinic are low-risk, we recommend proceeding cautiously when surgery is concerned. During your pet’s initial visit to our office, we will thoroughly evaluate his or her unique situation, taking into account:

  • The animal’s age and overall health
  • Potential surgical complications and risks
  • Adverse health outcomes for the animal if surgery is not performed
  • Physical therapy and rehabilitation requirements
  • Expected recovery time and intensiveness

Ultimately, the decision to move forward with surgery is yours to make. However, our team will be there to guide you every step of the way.

When your best friend needs surgeryWhat to expect

Shortly after arriving at our clinic on surgery day, we will order blood work to ensure that your pet is healthy enough to receive anesthesia. From there, we will place an IV catheter in one of his limbs so that fluids and medications can be administered easily. Throughout surgery, your animal will receive anesthetic gas, oxygen and pain medication to ensure his comfort and safety.

After the procedure, your pet will not seem like himself. He may be sleepy and less coordinated, and you will likely notice excessive drooling. This is all normal. However, if you witness severe vomiting, diarrhea, swelling and unresponsive behavior, contact us immediately.

Pet anesthesia: What you need to know

For many animal lovers, the idea of their best friend going under anesthesia is extremely distressing. However, you can rest assured that your pet is safe at Northridge Animal Medical Center.

We adhere to the strictest guidelines for administering anesthesia, and we make sure that your pet is stabilized and low-risk before beginning surgery. There are risks whenever anyone – animal or human – goes under anesthesia, but we do everything within our power to minimize those risks and keep your best friend safe.

Competitive pricing. Compassionate surgeons.The procedures your pet needs to feel his best.

The Northridge Animal Medical Center performs virtually every general procedure your pet needs to be healthy. In addition to administering safe and high-quality veterinary care you can trust, we are known for our affordability – and can often beat the prices offered by other clinics.

Contact us today to learn more

Make an appointment today

If your best friend is in need of a general surgical procedure – such as a dental cleaning or spaying and neutering – contact our Northridge office today to schedule an appointment.


  • Monday 9:00am 6:00pm
  • Tuesday 9:00am 6:00pm
  • Wednesday 9:00am 6:00pm
  • Thursday 9:00am 6:00pm
  • Friday 9:00am 6:00pm
  • Saturday & Sunday Closed

Dear NAMC Family:

With COVID-19 in the forefront of everyone's minds, we would like to update you on measures that we are taking to help keep us all (two-legged and four-legged) healthy and cared for.

As safety is our top priority, Northridge Animal Medical Center is strongly recommending that clients not attend their pets' appointments and adhere to our new Drop-Off Policy.

For drop-off, please call us as you are arriving in our rear parking lot and an attendant will take your pet in for you. For pick-up, please arrive five minutes prior to the end of your pet's appointment or at the time specified by our team, pick up at our rear entrance and an attendant will bring your pet to your car. Of course you may also wait for us to finish our evaluation and call you with our findings and treatment plans.

Our phone number is (818) 886-1216.

Please specify your concerns and share updates about your pet on the Drop-Off Form provided. You can also email us with your pet’s concerns. Updates following treatment will be emailed to you or shared over the phone. We also may email you images or videos as a visual aid when needed or required.

In addition to the above logistical changes, we have already implemented enhanced sanitation measures within the building, including:

  • Additional hand sanitizing stations throughout facility
  • Disinfection of facility several times daily
  • Educating employees on best practices to avoid spread of pathogens


We appreciate you so much. Thank you for bearing with us as we move forward.

Lots of well wishes,

Dr. Frank Marco and the Northridge Animal Medical Center Team