Southside Animal Hospital



Surgery is often the most effective way to treat serious injuries and disorders. 

Our hospital provides surgical services ranging from standard spaying and neutering to orthopedic procedures. We perform a physical exam and preanesthetic testing before surgery, monitor your pet during surgery, and provide appropriate pain medication to keep your pet comfortable during recovery.

Our veterinary team will walk you through the entire process, giving you all the information you need to make informed decisions regarding your pet’s treatment options. We understand surgery is a stressful time for any owner, and we’re available every step of the way to answer questions and put your mind at ease.

If you are considering surgery for your pet, please contact us to schedule a consultation by calling (850) 682-2626.


Southside Animal Hospital strongly recommends that you spay or neuter your pet. Spaying or neutering is important because it:

  • Promotes health and longevity
    This procedure is very safe and helps prevent cancer of the mammary and testicles, uterine infections, and prostate problems in animals
  • Helps control overpopulation
    Many pets are euthanized simply because there is no room in shelters; spaying and neutering is the single most important thing you can do to change this situation
  • Reduces many problem behaviors
    Such as urine marking, aggression, and wandering and roaming

The best time to spay or neuter your pet is around 6 months of age. An altered pet lives longer, generally has fewer medical problems and displays a better temperament if this is done at an early age. 

Spaying and neutering help our community with pet overpopulation. According to the Humane Society of the United States, between 6- 8 million pets enter U.S. animal shelters every year. Only about half are adopted, meaning the rest—mostly healthy, adoptable dogs and cats—are euthanized.

If you have questions about spaying or neutering, or would like to make an appointment, call us at (850) 682-2626.

Orthopedic Surgery

CCL Repair

It’s extremely common for dogs—especially older and overweight dogs—to rupture their cranial cruciate ligaments (CCL). This ligament is found in the knee and its human equivalent is the anterior cruciate ligament, or ACL. When a dog ruptures this ligament, the knee joint becomes unstable, and they will limp on the affected limb. Because CCL tears cause such significant mobility issues for pets, it’s important to get these injuries treated as quickly as possible.

To schedule a consultation for cranial cruciate ligament repair with one of our veterinarians, call us at (850) 682-2626.