Quarry Ridge Animal Hospital

30 Old Quarry Road
Ridgefield, CT 06877




Surgical Services

Annual Wellness Exams

Just like most humans, almost every pet will undergo a surgical procedure at some point in his or her life. Fortunately, our experienced doctors and technicians are trained to perform many types of elective and non-elective surgeries.

Our team and our facility are equipped to accommodate surgical patients from their initial evaluation and diagnosis, to developing a treatment plan, to managing recovery.

Elective Surgery
  • Bone fracture repair
  • Bone marrow aspiration
  • Deciduous and adult tooth extraction
  • Entropion repair
  • Oral surgery
  • Ovariohysterectomy (spay) & Neuter
  • Intestinal biopsy
  • Liver biopsy
  • Tail surgery
  • Tumor resection (removal)
  • Wound repair
Non-Elective Surgery
  • Bloat or Gastric Dilatation Volvulus (GDV) surgery
  • Cesarean Section
  • Cystectomy
  • Enterotomy
  • Exploratory abdominal surgery
  • Foreign body removal
  • Gastrostomy
  • Laceration repair
  • Limb amputation
  • Splenectomy
  • Traumatic injury repair
  • Tumor resection (removal)
Quarry Ridge Animal Hospital's Sterile Surgical Suite


When a pet has surgery, they require specialized attention before the procedure, during the procedure, and throughout recovery. Our veterinary surgeons and technicians prioritize your pet’s health, safety, and comfort during every stage of his or her treatment.

Prior to any anesthetic procedure, the veterinarian will examine your pet and run blood tests to check for underlying conditions like diabetes or heart, lung, kidney, and liver disease. We use the safest sedatives and anesthetics available, customizing treatment to each pet’s specific needs. We also tailor medication for post-operative pain management.

We use state-of-the-art equipment to monitor patients’ vital signs during all anesthetic procedures and during recovery. One of our experienced technicians will stay by your pet’s side, monitoring blood pressure, temperature, heart rate, alertness, and comfort.

All of our protocols adhere to the Anesthesia Guidelines outlined by the American Animal Hospital Association.


Operating in our surgical suite


Most pets have surgery in the morning and then spend time recovering under the close supervision of their doctor and techs. Usually, they can go home later the same day.

When you pick up your pet, one of our surgical techs will talk you through any post-operative pain medications, activity restrictions, incision care, and follow-up instructions.

We may send you and your pet home with an e-collar (a cone) to wear so they can’t lick their incision and/or stitches. In some cases, a soft “onesie” is a comfortable alternative—ask a tech if it’s an option for your pet!

A tech will give you a call the day after surgery, and you should feel free to call at any time if you have questions or concerns. We want your pet to have a safe and comfortable recovery.

Grace recovers from surgery in her Tui onesie

Specialty Surgery

When a pet requires a most sophisticated surgical procedure, Board Certified surgeon Dr. Phil Pacchiana, DVM, MS, DACVS, scrubs in right here at Quarry Ridge Animal Hospital.

Trained at the University of Minnesota School of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Pacchiana holds a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine and a Masters of Science in Veterinary Surgery, Anesthesiology and Radiology. He is Board Certified by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons.

Dr. Pacchiana performs orthopedic procedures including cruciate repair, patella luxation repair, fracture repair, closed and open joint reduction, femoral head and neck excision, and limb amputation; soft tissue surgeries including nephrectomies, liver lobectomies, thoracotomies, exploratories, advanced cancer resections, brachycephalic surgery, hernia repairs, tumor resections, and reconstructive surgeries; and neurological procedures including hemilaminectomies and vertebral fracture repairs.

Dr. Pacchiana has performed thousands of orthopedic, soft tissue, and neurosurgical procedures and has experience in treating almost all surgical conditions in cats and dogs.

Dr. Pacchianna with a patient recovering from orthopedic surgery