We are open to the general public, you do not have to live in Surry County to use our services. We offer wellness exams, vaccinations and preventative care. We also perform spays and neuters, hernia repairs, dental cleanings and mass removals. We are also available for minor illness such as ear infections, skin infections, etc. Please feel free to call and ask about specfic cases. We refer pets with problems that require hospitalization, xrays/ultrasound and extensive follow up care to a full service or specialty practice. We are not equipped or available to handle emergencies.

All procedures and surgeries are performed by Anthony E. Russo, DVM. Dr. Russo graduated from Purdue University in 2000. He has experience working in private practice including veterinary ER, the U.S. Army and many years of shelter work.

Hours of operation:

We are available on a limited basis at this time.

Monday Closed unless surgery day
Tuesday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Wednesday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Thursday Closed unless surgery day
Friday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed

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All surgeries and procedures are performed by Anthony E. Russo, DVM.

Dr. Russo graduated from Purdue University in 2000. He has experience, working in private practice, the U.S. Army and animal shelters.


Office Visit $45
Vaccines (each) $20 – $25
Heartworm + Tick disease test $35
FELV/FIV Test $45
Nail Trim (during surgery) $20
Rabies only (no exam) $25
Microchip $35
Surgeries Call for estimate

*Prices subject to change.

*Call for surgery pricing.

For dogs we carry Interceptor Plus heartworm preventative and Bravecto, Credelio and Seresto for fleas and ticks.

For cats we carry Advantage-Multi, Revolution, Seresto and Bravecto Plus.

Please note:

  • All surgical fees include a full physical exam, anesthesia, surgery, pain medication administered before and after sugery and an injection of antibiotics post operatively.

  • All pets must be up to date on Rabies vaccines by NC law.

  • It is your responsibility to obtain your pet’s medical records. If you do not provide the records on the day of the procedure, a rabies vaccine will be given at your expense.

  • The veterinarian reserves the right to cancel any surgery for any reason.

  • Any pets with fleas will be treated at the owner’s expense.

  • You must schedule an appointment for surgeries or vaccines! Please call or email.

  • Payment is due on morning of surgery. We accept cash or money orders. No credit cards or payment plans please.

  • All services are by appointment only.

  • Please call for pricing of additional services not listed.

  • Additional surgeries such as dental extractions and mass removals will be priced on an individual basis. Please contact us for more information.


Having your pets spayed (females) or neutered (males) helps keep them healthy. The risk of uterine, ovarian and mammary cancer in females and testicular cancer in males is greatly reduced. It also eliminates the risk of pyometra (severe uterine infection) in females and prostate disease in males, both of which are very expensive to treat and can be deadly. Spaying and neutering greatly increases your pet’s life expectancy.

When a dog or cat is spayed, their reproductive organs are removed while she is under anesthesia. This includes their ovaries, fallopian tubes and uterus. When a dog or cat is neutered, the testicles are removed while he is under anesthesia. Some males may have an undescended testicle, which means it is not in the scrotal sac. It is usually found in the abdomen or inguinal region through an additional incision. It is still important to have this testicle removed as it can become cancerous or diseased if it is left behind.

The surgery is performed under anesthesia with pain medication, so your pet will not feel anything. Any post operative discomfort can be taken care of with additional pain medication.

Most veterinarian recommend having your pets fixed between 8 – 24 wks of age. This is prior to a female’s first heat which is usually around 6 months.

Sterilizing your pet can affect the metabolism, especially in males. As long as you continue to monitor their diet and ensure they get regular exercise they should maintain a healthy weight.

No! This is a myth. Spaying your female dog prior to her first heat cycle reduces her chance of mammary cancer by 80%. Having your female cat spayed before she is 6 months old reduces her risk of mammary cancer by 91%.

Every year an estimated 6 to 8 million pets are euthanized in shelters every year. Many of these pets are perfectly healthy, but there is just no room for them. There are around 5000 animals born every hour in the United States, and only 500 humans born at the same time. An unspayed canine, her mate and their offspring can potentially produce 67,000 dogs in 6 years. At the same time, an unspayed feline, her mate and offspring can produce 420,000 in just 7 years. With numbers like these, even if every family in the U.S. adopted a pet and had it sterilized, there would still be homeless animals. Having your pet sterilized helps combat pet overpopulation.

Pet overpopulation leads to millions of stray and unwanted animals. Dogs and cats running free come in contact with many other animals and therefore are likely to spread diseases such as rabies, feline aids, feline leukemia and parvo virus. Stray animals can be dangerous, they may bite humans or attack other pets, they can also cause accidents when they run in the road. They can also be a nuisance by getting into your garbage and deficating on property. In addition, these stray animals are very hard on the wildlife.

Any changes due to sterilizing your pet will be positive. Dogs and cats are less likely to stray when they are fixed because they will not feel the need to search for a mate. Males also will fight less because they will not be competing for mates. Female dogs will not go into heat. Male cats will be less likely to spray or scent mark.

Yes! Spaying or neutering your pet is a much cheaper alternative to caring for a pregnant female, raising a litter, or treating an illness such as infection, cancer or prostate disease.


  • Payment is due at drop off on day of service. We accept cash or money order only. NO CREDIT CARDS OR CHECKS.

  • Pets must be at least 2lbs and 12 wks old to be eligible for surgery.
  • Drop off is between 7:45 AM and 8:00 AM in the morning. Please make sure you bring your vaccine records. Please have cat carriers marked with your first and last name and your pet’s name. Walk your dogs prior to drop off.

  • Pets must be fasted the night before surgery. No food after midnight for adult pets. Puppies and kittens can be fed a small amount of food in the morning. Water is okay at all times.

  • All pets must be up to date on their rabies vaccine. Proof from a veterinarian is required. A rabies tag will not be accepted as proof. We will not call other offices for records, that is the client’s responsibility. If rabies vaccine is not up to date you will be required to purchase one on the day of surgery.

  • Please do not bring sick pets in for surgery. We rely on you to know if your pet has had any signs of illness such as vomiting, diarrhea, coughing, discharge from eyes or nose. If you have concerns please let us know right away.

  • All dogs must be leashed. Cats MUST be in carriers, NO EXCEPTIONS! Feral cats may be brought in traps.

  • We require 72 hour cancellation notice. Last minute cancellations and no shows will not be rescheduled. If you cancel at the last minute or do not show up, you will have to come in and pre-pay for your surgery before we reschedule. The fee is non-refundable.

  • Pets over the age of 7 years are considered geriatric. We highly recommend a full blood screen completed 1 week prior to surgery for these pets.

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(336) 374-2262

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134 Paw Print Trl, Ararat, NC 27007