Ohio Veterinary Surgery & Neurology

SurgeryLocated at Metropolitan Veterinary Hospital, we are a large team of board-certified doctors and technicians invested in caring for your pet's surgical and neurologic needs. With doctors specializing in soft-tissue, oncologic, neurologic and orthopedic surgery, our practice offers the knowledge and skill required to meet your pet's medical needs.

In addition, understanding your concern for your pet, we aim to alleviate any apprehension by keeping you well informed throughout your pet's stay in the hospital. While the surgery and neurology service is generally in the hospital from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. until noon on Saturdays, we are open and fully-staffed 24 hours a day — offering you and your pet around the clock care and attention.

Getting Treatment

To make an appointment or receive treatment from our board-certified specialists, you'll need a referral from your veterinarian.
Meet Our Doctors Referral Form Drop Off Form New Patient Packet (Surgery) New Patient Packet (Neurology)

Our Services

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Soft Tissue/Oncology Surgery

Focusing solely on soft-tissue and oncologic surgery, Dr. Padgett is able to offer elite knowledge of and surgical treatment for respiratory conditions (laryngeal paralysis, tracheal collapse, chylothorax) endocrine conditions (thyroid disorders, adrenal glands, pancreatic abnormalities), portosystemic shunts and many neoplastic conditions.Minimally invasive surgery (laparoscopy and thoracoscopy) allow us to perform many advance procedures in the abdomen or thorax with less potential discomfort and much shorter recovery times. Using small incisions and an inserted camera, we can perform full exploratory surgery, biopsy multiple organs, remove masses, and perform many other procedures. Hospitalization time is shortened and pets are much happier!

All of our surgeons are at the forefront of pain management. We spare nothing to make sure our patients are comfortable.


Metropolitan Veterinary Hospital is one of the few referral hospitals in the nation with both on-site CT and MRI. We are also the only veterinary hospital in Northeast Ohio with a superconducting high-field MRI. This technology combined with the skill and expertise offered by Dr. Axlund (our board certified neurologist with an extensive medical and surgical neurologic background) makes Metro a facility unparalleled in Ohio.

Specialists at Metropolitan Veterinary Hospital have been using non-invasive procedures for the diagnosis of intervertebral disk disease in chondrodystrophic dogs for over 2 years. We are pleased to announce that in our hospital, invasive neurologic testing is becoming a thing of the past for many paralyzed patients! Utilizing our helical CT scanner and advanced techniques, we are able to offer quick and accurate diagnosis and lessen the anesthesia and potential complications associated with traditional procedures.

Orthopedic Surgery

Ohio Veterinary Surgery and Neurology has been performing hip replacement surgery at Metropolitan Veterinary Hospital (MVH) since 2000. Since 2007, both cemented and cementless implants have been used with success.

By focusing solely on orthopedic surgery, Dr. Daye can offer arthroscopy, the most advance cruciate ligament repairs (TPLO, TTA), advanced surgical therapy of elbow and hip dysplasia (TPO, total hip replacement (cemented and cementless), sliding humeral osteotomy (SHO) for elbow arthritis, distal femoral osteotomy (DFO) for severe patellar luxations, and repair of simple to complex fractures and angular deformities. In addition, many closed/limited approach procedures can be performed using fluoroscopy.

Using the advanced technology available at MVH, Dr. Daye can diagnose and treat many shoulder, elbow, carpal, stifle, and hock conditions entirely arthroscopically. Sacroiliac luxations, coxofemoral luxations, ligament avulsions, and even spinal fractures can be treated through stab incisions using fluoroscopy, thereby minimizing patient discomfort and recuperation time.

Our Practice

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Frequently Asked Post-Op Questions (FAQs)

Q: When will my pet have a bowel movement?
A: It is normal for your pet to have a bowel movement any time after surgery but it can be 3-5 days after surgery before a bowel movement is seen. This is due to a combination of fasting, anesthesia and medications that have been sent home with your pet. Please call our office if your pet is straining to defecate or if no bowel movement has been seen 5 days after surgery.

Q: What if my pet has diarrhea?
A:  Some diarrhea can be a common side effect for some pets due to the stress of surgery and the change in their daily routine.  Please call our office if the diarrhea is lasting more than 48 hours after being home or if your pet seems to be having an excessive amount of diarrhea. Occasionally there can be a small amount of bright red blood in the diarrhea if you pet has been stressed, but again, please call our office if you think it is excessive or if you are concerned.

Q: What if my pet seems to be urinating large amounts often or leaking urine while resting?
A: You pet received a lot of IV fluids while in hospital. It can take 2-3 days for those to be flushed out of their system and things to return to normal. Also, some medications used during surgery can affect your pet’s ability to urinate normally for a couple days. Offer additional short walks and additional time outside to give them the opportunity to relieve themselves more frequently. Please call our office if you pet has not urinated at all in 24 hours or if you think they are straining to urinate.

Q: What do I do if my pet won’t take their medications?
A: Bread cream cheese, peanut butter or chicken meat balls are great at hiding medications. First offer them the treat without the pill, then hide pill in the next offering and lastly offer again without the medication. Pill Pockets™, which are sold at most pet stores, are another great way to hide medication and can be used similarly to the aforementioned treats.

Some pharmacy will provide gel caps. These can be used to hide your pet’s pill in. They mask the taste and your pet may take them better in treats than just the pill itself.

If your pet still doesn’t take the medication, a pill gun or pill stick can be used to push the pill to the back of the throat. Once the medication is there, remove the pill gun or stick and close your pet’s mouth. Rub their neck until they swallow. A small amount of water can also be syringed into their mouth to help them swallow.

If you continue to have difficulty getting your pet to take their medications, please call our office.

Q: How long should I give medications for?
A: It is important to finish all medications provided as directed. It is especially important to finish all antibiotics as prescribed unless directed otherwise.

Q: What if the medication is making my pet sick?
A: If you think you pet is not tolerating the medications well, first make sure you try giving the medications with a small meal, unless otherwise instructed. If you are still concerned your pet is sick from the medications, please call our office so we can discuss what the next steps should be.

Q: Can all the medications sent home with my pet be given together?
A: Unless otherwise directed in your discharge paperwork, all medications being set home are safe to be given at the same time.

Q: When can my pet have a bath?
A: We recommend your pet does not have a full bath or get groomed until their incision has healed (usually after two the week recheck).

Q: What if I have questions after the surgery service has closed for the day?
A: You can always call Metropolitan Veterinary Hospital ER service at 330-666-2976. However, they do not have the intimate knowledge nor same relationship we have with your pet, so please be patient while they help answer your after hours questions. When calling, please inform them with whom your pet had surgery, what the surgery was and how long ago the surgery was performed.

Consistent Contact

You will receive a call immediately following your pet’s procedure to let you know their status and the outcome of the procedure or surgery.

In addition, you will receive a call from us every morning that your pet is in the hospital. We perform rounds first thing in the morning and then call you with an update. We will also call you in the evenings — offering an update on how your pet did throughout the day.


Visits are encouraged if you think your pet will appreciate them! Visiting hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Simply ask a staff member for more details.

Patient Release

When your pet is ready to go home, we ask that you pick up your pet while the surgical service is still in the hospital (typically between the hours of 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday) so we can prepare you properly. Staff will review your written instructions, review medications and gladly address any concerns you may have.


After a pet's undergone a procedure, questions are common. If you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to call! If your call is after hours, just leave a voicemail and we’ll get back to you the next business day. If your call is of an urgent nature after hours, call the hospital and inform the emergency service of your concerns.

Current Clinical Investigations

Effect of peri- and post-operative management techniques on incidence of pneumonia in idiopathic canine laryngeal paralysis
Dr. S. Padgett: In progress, accepting patients.

"Long-term outcome and complications of 34 distal femoral osteotomies performed for correction of MPL in dogs without cranial cruciate disease."
Dr. Dustine D Spencer, Nick Crawfis, and Dr. R. Mark Daye: In progress, accepting patients.
"A prospective, randomized comparison of post-operative antibiotic usage in clean, elective stifle orthopedic procedures."
Dr. D. Spencer, Amanda Sheets, and Dr. R. Mark Daye: In progress, accepting patients.
"Prospective evaluation of a citrate-based biomaterial wedge for Modified Maquet procedure in the treatment of cranial cruciate ligament rupture in dogs."
Dr. R. Mark Daye and Dr. Alex Terreros: In progress, accepting patients.
"Modified cranial closing wedge osteotomy for the treatment of cranial cruciate ligament rupture:  alternating pre-operative planning technique, complications, and medium to long-term outcome."
Dr. Alex Terreros and Dr. R. Mark Daye: In progress, accepting patients.
"Osteosarcoma chemosensitivity study in dogs with naturally occurring long bone presumptive osteosarcoma."  A joint study with Case Western University to identify FDA-approved chemotherapy medications to inhibit the growth of established metastases and to determine a reliable method to predict osteosarcoma treatment outcomes.
Dr.Greenfield (Case Western University), Dr. Rance Gamblin, and Dr. Sheldon Padgett: In progress, accepting patients.
"Evaluating the Use of an active drain for closure of limb amputations in dogs."
Dr. Megan Mathews and Dr. Sheldon Padgett: In progress, accepting patients.
"Gastric dilatation and volvulus (GDV) study regarding lactate values in patients undergoing surgery for GDV."
Dr. Emily Pearce and Dr. Sheldon Padgett: In progress, accepting patients.

24/7 Emergency Services & Intensive Care

Our staff of emergency veterinarians and highly trained technical personnel offer state-of-the-art diagnostic tests and treatments to accommodate any trauma or illness.

1053 S. Cleveland-Massillon Rd.,
Akron, OH 44321
Phone: 330-666-2976
Fax: 330-666-0519

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