Surgical Services

Almost all pets will have to undergo some type of surgery during their lifetime. Advances in medical technology have made surgery and anesthesia safer than ever for both humans and animals. We can tailor an anesthetic protocol based on your pets history and medical status. There are a few things to keep in mind before your pet comes in for surgery. The physical stress of surgery may weaken your pets immune system for a short time. Therefore it is important that he or she is vaccinated and free of internal parasites. You will need to fast your pet from 8:00 on the night before surgery. Water is fine to leave out during the night but no food. If your pet is having elective surgery such as a spay or neuter there are a few options for you to consider. One is preanesthetic bloodwork. This will give us a basic look at your pets organs such as the liver and kidney’s as well as indicate abnormalities such as infections, anemia or dehydration. By having a complete picture of your pet’s health we can determine which anesthetic drugs are most appropriate and what extra precautions need to be taken before, during and after the surgery. Another option is IV fluid therapy during the surgery. This will help maintain your pet’s bloodpressure as it drops with the anesthetic. It also helps flush the anesthetic through the kidneys after surgery. The IV catheter also gives us immediate access to the bloodstream should complications arise during surgery. We can discuss these options with you when your pet comes in for a presurgical exam a week or two before surgery. When your pet comes home after surgery you will need to keep him or her quiet and confined for a few days to allow time to heal. Dogs should only go for short leash walks and cats should be confined to a small area of the house. Animals that go home the same day such as those having a dentistry or cat neuter will be a bit groggy from the anesthetic. You will need to keep an eye on them around stairs, table legs etc. They should also only get a small meal that night to prevent vomiting. If they are still hungry a few hours later you can give them a little more.

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    Dental Care

    Did you know that over 85% of pets over one year of age have some degree of dental disease? Just as people need routine dental scaling, so do our pets….

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    Orthopedic Surgery

    Orthopedic surgery is the surgery of bones. This includes hip surgery, knee surgery and repairing broken bones. Most orthopedic surgery is preformed by a board certified surgeon who travels to…

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    Declawing in Cats

    General Information Scratching with the front claws is normal, instinctive behaviour for cats. The purpose of this activity is to remove old, worn fragments of the nails, keeping them sharp….

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    Spaying in Dogs and Cats

    General Information Ovariohysterectomy is the medical term for spaying a female dog or cat. The surgery is usually performed at 5 to 7 months of age, before the first heat…

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    Neutering in Dogs

    General Information Castration (neutering) is the surgical removal of the testicles. When a dog is castrated before sexual maturity (6 to 8 months of age), the sexual characteristics fail to…

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    Neutering in Cats

    General Information Castration (neutering) is the surgical removal of the testicles. When a cat is castrated before sexual maturity (6 to 8 months of age), the sexual characteristics fail to…

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    Spaying

    Spaying your pet has many benefits. The procedure, which prevents female animals from becoming pregnant and reproducing, can help your dog or cat live a longer, healthier life. Spaying will…