Surgery Options

The following are optional but highly recommended services that may be performed before,

during or after your pet’s anaesthetic and surgery.  These services help us better monitor and treat

your pet throughout his/her surgical experience.  Please ask us about them. 

Blood Work or Lab Tests

  • Required for pets that are ill or are 7 years of age and older.
  • Looks at function of internal organs most likely to be affected by anesthesia
  • If abnormalities are found, we are able adjust protocol to make anesthesia as safe as possible
  • These results will gives us a baseline for future reference

Basic Pre-Anesthetic Panel uses 6 tests to check the most important body functions. The liver and kidneys are the main organs affected by anesthesia and are needed to clear the drugs from the system.  These tests and is done in clinic and can be performed the morning of surgery.

General Health Panel uses 17 tests to give us more detailed information about your pets overall body functions.  These tests will be recommended for patients that are older or we suspect underlying disease problems. We also run these in can be performed the morning of surgery.

Out of Clinic Tests may be recommended or required for your animal.  These tests are often more detailed and specific so they are usually are not done in clinic.  These tests will be recommended for patients that we suspect may have more complicating disease conditions.  Since this test is run out of clinic they must be done a few days prior to surgery.
Click here for more detailed information on “Blood Work and Your Pet”

Intravenous Catheter and Fluid Administration

  • Required for pets that are sick or are 7 years of age and older.
  • Allows immediate access to the bloodstream if emergency medications are needed.
  • Also allows fast IV fluid hookup in case your pet is not stable under anesthesia.
  • Allows IV administration of pain medications resulting faster relief for your pet.
  • The anesthetic gas that is used to keep your pet asleep can slowly dehydrate them since the air that they breathe on the system has very little moisture in it.
  • Fluids help us make sure that patient stays hydrated. This means better overall health in post-op period and faster recoveries.
  • Allows us to better regulate blood pressure and body temperature during surgery. 

Pain Medication **All animals receive pain medication immediately after surgery**

  • Take-home pain medication.  If our doctors feel it is necessary we will send your pet home with 3-4 days of oral pain medication.  This additional pain medication and anti-inflammatory drugs helps your pet heal faster, feel more comfortable while healing, and be less likely to bother his/her incision. Most animals are quite sore after a spay or neuter even though they may not show it (especially so in cats!).  If we do not send it home and you feel your pet is painful please contact us.
  • Animals that are having any of the following procedures usually will automatically receive take-home pain medication: dental extractions, bone surgery, de-claw (cats), etc. 

Laser Surgery -used In All Elective Canine Surgeries and Cat declaws:            

  • In many procedures, the laser can replace the scalpel and provide a better alternative to traditional surgery.
  • With Laser Surgery there is less pain, minimal bleeding and swelling which therefore improves recovery, healing and often shortens hospital stays.
  • We can perform many procedures: Spay, Neuter, wart & tumour removal, toe nail trimming etc. 

Vaccination Status: It is very important that your pets are properly vaccinated and have been boostered before they are subjected to the stress of surgery preferably 3 and / or 6 weeks beforehand.

Pre Anesthetic & Surgical Examination: All animals are given a complete general physical exam by a certified licensed veterinarian before being sedated and anesthetized for surgery.

Neuter Tattoos: Most pets are given a FREE tattoo in the left ear when they are neutered which identifies them as being fixed and greatly increases the chnce of finding them should they ever get lost.
Complimentary nail trims are usually done with all surgery procedures so there is less chance of them scratching out sutures or opening up incisions.

YES we have a special interest and expertise in Bulldogs or brachycephalic breeds because of their higher anesthetic risks…but we also do surgery on all other breeds