We provide many surgical services at our hospital, including routine spays and neuters, soft tissue, and orthopedic surgeries. Occasionally, we refer our patients to specialists (board-certified veterinary surgeons) to perform complex operations. If you have questions about your pet's upcoming surgery, please contact us at (416) 231-9293.
What happens when my pet's surgery is performed?
Pet surgery is performed using sterile surgical techniques and gas anesthesia, with the assistance of a surgical technician who also monitors the anesthesia. Our hospital has invested in state-of-the-art surgical monitoring equipment. This equipment, along with the surgical technician, continuously monitors vital signs (blood oxygen levels, heart rate, ECG, breathing patterns, and temperature) during your pet's surgery. We also keep our surgical patients on a warm air circulator to help them maintain a normal temperature throughout the procedure and recovery. These procedures help ensure your pet's comfort and safety.
What should I expect on the day of my pet's procedure?
In most cases, we'll admit patients to the hospital between 7:00 and 9:00 a.m. on the morning of their surgery. The technician who admits your pet will spend a few minutes while you fill out our anesthetic consent form and will discuss the surgery. This technician will be your pet's primary caregiver throughout the day. The technician and assistant will work closely with the doctor to ensure your pet is comfortable and receives any necessary medical attention. We advise pet owners to call about their pets after 3:00 p.m. on the day of surgery. However, you can expect a call from the veterinarian when surgery is complete, and your pet is recovering from anesthesia.
How can I ensure my pet has a successful surgery?
The success of many surgical procedures depends greatly on proper home care. At the time of discharge, we will provide instructions concerning home care and feeding. In general, your pet should be taking it easy for the first few hours after their procedure. A few things you can do to keep them comfortable include:
- Providing a clean, soft bed to sleep in
- Offering a light meal as they regain their strength
- Administering pain medication as prescribed
- Limiting rigorous activities like jumping or running
- Ensuring they stay hydrated