Surgery

At Peterborough West Animal Hospital, we understand that any surgical procedure, no matter how routine, can be a stressful time for both you and your pet. That’s why we strive to make every surgery as comfortable and stress-free as possible. We take the safety and comfort of our patients seriously, and we work hard to provide professional, compassionate care to meet all of your pet’s surgical needs. Our goal is to help your pet return to a normal, active life as quickly as possible.

We provide a wide range of veterinary surgical services for our valued patients, including routine spays and neuters, as well as more complex procedures, such as orthopaedic surgery. We use only the safest available anaesthetic, which is carefully administered and monitored by a Registered Veterinary Technician, before, during and following the procedure. All pets undergoing surgery have the option to receive intravenous fluids during surgery. This allows for adequate kidney profusion, maintains blood pressure, and gives us IV access to administer emergency drugs, if needed.

To ensure maximum comfort, all surgical patients are kept warm with blankets and heating disks while recovering. This helps to keep your pet warm and recover faster from the anaesthesia by helping them maintain their body temperature. All patients are also walked individually on our spacious grounds, and given extra attention during their post-operative stay.

When it’s time to bring your animal companion home, we will work with you to develop and implement a pain management plan to help your pet remain as comfortable as possible during recovery. All patients recovering from surgery are given post-operative pain medication that lasts 24 hours. This is to ensure that your pet can recover from surgery with minimal pain, and therefore begin healing. Additional pain meds are available, and recommended, depending on the severity of your pets surgery.

 

Surgical Protocol

We recommend pre-surgical blood work for all patients undergoing surgery, particularly for geriatric animals. This blood work-up provides us with an accurate picture of your pet’s liver and kidney function, and can detect possible blood disorders, such as anemia and infection. This allows us to take any necessary precautions prior to administering anaesthetic.

The night before your pet’s surgical appointment at Peterborough West Animal Hospital, we require your pet to be fasted. Pets should not receive any food past 6pm, and no water after 11pm, as well as nothing to eat or drink the morning of surgery.

Surgical admission is between 8am and 9am the day of surgery.

Most patients, with some exceptions, can go home the same day as the surgery. This allows our technicians to go over home care instructions to ensure that your pet recovers nicely at home.

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