Learning your pet needs surgery can be frightening for any pet owner. At our hospital, we aim to inform our clients about every step of the procedure, so they know what to expect. Our team uses modern equipment and techniques to ensure all the surgeries we perform are successful. We have a state-of-the-art surgical suite and can accommodate your pet for overnight stays.
What’s surgery like for my pet?
Patients arriving for surgery must fast. Patients should have no food after 6 p.m. and no water after midnight the evening before the procedure. Before surgery, your pet’s blood will be tested to ensure there are no issues that could cause anesthesia complications. If your pet is healthy enough for anesthesia, we will schedule the procedure. We book surgeries for the mornings and can arrange for early drop-offs.
During the procedure, we use monitoring equipment to monitor your pet’s vital signs and provide them with intravenous fluids. Once the surgery is completed, we continue monitoring your pet until the anesthesia wears off. For some surgeries, we will keep the patient in the hospital overnight. The veterinarian will provide instructions on caring for your pet during recovery and prescribe pain medication. We have a variety of treatments available to manage your pet’s pain before and after surgery or in the event of trauma.
What surgical procedures does your hospital offer?
At Elmvale Veterinary Hospital, we offer the following procedures:
- Spays and neuters
- Exploratory surgery
- Belt Loop Gastropexy for treatment of bloat in dogs
- Perineal Urethrostomy for treatment of urinary blockages in male cats
- Removing Cherry Eye in dogs
- Eye tacking and Entropion Surgery in dogs
- Cystotomy for removal of bladder stones
- Wound repair
How can I help my pet recover from surgery?
Recovery can take anywhere from weeks to months, depending on your pet’s procedure. To keep your pet comfortable and to speed up their recovery, here are some points to keep in mind:
- Encourage them to eat
- Administer their pain medication on time
- Keep the surgery wound clean and dry
- Don’t allow them to lick, bite or chew their incision
- Limit their physical activity