Our veterinarians are skilled in performing soft tissue surgeries on small animals, equine and bovine. When you bring your pet in, you can rest assured they are in good hands. We know surgery can be stressful for pet parents, so our veterinarians will ensure you are informed about every step and will be more than happy to answer your questions.
What surgeries do you offer?
We offer the following procedures at our clinic:
- Dental surgery
- Bladder stone
- Foreign body removal
- Tumour excision
- Cherry eye repair
- Orthopedic surgery - we work closely with an orthopedic surgeon who will perform the procedure in our own facility to keep your pet in familiar surroundings and therefore minimize your pet's stress.
Is anesthesia safe for dogs and cats?
All surgical procedures, including dental cleanings, require anesthesia. Our team of highly trained and experienced animal health technologists will monitor your pet's vital signs throughout the entire procedure in order to maximize anesthetic safety. Our monitoring equipment gives us moment-by-moment information regarding your pet's respiration rate, heart rhythm & rate, blood pressure, temperature, as well as their blood oxygen and carbon dioxide levels. This monitoring equipment alarms immediately if your pet's parameters are falling outside of the normal range so we can instantly make adjustments to correct the problem. Your pet will be monitored continually from the instant anesthesia is induced to the moment they are fully awake and alert. In order to minimize surgical pain, our veterinary team is trained in administering epidural anesthesia as well as local blocks (freezing).
How long will it take for my cat or dog to heal from surgery?
It really depends on whether your pet had a soft tissue or a more advanced procedure. Soft tissue surgeries have a quicker recovery time, taking only a few weeks. It can take up to 6 months for cats and dogs to recover from orthopedic surgery. In both instances, rehabilitation therapy can assist with their recovery. To discuss your pet's recovery, give us a call at 403-932-5875.
How should I take care of my pet after surgery?
At-home care has a major impact on your pet's recovery. To ensure everything goes smoothly, here are some guidelines to follow:
- Keep them warm and comfortable
- Administer their medications on time
- Restrict physical activity: Excess physical activity can lead to injury or serious complications
- Monitor their incision: It should be kept clean and dry; look for any swelling or discharge as it's an early sign of infection
- Stop your pet from scratching the incision: Your veterinarian may recommend an E-collar to prevent them from removing sutures