Have questions about your pet's upcoming surgery? Contact our team for answers.
Some of the most common surgeries we perform are soft tissue procedures, or those not associated with operating on your pet's bones. Regardless of the procedure we're performing, you can expect a high level of expertise and care. It's important for us to take every step to ensure your pet has successful procedures and recovers well.
The most common soft tissue surgery performed on pets is the removal of masses or lumps. Most of these masses, once removed and tested, are found to be benign (non-harmful). However, occasionally they are more serious. Early removal and accurate diagnosis of a lump is necessary to improve the outcome in your pet if the mass is cancerous. If you have questions about our surgical procedures, please contact us at 519-941-2275.
Surgery patients are usually admitted first thing in the morning on the day of surgery. Some are admitted earlier if it is necessary to start pain management in advance. You're asked to fill out a consent form while your pet is weighed. They'll either be admitted to a waiting suite (kennel) in the back, or our team may want to address some details and examine your pet before you leave.
If your pet is scheduled to have the first surgery of the day, they will then be examined by our technician to make sure there are no physical concerns. They'll also record their temperature, pulse, and respiratory rate before the procedure. If all is well, a sedative will be given, usually in the hind leg. They are then returned to a kennel lined with blankets and heating bags. These drugs, combined with some soothing TLC, make most pets relaxed. Even anxious pets settle right down within 5 to 10 minutes. This sedative makes the rest of the procedures go a lot smoother, as it is relaxing and makes them sleepy. This sedative also makes the next step - placement of an IV catheter - less painful or even non-painful. Next, the procedure is performed, and your pet's vitals are monitored throughout.
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