Surgery

We continuously challenge ourselves to bring the highest quality services for your pets and the surgery unit is our priority.

If surgery is necessary, your pet is in good hands at our clinic. We have high class imaging preoperative diagnostic equipment and we’ll assess if your pet is a good candidate for the procedure beforehand.

We have new and modern surgery suites because our first priority is always with our patients’ safety and pain management. We use modern equipment and advanced pain management techniques, both during the surgery and afterwards, to ensure the patient remains as comfortable as possible.

We are proud to have caring and compassionate staff who monitor patients before, during and after surgery.

When the surgery is complete and the patient is ready to go home, we assist our clients by reviewing with them the postoperative care and medication required. We welcome your calls and we’ll be happy to assist you during the recovery process.

MyOwnVet understands how surgery can be a source of anxiety and stress for many pet owners. Maybe you worry about making the right decision, about the surgery process, about anaesthesia or about the way your pet will recover. Whatever your concern is, let us help. Call us to talk about how we can assist, whether it is a minor or a complex procedure. Based on our experience, we’ll endeavour to help you make the right decision for your pet.

Frequently Asked Questions


Is the anaesthetic safe?

Today’s modern anaesthetic monitors have made surgery much safer than in the past. Here at the MyOwnVet clinic, we do a thorough physical exam on your pet before administering anaesthetics, to ensure that a fever or other illness won’t be a problem and adjust the amount and type of anaesthetic used depending on the health of your pet.

Every pet needs blood testing before surgery to ensure that the liver and kidneys can handle the anaesthetic. Even apparently healthy animals can have serious organ system problems that cannot be detected without blood testing. If there is a problem, it is much better to find it before it causes anaesthetic or surgical complications. Animals that have minor dysfunctions will handle the aneasthetic better if they receive IV fluids during surgery. If serious problems are detected, surgery can be postponed until the problem is corrected.

We offer in-house blood testing before surgery, which we will go over with you when you bring your pet in. Our doctors prefer the more comprehensive screen, because it gives them the most information to ensure the safety of your pet. For geriatric or ill pets, additional blood tests, electrocardiograms, or x-rays may be required before surgery as well.

How do I prepare my pet for surgery?

It is important that surgery be done on an empty stomach to reduce the risk of vomiting during and after anaesthesia. You will need to withhold food for at least 8 to 10 hours before surgery. For most animals having a scheduled surgery, we recommend that no food is given from 6 PM the night before the surgery. Obviously, no breakfast on the morning of the surgery. Water is allowed for your pet until the morning of surgery.

We usually admit your pet between 8 and 10am. If we have not seen your pet before, or there are health issues, a veterinarian will usually admit your pet. Otherwise, one of our qualified nurses will do the admission. Please answer all questions as thoroughly and truthfully as you can. If your pet has been ill, or eaten, we can modify the protocol that we use to ensure a safe and successful outcome.

Is it normal that my pet is very sleepy?

The general anaesthetic and/or sedative can take a number of hours to wear off and in some cases can cause patients to appear drowsy for a day or so. Over the next day or two their behaviour should return to normal.

How soon after surgery can I bathe my pet?

You need to limit your pet’s activity level for a time and no baths are allowed for the first 10 days after surgery.