We understand how worrisome it can be to leave your pet for surgery, whether it is a planned procedure or an emergency. All anesthetic procedures do have risks, after all. At Sardis Animal Hospital our experienced veterinarians, assisted by registered veterinary technologists, make every attempt to minimize these risks and ensure your pet’s comfort and safety before, during, and after his or her surgery.
Following are the steps we take to ensure your pet receives the best treatment.
Even if your pet has been to see us recently, we want to ensure that there have been no changes to their health since. We perform an exam on the day of surgery.
In order to provide focused care for your pet, we have dedicated staff for surgical and hospitalized patients. We also limit the number of surgical procedure performed each day (excluding emergencies). This allows our team to give individual care to each patient before, during and after their procedure.
The type of laboratory analysis varies depending on the age and health of your pet, but we consider all pets for laboratory testing prior to undergoing anesthesia. This minimizes the anesthetic risks by testing whether your pet’s major organs are functionally well enough to efficiently metabolize the anesthesia.
Prior to surgery, we place an intravenous (IV) catheter to provide IV fluids before, during, and after surgery. Not only will the fluids help stabilize your pet’s blood pressure and support fluid balance during anesthesia – its placement also allows for immediate drug delivery to the patient if necessary during surgery.
Just as humans are unique, so are pets. Each patient receives a unique anesthesia protocol, taking into account his or her age, breed, and medical history.
While your pet is under anesthesia, we use multiple methods to closely monitor his or her vital signs, including blood pressure, heart rate, ECG, body temperature, and respiration monitors and a dedicated Veterinary Technologist. The information we collected from the electronic monitors allows us to make adjustments to your pet’s anesthesia with even the slightest change to his or her vital signs. Equally important are the well-trained eyes and ears of our veterinary technologists who monitor your pet before, during and after the anesthetic procedure.
Surgery is painful, and a successful recovery depends partly on effective pain management. Our staff plans for your pet’s comfortable recovery before his or her surgery even begins. Whether your pet’s surgery is routine or emergency, we will make sure your pet remains pain-free during their recovery process in our hospital and at home.
Routine follow-up is part of the surgery process. After surgery, we send every pet home with written discharge instructions to clarify home care. Our staff will also call to check on your pet to make sure the recovery process is going smoothly. We know how expensive surgeries can be. So, we’ve waived the fees for suture, drain, and/or staple removal for procedures performed at our hospital.
Cost of Surgery
Are you concerned about the cost of surgery?
At Sardis Animal Hospital we’re dedicated to providing top quality veterinary care. Our fees are structured to support this level of service, and they reflect hospital overhead, materials, time, and the degree of expertise required.
That said, we encourage pet owners to have an open dialogue regarding expenses. If you have any concerns about costs of proposed treatments, please let us know as soon as possible.
A dog post surgery by Ryan Leighty
Surgeries We Perform
We perform both routine and emergency surgeries in our surgical suite. Keep in mind, however, that we base the decision to perform a surgical procedure on many factors. While we are able to perform most surgeries, we have access to referral surgeons for complex orthopedic, ophthalmic and other specialized or complicated procedures. Where referrals are necessary, we have established relationships with board-certified surgeons in the Lower Mainland, and we will always be available for follow-up care.
Surgeries we routinely perform include: