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.

Pre-surgical exam

Even if your pet has been to see us recently, we want to ensure that there have been no changes to their health since. This exam is performed on the day of surgery.

Dedicated patient care

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), allowing our team to provide individual care to each patient before, during and after their procedure.

Pre-anesthetic blood analysis

The type of laboratory analysis varies depending on the age and health of your pet, but ALL pets are considered for laboratory testing prior to undergoing anesthesia. This is done to minimize the anesthetic risks by testing whether your pet’s major organs are functionally well enough to efficiently metabolize the anesthesia.

Catheter and IV fluids

 Prior to surgery, an intravenous (IV) catheter is placed in order to provide IV fluids before, during, and after surgery. Not only will the fluids help stabilize your pet’s blood pressure and maintain fluid balance during anesthesia – its placement also allows for immediate drug delivery to the patient if necessary during surgery.

Anesthesia tailored to your pet

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.

Monitoring equipment

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 at all times; before, during and following the anesthetic procedure.

Post-surgical pain management

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.

Post-surgical follow-up

 Routine follow-up is considered part of the surgery process. After surgery, every pet is sent home with written discharge instructions to clarify home care. Our staff will also call to check on your pet to ensure the recovery process is going smoothly. We also 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.

Surgeries We Perform

We perform both routine and emergency surgeries in our surgical suite. Keep in mind, however, that the decision to perform a surgical procedure is based 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:


  • Cystotomy
  • Splenectomy
  • Gastrotomy
  • Enterotomy
  • Gastropexy


  • Ocular enucleation
  • Eyelid tumor removal
  • Third eyelid gland reduction
  • Third eyelid gland reduction w/ cartilage


  • Castration (neuter)
  • Ovariohysterectomy (spay)
  • Cryptorchidectomy
  • Caesarian section


  • Cruciate ligament repair
  • Mass removal
  • Aural hematoma repair
  • Laceration repair
  • And many others

If you have questions or concerns about these procedures, or any surgery not seen here, feel free to contact us.