We provide many surgical services at our hospital including routine spays and neuters, soft-tissue and orthopedic surgeries. Occasionally, we refer our patients to specialists (board certified veterinary surgeons) to perform complex operations.
Pet Surgery Performance
When pet surgery is performed on your pet, it is done using sterile surgical techniques, gas anesthesia and the assistance of a surgical technician (nurse) who also monitors the anesthesia. The Royal York Animal Hospital has invested in state of the art surgical monitoring equipment. This equipment along with the surgical technician monitors vital signs (blood oxygen levels, heartrate, ECG, breathing patterns and temperature) continuously during your pet’s surgery. We also keep our surgical patients on a warm air circulator to help them maintain a normal tempurature throughout the procedure and recovery. All of this is done for your pet’s comfort and safety.
In most cases the patients will be admitted to the hospital between 7:00 and 9:00 AM, on the morning of the surgery. The technician who admits your pet will spend a few minutes with you while you fill out our anaesthetic consent form, and will discuss your pet’s surgery with you. This technician will be your pet’s primary care giver throughout the day. She and her assistant will work closely with the doctor to ensure your pet is comfortable and receives all necessary medical attention. We advise owners to call about their pets after 3 pm on the day of surgery however you can expect a call from the veterinarian when surgery is complete and when your pet is recovering from anaesthetic.
The success of many surgical procedures depends greatly on proper home care. At the time of release, we will provide instructions concerning home care and feeding. Call us if you have any suspicion that things are not progressing as planned or if events occur that the doctor or technician did not mention.