Whether it's preventive surgery or a procedure to alleviate a problem, you can expect a high level of expertise and care at Grand Valley Animal Clinic. We will always ensure your pet is comfortable and has a fast recovery so if you have any questions regarding our surgical procedures, please contact us at 204-728-0033.
How can I prepare my dog or cat for surgery?
The main thing for preparation is to ensure you follow your veterinarian's instructions as not doing so may lead to surgical complications. If you have any questions or concerns, please speak with your veterinarian first so you can be assured about your pet's safety. The night prior to the surgery, do not give your pet food after midnight. No food or water should be consumed within 8 hours before the procedure.
How are surgeries done on dogs and cats?
Virtually all surgical procedures require your pet to be given a general anesthetic which renders them unconscious while we perform the surgery. Our veterinarians and veterinary nurses are experts in safe anesthetic practices and procedures, tailored to your pet's age, health status, weight, and previous health history. Prior to the surgery, we will perform bloodwork to ensure your pet's comfort and safety under anesthesia. If cleared, then they will proceed with all the preparation required. All pets are given an IV (intravenous) catheter and continue to receive IV fluids during the procedure, allowing us to administer medication quickly and easily if needed. Your pet's blood pressure, heart, respiratory rate, depth of anesthesia, and the amount of oxygen in their bloodstream will all be monitored throughout the whole process. Once your pet is ready to be discharged, we will provide them with adequate pain medications to keep them pain-free during recovery.