What to Expect on Surgery Day

West Toronto Veterinary Surgery TeamThank you for having interest in West Toronto Veterinary Surgery. We realize your pet is a very important part of your family and we value the trust you place in us when you leave them in our care.  We will take every possible step to ensure a safe and comfortable surgical experience.  Please read of this information sheet, it should help to ease any concerns you may have.

Prior to surgery, we require full bloodwork, to ensure you pet’s systemic health.  This bloodwork tells us how  the liver and kidneys are functioning.  This is important information, because anesthesia is metabolized by these organs.  Your pet’s bloodwork can be done here for your convenience, or by your primary care veterinarian.

The night before surgery, please do not feed you pet after midnight, your pet can have water overnight. Admittance to the hospital on the day of surgery, is between 8:00am and 8:30am, unless alternate arrangements have been made in advance.

On the morning of surgery, your pet will be sedated to reduce anxiety.  Your pet’s leg will be shaved, and an IV catheter placed to administer IV fluids throughout surgery and recovery.  This will help maintain normal blood pressure while under anesthetic, and help protect some vital organs.  We have a variety of sedatives and anesthetic agents available to us, so we may meet the individual needs of all our patients.  To maintain anesthesia, your pet will receive gas anesthetics similar to those used in human hospitals.

Once under anesthetic, your pet will be monitored closely and continuously using a variety of techniques, including ECG, pulse oximetry, Doppler blood pressure monitoring, capnograph, nerve stimulator and blood glucometer. Your pet’s body temperature will be maintained by a circulating warm water pad or forced warm air, while on the operating table. Our Board Certified Anesthesiologist and Registered Veterinary Technicians are fully trained and qualified to monitor your pet using the most up to date techniques, both during and after surgery.

Asepsis (or sterile technique) will be strictly adhered to through out your pet’s surgery.  Dr. Hewitt will wear sterile gloves and gown during surgery, in addition to a surgical cap and mask.  Although not performing surgery, our Board Certified Anesthesiologist and our Registered Veterinary Technicians assisting Dr. Hewitt will wear a cap and mask while in the operating theatre.  These steps are critical components in avoiding contamination and minimizing the risk of infection.

When your pet’s surgery is finished, as he or she begins to wake, additional pain medication will be administered to help ensure a quiet, stress-free recovery.  Once awake, we will phone you to provide you with an update.  Please be sure to leave us both your home and mobile number, in addition to any other number where you may be reached. If you choose, we will take our clinic cell phone to snap photos of your pet on recovery. These photos can either be emailed or sent via text so you can witness your pet’s smooth recovery.

We recognize that surgery is a stressful experience not only for your pet, but for you too.  We believe that by practicing the best surgery techniques possible, we can improve this experience for you both.  If you have any questions or concerns, please speak with any of our staff.  We want to earn your trust, and we look forward to maintaining our relationship with you throughout your pet’s life.