We understand that surgery and anesthesia can be a stressful time for you and your pet. We will do all we can to minimize any stress and discomfort, and to maximize safety. Prior to surgery, pets are required to have an examination where the veterinarian and technician will discuss the upcoming procedure and answer any questions or concerns. From spay and neuter services to more complex surgical procedures, we at Queensdale Animal Hospital always operate with safety in mind.
We recommend and believe that through performing comprehensive physical exam and pre anesthetic blood work, we will be able to make sure your pet is healthy enough for the procedure. Based on the pre-anesthetic comprehensive physical exam and blood work, abnormalities if any are addressed and anesthetic protocol are selected to ensure safety and well-being of the pet and if necessary, surgery is postponed or even canceled until it is safe.
Our surgical suite is fully equipped with modern anesthetic, surgery and patient monitoring tools used to measure your pets vital signs such as respiration, heart rate, body temperature, electrocardiogram and blood pressure before, during and after all procedures requiring anesthesia. In addition our veterinary technicians regularly check all vitals at regular intervals to make sure your pet remains safe and comfortable throughout the procedure.
Sedatives and pain medications are administered during and after surgery to minimize stress and pain. After surgery, the pet is moved to warm and safe area where we closely monitor for vital signs to ensure the smooth and safe recovery.
Someone from our office will notify you when your animal is ready to be picked up at which point you will be provided with detailed discharge instructions. Finally, after you've picked up your pet, we will generally follow up with you by phone to check on your pets recovery.
Our animal surgery services are available 5 days a week from Monday to Friday and include:
• Entropion/ Extropion Repair
• Bladder Stone Removal
• Growth Removals
• Exploratory Surgery
• Foreign Body Removal
• Soft Tissue Surgery
• Laceration Repair
• Dewclaw Removal
For our young female dogs, we recommend ovariohysterectomies (spays) any time after four months of age. We like to spay them before their first heat cycle, which we know helps to prevent the future incidence of breast cancer. For our young male dogs, we will often recommend waiting a little longer for their castrations (neuters), until they are six months of age or older. This helps to attain a more ideal musculature and body shape. For our female and male cats, we recommend their spay or neuter surgeries any time after they are four months of age. Male cats are usually neutered before they reach six months of age in order to prevent marking of their territory, which can begin any time after their puberty (around 5-6 months of age). Females are spayed young in order to prevent to prevent breast cancer, but also to prevent them from going into heat, which brings along some unwanted behavioral changes.