General surgery

The clinic has an operating room equipped with several anesthesia machines (gas). Surgery patients are systematically intubated via an endo-tracheal tube which allows a fast modulation of the depth of the anesthesia. This is essential to react quickly in case of incidents such as apnea.

Managing the anesthetized animal requires instrumental monitoring which includes an oximeter that measures the concentration of oxygen in the blood, an electrocardiogram which offers a graphic representation of the electrical activity of the heart, a capnograph which controls the concentration of CO2 exhaled by the animal, a tensiometer which controls the blood pressure, and a Doppler which in turn controls the animal’s heart rate and blood pressure.

Our surgical tables are heated for the safety and comfort of your pet. This helps maintain the animal’s body temperature during the procedure to ultimately avoid hypothermia. This is a way to promote a safe surgery and a quick recovery.

Anesthetized animals are cared for with intravenous fluids which are delivered through an infusion pump– just like in “human” hospitals.

Prior to any surgical procedure, your pet is examined thoroughly in order to best adapt for its anesthetic protocol. Together, we will evaluate the various risks that can be related to anesthesia such as age, past illnesses, breed, etc. In some cases, additional exams may be recommended such as blood and urines tests, cardiac ultrasounds (in case of a heart murmur), and possibly X-rays. These can be used to detect abnormalities that could endanger your pet during anesthesia. A detailed estimate of the costs of tests and/or of the surgery itself will be explained by a veterinarian prior to any surgery.