Banner Road Veterinary Services is fully equipped to meet your pet's surgical needs. We are experienced and skilled in performing routine operations with the use of general anesthesia. When you schedule a procedure for your pet, you can be confident that we prioritize their safety and comfort during and after the surgery.
How can I prepare my pet for surgery?
As your pet's guardian, you may be anxious about their upcoming procedure, and they can mirror your energy and get nervous as well. We encourage you to speak with the surgeon to voice your concerns and questions so you can be assured of your pet's safety. The night before the surgery, you should withhold food from your pet by midnight. No food or water should be consumed within 8 hours before the procedure as it can cause complications when your pet is under anesthesia. You should also ensure that your loyal companion is up to date on their vaccines, our team will provide any preparations that are specific to your pet.
How safe is surgery for my pet?
We follow strict protocols to ensure the safety of your pet during surgery. Medical-grade cleaning products are used to disinfect the surgical suite and tools prior to surgery. We will also run some diagnostic tests, for example, bloodwork to determine how much anesthesia we can safely use during the surgery. From the test results, we can also learn how well their internal organs, such as their lungs, kidney and heart, are functioning. This tells us if your pet is a good candidate for surgery. While under anesthesia, our veterinary technicians use monitoring equipment to keep tabs on your pet's heart rate, oxygen level, blood pressure and temperature. The patient's vital signs tell us how well they are handling the surgery. Don't hesitate to call us at 519-285-2116 to discuss your pet's upcoming procedure.
How long is my pet's recovery?
This really depends on the type of surgery and your individual pet. Patients can recover from soft-tissue surgeries within weeks, while more complex procedures can take months. It also depends on your pet's overall health and care. If you follow the recovery instructions, your pet will have a much faster recovery. Here are some tips for recovery:
- Give them their medication on time and in the correct doses
- Allow your pet to rest at least for the first few days after the surgery
- Don't allow them to lick or scratch their surgical wound
- Get post-op rehabilitation when recommended by a vet