We are veterinary surgeons with training and experience in a variety of procedures. Our support staff is comprised of registered veterinary technicians with training and experience in patient management for anesthesia.
We perform surgery as part of such routine health maintenance procedures as castration and spaying. We also perform surgery as a means of treatment of disease, such as the removal of tumors, foreign bodies (enterotomy, gastrotomy), bladder stones (cystotomy), and anal glands, among others. We also perform selected orthopedic procedures such as cruciate ligament repair, correction for luxating patella, and the internal reduction of fractures. The main interest of one of our doctors (Dr. Collard) is orthopedic surgery.
We recognize that surgery may be a stressful event both for you and your pet. We design and adjust anesthetic protocols based on the latest research.
If your pet has been our patient for some time before surgery, we will have developed a bond with him, understanding his personality, and will be able to act in such way as to make him feel as comfortable as possible. In addition we understand his unique physiology and temperament, which helps us tailor his anesthetic protocol accordingly.
We also recommend blood tests and ECG prior to anesthesia, as an option for additional evaluation of your pet's physiology, and for a finer tuning of your pet's anesthetic protocol.
On the day of surgery, your pet is examined and given a sedative to calm him down; he is also given an analgesic as preemptive pain control. After your pet is calm, an IV line is placed, which allows us to administer a fast-acting anesthetic, which will cause him to fall asleep within a few seconds. IV fluids help maintain your pet's blood pressure at normal levels, which protects his kidneys and nervous system. Your pet is kept sleeping with a gas anesthetic and with oxygen while the procedure is being performed. We continuously monitor his heart function (ECG), blood pressure, and the amount of oxygen in the blood.
After the surgery, your pet is monitored continuously while being allowed to waken. He is kept warm and his temperature is checked several times in order to prevent hypothermia. Your pet is also continuously evaluated for pain after the surgery, and receives an additional analgesic which may be repeated to keep him pain-free. While he recovers, up to the moment that you pick him up, your pet has company, is spoken to, petted, and taken out for a pee once the anesthetic wears off. You are welcomed to stay with your pet through any stage of the procedure.