Pet Surgery Details & Instructions

Thanks for choosing Kingsdale Animal Hospital for your pet’s surgical needs. Keep in mind that we’re here to help! If you have any questions before or after your pet’s procedure, please contact us by any means.


Benefits of Performing Surgery at Kingsdale

  • All pets receive Intravenous Fluids! This is extremely important to the overall safety of your pet throughout anesthesia and the surgical procedure. This helps maintain blood pressure, enhances anesthetic metabolism and improves anesthetic recovery.
  • We have a heated blanket for pets during and after the procedure. Anesthesia will result in hypothermia which has a negative impact on healing and anesthetic recovery. By using warmth during and after the procedure, we are able to observe a comfortable, uneventful recovery from anesthesia.
  • All pets are monitoring by a Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT). They have special training in delivering, monitoring and recovering anesthetic patients. This is very important to the overall safety of your pet.
  • All procedures are performed in a sterile manner and environment. Therefore, most procedures do not require antibiotics, keeping the costs reduced for clients and not un-necessarily administering antibiotics when it is not needed.
  • We have helpful and caring doctors and staff! We all want your pet to be comfortable and have a great post-operative period. We encourage all clients to call us with any concerns that you may have regarding your pets after-care.
Dog and Cat

Your Surgical Options

For most procedures, you have some additional options for your consideration. If you have any questions, you can contact us before, or discuss with your admitting veterinary technician.

  • Laser surgery – This is a very popular surgical method in which the laser substitutes the traditional scalpel. This results in faster healing, less bleeding and less pain! Dog neuters and cat declaws will automatically be performed with the laser at no additional cost. For other elective procedures, you have the choice and this option is $77 extra.
  • Blood work – For the safety of all pets over the age of 6 years, we require blood work on those surgical patients. For patients less than 6 years of age, clients have the option of performing blood work prior, and on the same day of the procedure. Our in-house lab allows us to quickly receive the results. The additional cost ranges from $50-80 depending on the age of the pet.
  • Microchipping – Usually performed at the time of spay/neuter, this is a small implant that is placed underneath the skin, between the shoulder blades. Should your pet become lost…and found, veterinarians and humane societies can scan and help identify your pet. The cost is $70 and this includes a life-time registration with the 24 Pet Watch database.
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Pre-Surgical Instructions

For all surgical procedures, we recommend to withhold food starting at 9PM the night prior to surgery. Water is ok to be consumed. We do recommend that you drop your pet off between 8-8:30 the morning of the procedure where then a veterinary technician will review the procedure and discuss your options for your pet’s surgery. All surgical procedures are performed in the morning so that they can recover comfortably and be monitored throughout the afternoon. You can call us anytime to obtain an update on your pet. You may pick-up your pet anytime after 4PM and we do recommend having a set time so that you can be properly discharged by a veterinary technician or the doctor who performed the procedure. We recommend that you set that appointment up at time of admittance in the morning.

During the pick-up appointment, your technician or doctor will thoroughly review recommendations for you in regards to the post-operative period. You need to observe and monitor the incision(s) closely for any signs of redness or discharge. Most pets do not require an e-collar but if you find that your pet is licking his/her incision(s), one would be required to prevent infection and breakdown of the incision. We also recommend to reduce your pet’s activity based on the doctor’s instructions and for how long depends on the procedure performed.


Frequently Asked Questions

  • Does my pet need to be fasted before surgery?

    Yes! We recommend to withhold food starting at 9PM the night before surgery. This is for your pet’s safety and is very important. Water is ok however to be administered leading up to the procedure. **Rabbits are NOT to be fasted before the procedure**

  • What do I bring for my pet’s surgery?

    We supply everything that is needed for a comfortable procedure and stay with us. Some clients like to bring something familiar to the patient, such as a toy or stuffed animal which is great. All surgical patients are offered a post-surgical meal once they recover from the anesthetic that is bland and easy on the stomach. You may however bring your pet’s own food if necessary.

  • When do I drop my pet off? When can I pick him/her up?

    We recommend to drop your pet off between 8-8:30AM. For most surgical procedures, you are able to pick-up your pet after 4PM on the same day.

  • Does my pet need an E-collar or cone?

    For most surgical procedures, an e-collar is not necessary. For spays and neuters, we close the skin so that the sutures are not visible, therefore less irritating for the patient. Should your pet lick the incision however, an e-collar may be necessary to prevent infection and breakdown of the incision.

  • I am unable to drop my pet off at 8AM. What are my options?

    If this is the case, you can drop your pet off the night before surgery at no additional cost. Because all surgeries are performed in the morning, we do require our patients to be in the hospital before 9AM

  • Who monitors my pet under the anesthesia?

    Your pet will be in good hands at Kingsdale. We have Registered Veterinary Technicians that have special training in delivering and monitoring of anesthetics to our patients while they are with us.

  • Does my pet need any special aftercare?

    Generally speaking, your pet’s exercise should be restricted for approximately 1 week after surgery to ensure for proper healing. Keep a close eye on the incision(s) and monitor for any signs of redness or discharge. This does vary from procedure to procedure and therefore, individualized instructions will be provided to you based on the procedure that has been performed.

  • Does my pet need to stay overnight?

    For most surgical procedures, you can take your pet home the same day. For some of the more advanced procedures, we do however recommend an overnight stay. We do not however, make it mandatory for any pet to stay overnight and there is no additional fee for your pet to stay with us overnight.

CONTACT

Kingsdale Animal Hospital
519-896-0532
reception@kingsdale.com
2848 King St E
Kitchener, ON N2A 1A5