Learning that your pet needs surgery can be a nerve-wracking time. You want to be sure your companion will be in good hands and will receive the best surgical care available. At Don Head Village Animal Clinic, we want to make this unsettling time a little easier and set your mind at ease once and for all. We place the safety and comfort of our patients as our highest priority and will make every effort to ensure a positive, stress-free experience for you both.

Our veterinarians are experienced in performing a broad range of pet surgeries including routine spay and neuters, , as well as a variety of other soft-tissue surgeries. Some procedures, such as orthopedic surgeries, require specialized training. If it is determined that your pet requires that level of expertise, we will provide a referral to one of several Boarded Orthopedic Surgeons in York Region or the GTA – what every location is most convient for you. Our highly skilled team of technicians and assistants are always on hand to assist with surgery and to monitor your pet’s wellbeing at all times while in our care. Rest assured that your cherished animal family member will be in caring, capable hands with us!

Prior to any surgery being performed, we’ll first take appropriate measures to ensure that your pet is healthy enough to undergo surgery. Pre-anesthetic bloodwork is very important, particularly in older pets and animals that suffer from existing medical conditions. We want to make sure that your pet isn’t placed at any unnecessary risk, and remains as safe and comfortable as possible throughout the process.

The anesthetic products we use are the safest available, and have been carefully chosen for their effectiveness and reliability. Your pet will receive a customized pain management plan that will address his or her specific needs, and provide optimum pain control with the least amount of risk. Procedures can be performed with sedation or even local anesthesia. This is something we’ll discuss with you prior to moving forward with the surgery. We always do what is best and easiest for your pet to safely handle.

During surgery, our doctors work with precision and great care to conclude the procedure as efficiently and effectively as possible. If your pet requires full sedation or general anesthesia, our well trained veterinary technicians will closely monitor their vital signs, including respiratory rate, heart rate, blood pressure and oxygen levels, at all times throughout the procedure. Monitoring these vital signs allows us to intervene earlier and prevent any anesthetic risk to your pet.

Following surgery, we’ll continue to carefully and attentively monitor your companion asthey recover to their usual self. In our protocol, we have a technician assigned to your pet: the tech has one, vital responsibility – ensuring your pet has a smooth, gentle, and safe recovery.  Once your pet if fully recovered, sitting up and comfortable, that technician will call you – explain how the surgery went, and discuss a time that your pet can be discharged from the hospital, to come back home into your loving care. Once you arrive, we’ll go over our aftercare instructions. This may include an appropriate pain control plan to help your pet recover as comfortably as possible once he or she returns home.

If, at any time following your pet’s surgery, you have any questions or concerns – no matter how small or insignificant they may seem – we encourage you to call us. We’d like to set your mind at ease and provide your pet with the best chance at a full and speedy recovery.

If you recently found out your pet needs surgery, there’s no need to panic. The surgical team at Don Head Village Animal Clinic is ready, willing and able to assist you with all of your pet’s surgical needs.