You can depend on Rivers Animal Hospital to be prepared for routine and emergency pet surgery at our Winnipeg clinic. Whether your small-breed dog needs corrective surgery for kneecap dislocation or your older cat requires dental surgery, we are a full-service animal hospital well-equipped for major and minor procedures. We are supported by our in-house laboratory and X-rays, and our associate veterinary hospital provides endoscopy and ultrasound diagnostic technology.
In a surgical consultation, our veterinarian will ensure you have a clear understanding of any surgical procedure and your options for caring for your pet’s condition. You will be fully informed about pre-surgery instructions and post-surgery care at home. Our staff works to make your cat or dog more comfortable with the appropriate pain management. And we create a calm and relaxing atmosphere to lower the anxiety level for both your pet and you.
In the unfortunate event of injury or unexpected illness, Rivers Animal Hospital performs emergency surgery as well as the more commonly scheduled surgeries. Are you not sure about your pet’s health? We encourage you to call for a consultation today. The surgical services for pets we provide include:
Many veterinarians will neuter or spay young dogs at 5 to 9 months of age. Cats can begin mating as young as 4 months of age, and are more commonly neutered or spayed if they are 6 to 8 weeks old and/or weigh at least 2 pounds.
Like with surgery on humans, many pet surgeries require general anesthesia and have some of the same precautions for the day of the procedure. Anesthetics dampen the swallowing reflex and can cause nausea, so having an empty stomach during surgery lessens the likelihood your pet will vomit while sedated. This then prevents inhaling vomit into the lungs and possible aspiration pneumonia, which can be fatal. Our veterinarian and staff will give you specific instructions for your individual cat or dog, and we always answer any questions you may have.
Here are some steps you might be asked to take at home the night before or morning of surgery:
On the morning of surgery, we may need you to drop off your pet early for certain pre-surgical procedures, such as:
You may stay and wait during your pet’s surgery. We are here to help make you and your pet feel calm and secure. If you need to work, leave us a contact number to tell you when your pet is out of surgery. We will let you know if your cat or dog needs to stay overnight or can go home.
Your pet may need to stay at our facility overnight for recovery or observation, including for spaying since it is a more invasive surgery than neutering. Before you take your pet home, our veterinarian will give you complete instructions for care and medications as needed. And our staff welcomes your call if you have a question once your dog or cat is back in their environment. We will help you with the details for post-surgery home care, which usually includes:
Because of sudden illness or severe trauma, your cat or dog may need immediate medical attention. In these cases, our veterinarian offers emergency treatment and pet surgery at our Winnipeg animal hospital. Up to date on veterinary medicine and surgical techniques, Rivers Animal Hospital offers a full range of minor and major pet surgery services. From spay/neuter to dental surgery, contact us for a consultation today.