The staff at Hill & Harbour Veterinary Center understand that surgery, whether elective or not, is a stressful time for the family.  

Our surgical goals are threefold:

  • Minimize the stress of hospitalization for both patient and pet owner
  • Ensure the safety of the pet at ALL times
  • Uphold strict asepsis and proper surgical technique

To reach our goals, we uphold the highest standards in veterinary surgical care.  Our protocols include:

  • Pre-surgical assessments: Prior to surgery, we will complete a comprehesive physical exam and bloodwork to ensure that your pet is not at risk for complications while under general anesthesia.
  • Dedicated surgical suites: To prevent post-surgical infections and cross-contamination, surgeries are performed in a room used only for sterile surgical procedures.
  • Surgical attire: Staff must wear disposable caps and masks when entering the surgical suite. Anyone involved in the procedure itself must also wear sterile gowns and single-use gloves.
  • Sterile packs and equipment: Surgical instruments are carefully cleaned, sterilized, and wrapped prior to each procedure to help prevent infections.
  • Ongoing Dialogue: We are in constant contact with our petowners throughout the day of their pet’s surgical procedure.  We provide important updates and welcome phone calls from our pet parents as often as needed to make them feel at ease.

Surgeries Performed at Hill & Harbour Include:

  • Spay
  • Neuter
  • Caesarian Section
  • Pyometra
  • Gastrointestinal Surgery
  • Gastropexy (stomach anchoring)
  • Spleen Removal
  • Mass Removal
  • Cruciate Ligament Repair (ACL)
  • Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy (TPLO)
  • Tibial Tuberosity Advancement (TTA)
  • Extracapsular Technique
  • Fracture Repair
  • Femoral Head Ostectomy (FHO)
  • Laceration/Wound Reconstruction
  • Anal Sac Removal
  • Tail Amputation
  • Eyelid Surgery
  • Eye Removal (Enucleation)

Pre-Surgical Instructions

Pre-surgical instructions can vary depending on the type of procedure performed, and whether or not the dog surgery is emergency or planned. We will provide you with detailed instructions prior to your pet’s surgery, however, a general guideline for preoperative preparations include:

  • Follow your vet’s recommendations for feeding and drinking the day before and/or morning of the surgery.
    • All patients must fast from midnight the night before the procedure.
    • We will ask you to pick up the water bowl and not allow your pet to drink water the morning of the surgery.
  • Be on time for your pet’s surgery, as delays potentially threaten the wellbeing of the tardy pet, as well as the other pets in line.  We ask that you arrive between 8:00 and 8:30 am.
  • Listen carefully to post surgical instruction from your veterinary care team and call the hospital if you have any questions regarding the post op care for your pet. We will provide you with written post operative instructions highlighting all the important aspects of your pet’s surgical recovery.

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