We Ensure Your Pet Receives the Very Best Care Every Step of the Way of His Surgery
The staff at Hill & Harbour Veterinary Center understand that surgery, whether elective or not, is a stressful time for the family. Therefore, we have established goals and protocols to ensure that your pet’s surgery is as smooth as possible. Our doctors and staff are well trained to make sure the process is handled with compassion and the best care.
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 complete a thorough physical exam and bloodwork to ensure that your pet is not at risk for complications.
- Dedicated surgical suites: To prevent post-surgical infections, surgeries are performed in a sterile room only used for surgical procedures.
- Surgical attire: Our team wears disposable caps and masks when entering the surgical suite. Anyone involved in the procedure itself 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 pet owners 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.
- Post Surgical Follow Up: Following your pet’s surgery, we check in during the days following the procedure. We schedule an appointment with your veterinarian two weeks after his surgery to ensure the site is healing properly.
- Spays and Neuters
- Caesarian Sections
- Gastrointestinal Surgeries
- Gastropexies (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 (non-cosmetic)
- Eyelid Surgeries
- Eye Removal (Enucleation)
Pre-surgical instructions can vary depending on the type of procedure performed, and whether or not the 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.
- Allow fresh water until 6am the morning of the procedure.
- Be on time for your pet’s surgery. Delays potentially threaten the wellbeing your pet as well as other pets in line. We ask that you arrive at 8:15 am.
- Listen carefully to post surgical instructions from your veterinary care team, and call the hospital if you have any questions regarding care for your pet. We will provide you with written post operative instructions highlighting all the important aspects of your pet’s surgical recovery.