Surgery

In our state-of-the-art surgery suite, our doctors can perform all kinds of routine surgeries, including spays, neuters, basic soft tissue surgery, such as mass removals, laceration repair, abscesses, and dental procedures.

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Cat & Dog Surgery FAQs

  • Does my pet need a pre-op appointment?

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    Yes, it’s important for our vets to examine your pet before they undergo surgery, to ensure they’re in good health and there are no unforeseen risks. At your pet’s pre-op appointment, we’ll conduct a physical examination, bloodwork and an ECG to make sure your pet is ready for anesthesia.

  • Does my pet need to go under anesthesia?

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    This depends on the procedure, but for most surgeries, your pet will need to undergo anesthesia, to ensure they’re safe and cannot feel any pain during the procedure. Anesthesia is a common procedure and is very safe; your vet will conduct checks, including blood tests, to make sure your pet is a suitable candidate for anesthesia before the procedure. If there’s ever any doubt about the safety of anesthesia for your pet, your vet will speak to you about suitable alternatives.

  • How does anesthesia work?

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    Anesthesia means “lack of sensation”. It involves a combination of sedatives and anesthetic agents, to keep your pet unconscious and unable to feel anything during the procedure. First, they will receive an injection in the muscle to help relax them, and then an IV will be administered to render them unconscious. For your pet, it will feel like falling asleep. When surgery is complete, the anesthetic medication will be reduced slowly, allowing your pet to regain consciousness. They may feel a little sleepy and groggy afterwards for a few hours.

  • Can I feed my pet before their surgery?

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    No. The night before your pet’s surgery, you’ll need to withhold food from midnight onwards, but you can keep providing water. Make sure everyone in your household is aware, so no-one accidentally gives them breakfast!

  • How long will the surgery take?

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    Your pet’s surgery time will depend on the complexity of the procedure. For many surgeries, you’ll drop your pet off in the morning and will be able to pick them up later the same day once the anesthesia has worn off. For complex surgeries, your pet may require a longer period of hospitalization. Our doctors will be able to advise on a specific timeframe for your pet’s surgery.

  • How long will it take for my pet to recover?

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    Your pet’s recovery time will depend on their procedure, as well as their age and general health. Our doctors will be able to advise further during your pre-operative appointment.

  • Are there any activities they should avoid after surgery?

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    Certain activities may be off-limits for a period of time after your pet’s surgery; these will vary depending on the procedure. Our doctors will provide thorough instructions during your pre-op appointment and in your pet’s discharge notes. Generally, it’s best to restrict play and exercise as much as possible until your pet is fully recovered. Certainly avoid any activity that puts pressure on your pet’s incision site and avoid boisterous play. Chew toys and food puzzle toys can be helpful to keep your pet stimulated during this time.

  • Do they need to come back for a follow-up appointment?

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    Yes, generally after all procedures requiring anesthesia, your pet will come back for a follow-up visit in 10-14 days. We will check the surgical site and remove stitches when applicable. The cost of this initial follow-up is included in the cost of your pet’s procedure at Small Door.

  • How much will it cost?

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    Surgery costs will vary depending on the procedure itself, your pet’s sex, weight, reaction to the procedure, and other factors. The cost may also vary depending on your membership plan (as some costs are included in certain plans), and we’ll also perform a pre-operative exam to ensure your pet is ready to undergo anesthesia. Please email hi@smalldoorvet.com to inquire about costs for your pet.

  • Do you accept insurance?

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    Yes, we accept all forms of pet insurance.

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