Surgical Services

Most planned surgical procedures are performed at our clinic during the weekdays. Common surgical procedures include spaying, neutering, soft-tissue surgery such as lump removal, bladder or anal sac surgery, wound repair, biopsies (taking a small sample from a tissue for testing) and dental tooth extractions. More complicated soft-tissue and orthopedic surgeries requiring a specialist can be arranged by us, performed in-house, to a trusted local board-certified veterinary surgeon, so your pet stays at a familiar place.

Surgery for your pet is performed under general and/or local anesthesia.

It is very important for the health of your pet that a physical examination and pre-anesthetic laboratory testing be carried out no more than 1 month prior to a planned surgical procedure. This allows us to assess the health of your pet and identify any potential risk factors that may affect the success of general anesthetic. We will decide upon and discuss the safest and most appropriate surgical plan as well as the method of anesthesia and pain control for the procedure.

We take pain control very seriously for our patients. St. Vital Veterinary Hospital uses Intercontinental Veterinary Association of Pain Management (IVAPM) guidelines. We use the IVAPM guidelines to provide “multi-modal” pain management to customize our pain control protocol for each patient. We take into account physical and organ system wellness, temperament, previous history, anticipated degree of discomfort from the procedure and the feasibility of continuing the pain management at home. We use pain control before, during and after a surgical procedure, which has been shown to provide the fastest recovery from surgery. We incorporate various combinations of pre and post operative pain

All pets undergoing surgery have their temperature controlled externally with warm water circulating blankets, and heated blankets. Their vitals (Temperature, pulse and respiration), in addition to their blood pressure are monitored throughout their procedure. Most patients undergoing general anesthetic are placed on intra-venous (I.V.) fluids to aid in blood pressure management, provide an I.V. access to deliver medications and help flush out anesthesia once their procedure is finished. We continue to protect their eyes with a corneal lubricant during and after surgery while the blink reflex is compromised, and we ensure their bladder is emptied for comfort.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about our surgical services we provide


If we feel that your pet needs advanced diagnostic, surgical or medical procedures beyond the scope of our practice, we do not hesitate to make referrals to the appropriate specialist or practice. This can include: endoscopy, CT, MRI, high risk surgeries. We keep track of your pet’s progress and stay very involved in your pet’s case, acting as liaison between you and the specialist should that be required. Be assured your pet will always get the level of medicine we would provide or acquire for our own pets. Any follow-up can be done at our hospital if ongoing treatment or medication is required.