We remain open to provide care for your pets. We are following the direction of government and regulatory authorities and have implemented hospital and visit protocols to keep both you and our team safe. For regular updates on our hours and visit protocols, please follow our social media platforms.


Surgery Service for Dogs

What types of surgical services do you provide for dogs?

Surgery can cause a lot of worry for us when it is our pet going under the knife. Although it is never 100% safe, advances in anesthetics and expertly trained staff provide a caring environment that lends itself to safety. Surgery can be an elective procedure such as a spay or neuter that contributes to the long-term health of our pets. Surgery can also provide care and comfort to injured, ill or geriatric pets or be life-saving in emergency situations. We offer surgical services including spay/neuter, abdominal surgery, eye surgery, orthopedic surgery, reconstructive surgery and oncologic surgery. We also offer orthopedic surgery in the clinic by a board-certified veterinary surgeon as required.

What can I expect when my pet needs surgery?

Preparing for Surgery
During your appointment, your veterinarian will examine your pet, work with you to develop a plan for your pet and an estimate will be made for the surgical procedure. The surgical procedure may be performed by your veterinarian or it may be referred to the surgical veterinarian depending on the priority, procedure or schedule.

If your pet is senior, ill or suspected to be a high-risk anesthetic candidate, your veterinarian may require your pet to have blood work completed prior to surgery. You may also elect to have a blood panel performed on your otherwise healthy pet. Blood work provides valuable information on how your pet’s body is functioning and aids us in selecting an anesthetic protocol, though it does not guarantee anesthetic safety.

Food must be withheld from your pet 12 hours prior to the anesthetic, but water is allowed. Typically, this means no food after 9 pm the night before. If your pet is having multiple growths/masses removed, please fill out the “Lump Map” provided and indicate which ones are priorities. Depending on the nature of the growth/mass, we may recommend the tissue get sent to the pathologist to determine if the mass is cancerous if we can expect it to return and to determine the grade/progression.

The Procedure
When your pet arrives at the clinic, the surgical veterinarian will examine your pet and select an anesthetic protocol. Your pet will be sedated, and an IV catheter will be placed. If IV fluids are indicated, they will be started at this time. Your pet will then receive an injection of the anesthetic drug chosen, followed by placement of an endotracheal tube to protect the airway. A mixture of gas anesthetic and oxygen will be delivered through the tube to maintain anesthesia. Your pet will be monitored throughout the procedure and recovered by a Registered Veterinary Technologist. Upon recovery, your pet will have a pain control protocol in place. Depending on the procedure, your pet may be required to stay the night. When your pet is discharged, a Registered Veterinary Technician will go over the aftercare instructions.

The Aftercare
After the surgery is completed you will need to monitor the surgery site. Some swelling, redness and seepage are normal for the first few days. Please call if a large lump develops, there is smelly, green or cloudy discharge or if the sutures are missing or coming apart. It is very important that your pet not lick or scratch at the incision. To prevent this, your pet may need to wear a buster collar, a t-shirt or a sock. Your pet will likely be prescribed medications. It is very important that you give the medications as prescribed. If we are sending tissues to the pathologist, it may take 5-7 business days to get the results. A veterinarian will call you once the results come in.



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COVID-19: Additional measures we are taking

Dear Clients,

Due to the close contact that our work requires, we have taken additional measures to protect you and our team while providing care for your furry family members.

Last updated: Monday, May 25, 2020

1. We are currently operating a “closed waiting room” policy to protect our clients and staff. Please bring a cell phone to your appointment. If you don't have a cell phone, please let us know and we will email you a history form to fill out prior to your appointment. When you arrive, please remain in your vehicle and use your cell phone to call us at 250.374.1485. Be prepared to wait in your vehicle until our exam room is ready for your visit. Our team will arrange to meet you at the front door or at your vehicle. Please transfer your pet without any accoutrements (no clothing, toys, or other accessories). All cats must come in carriers. The doctor will call you on your cell phone to discuss the treatment plan.

2. We can now see all cases by appointment only.

3. We are still OPEN with the following hours:
Monday to Saturday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm.
With recent operation changes, we have decided to close for lunch daily between 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm. This closure ensures our staff gets a much-needed break and a chance to reorganize orders and catch up. Thank you for your understanding!

4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 2-4 business days as our suppliers are dealing with increased demand and are trying to fill orders as quickly as possible. We will advise you as soon as your order arrives. Please call us when you arrive to pick up your order, but do not enter the hospital. Our staff will bring your order to your car and take payment over the phone. You can also use our online store and have your food delivered directly to your home. To sign up for the Online Store, visit our website.

5. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available. Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our roles. As such, we have taken measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this virus.

Thank you for helping us be diligent for everyone's safety. As we have heard from all levels of government, the situation is fluid and any updates will be provided as changes occur.

- Your dedicated team at Kamloops Veterinary Clinic