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Do you perform surgeries at your clinic?
Yes! Our state-of-the-art surgical suite is equipped for all kinds of routine surgeries, including spays, neuters, and basic soft tissue surgery, like mass removals, laceration repairs, and dental surgery.
What are common surgical procedures for cats and dogs?
A few of the most common surgeries for cats and dogs include:
- Elective procedures like spays and neuters
- Hernia repairs
- Dental surgery, including teeth cleaning and dental extractions
- Bladder stone removal
- Aural hematoma repair
- Cleaning and closing a wound
- Foreign body removal (like if your pet has swallowed something inedible)
- Mass removals, including tumours and other growths
- Biopsies for the diagnosis of tumours and other diseases
Does my pet need a pre-op appointment?
Yes. It’s important for our vets to examine your pet before they undergo surgery. At your pet’s pre-op appointment we’ll do a physical exam, plus some bloodwork to make sure they’re in good health and that it's safe for them to undergo anesthesia.
What can I expect on my pet’s surgery day?
Before your pet has surgery, we’ll see them for a pre-operative appointment. We’ll discuss the procedure with you and do a physical exam, plus some bloodwork to make sure your pet is healthy for surgery.
The night before your pet’s surgery, make sure they don’t eat anything from midnight onwards. You can keep offering water until the morning of the surgery. (Make sure everyone in your household is aware, so no one accidentally gives your pet breakfast!)
You’ll drop your pet off with us in the morning and leave them at the clinic until the surgery is complete, and they’ve recovered from the anesthesia. We’ll send you updates to let you know how your pet is doing and when it’s time to pick them up.
Does my pet need to go under anesthesia?
Yes, all surgeries require some level of anesthesia. This ensures they’re safe and cannot feel any pain during the procedure. Before the procedure, we’ll schedule a pre-operative appointment to make sure your pet’s a suitable candidate. We also use state-of-the-art monitoring equipment to ensure they’re safe during the procedure itself. If there are ever any doubts about the safety of anesthesia for your pet, your vet will speak to you about possible alternatives.
Is surgery painful?
Because we use anesthesia, your pet’s surgical procedure will be as pain-free as possible. We also use injectable pain medications and local anesthetic wherever necessary. After your pet’s procedure, we’ll send you home with pain medication to keep them comfortable.
Can I feed my pet before their surgery?
No—just like with certain human surgeries, it can be dangerous for your pet to eat before surgery. When your pet is under anesthesia, their body’s reflexes are temporarily stopped. If their stomach has food and drink in it, there's a risk of vomiting, which can affect breathing or cause damage to your pet’s lungs.
Overnight fasting before surgery helps prevent this from happening. The night before your pet’s surgery, you’ll need to withhold food from midnight onwards, but you can keep offering water until the morning of the procedure. Make sure everyone in your household is aware so no-one accidentally gives your pet breakfast!
How long will the surgery take?
Depending on the procedure, your pet’s surgery will take anywhere from a few minutes to a couple of hours. For most surgeries, you’ll drop your pet off in the morning and will pick them up later that day. For complex surgeries, your pet may need a longer period of hospitalization or an overnight stay. Our vets will always give you a timeframe for your pet’s procedure and recovery beforehand.
How should I care for my pet post-surgery?
Your pet’s recovery time and care requirements will depend on the procedure. Most pets recover relatively quickly from surgery and anesthesia. A little drowsiness and some post-anesthesia anxiety or fussiness is normal. Some pets may want to play again the same day, but they should be kept calm to help them recover. Dogs should only take short, leashed walks to relieve themselves. Our vets will advise on the exact recovery timeframe for your pet.
If you can, restrict your pet to a quiet room or area where they can’t run or jump. If you’re crating your dog, make sure their bedding is clean and dry to prevent the risk of infection. Cats should have a clean litter tray nearby and you should remove any toys that encourage lots of play. Chew toys and food puzzle toys can be helpful distractions. We may prescribe a medication to help your pet stay calm while they recover.
If necessary, we’ll send your pet home with pain medication to keep them comfortable, and an E-collar (an Elizabethan collar) to prevent them from licking, chewing, or irritating the surgical site.
For any procedures requiring anesthesia, we’ll schedule a complimentary post-op exam within 10-14 days. We want to make sure your pet’s healing well and, if needed, remove their stitches.
How long will it take for my pet to recover?
Your pet’s recovery time will depend on their procedure, as well as their age and overall health. In general, soft tissue surgeries (like spays and neuters) take 10-14 days for a full recovery. Our vets will discuss recovery in your pre-operative appointment.
Are there any activities my pet should avoid after surgery?
Depending on the procedure, some activities will be off-limits for your pet. Generally, it’s best to restrict play, jumping, and exercise until your pet’s fully recovered. Avoid any activity that puts pressure on your pet’s incision site. Chew toys and food puzzle toys are great ways to keep your pet stimulated while they recover.
Do they need to come back for a follow-up appointment?
For any procedures requiring anesthesia, we’ll schedule a complimentary post-op exam within 10-14 days. We want to make sure your pet’s healing well and, if needed, remove their stitches. The follow-up appointment is included in the cost of your pet’s procedure at Juno.
How much will it cost?
Surgery costs will vary depending on the procedure, your pet’s sex, weight, health, and other factors. Price transparency is important to us, so you’ll know the total cost of the procedure upfront, every time. Contact us any time if you have questions about pricing.