At Tecumseh Animal Hospital, Dr.Catherine Thomson McGhie, Dr.Ken MacKenzie & Dr.Shanna Perrry provide a wide range of on-site surgical services:
Orthopaedic Surgeries that include more complex procedures such as Cruciate Repairs and Canine Patella Luxation. Both Dr.Shanna Perry & Dr.Esther McCormick have taken advanced surgical training through Arthrex Vet Systems.
Walk through a typical surgery day from A to Z
Your Pet's Surgery at Tecumseh Animal Hospital
In order to answer your questions and ease your concerns, the following information and slideshow will explain the safe level of care that we offer.
On the morning of your pet's surgery, we will ask that you drop off your pet at a scheduled time between 8am-9am. Your Veterinarian will then order some pre-anaesthetic blood work in order to perform a minimum data base of tests. This allows us to check for anemia, kidney and liver functions and to ensure blood sugar/protein levels are within normal ranges. The Veterinarian will then perform a pre-anaesthetic exam to detect any abnormalities. You will be informed if there are any findings and if other tests are required.
Your pet will be medicated and sedated in order to reduce anxiety and to help reduce pain during surgery. They are placed on intravenous fluids which helps maintain normal blood pressure while under anaesthetic. Your veterinarian will select the most appropriate combination of medications that is most appropriate for your pets' health and life stage.
Once under anaesthetic, your pet is monitored constantly using a variety of technology, including an ECG, pulse oximetry, Doppler blood pressure monitoring and a breathing monitor. Our skilled and trained Veterinary Technicians perform these tasks under the guidance of our Doctors and according to our strict protocols.
Aspesis (or sterilization procedures), is followed throughout the surgery. This includes, new sterile needles for every injection and sterile instrument packs for every surgery. After a surgical hand scrub, our surgeons enter the surgical suite wearing sterile gowns, sterile gloves, mask and cap for every major surgery.
Asepsis is critical to prevent infections.
Your pet is maintained under anaesthetic with gas anaesthetics similar to those used in human hospitals. Their body temperature during surgery is maintained by a circulating warm water pad placed under them on the surgery table.
When surgery is completed, your pet will get settled in a nice warm and cozy bed. Before they wake, they receive more pain medication to ensure a comfortable, stress-free recovery. Once they are awake, we will phone you at your contact number to let you know that everything went well.
We understand that surgery is not only a big step in your pets' life, but can also be a stressful time for you as a pet parent. We at Tecumseh Animal Hospital, promise to care for your pet just as if it was our own. If you have any questions or concerns, please call us any time.
We want to earn your trust and we look forward to maintaining our relationship with you and your family throughout your pets' life.
Any more questions? Don't hesitate to call us or come in for a tour and we will walk you through the entire process. Let us know when you want to stop by.