From routine spays and neuters, dental extractions, tumour removals and fracture repairs – surgery is a natural part of any pet’s life. No matter how minor the procedure may be, it is important to have a reliable veterinary support system. Our team here at South Shore Veterinary Services is not only fully equipped and qualified to perform a full range of surgical services, our dedicated veterinarians and technicians also have decades of combined experience between them. You can rest assured your furry family member will be in capable hands with our team. Call us at 902.543.5602 to learn more.
Is anesthesia safe for pets?
Yes, it is safe for the vast majority of pets. Before your pet goes under anesthesia, we conduct a complete set of tests to make sure they are a good candidate for the medicine, and to calculate the right amount for their weight, age and overall health condition.
What is the difference between local and general anesthesia?
The main difference between the two is that under local anesthesia, the patient will still be awake while the area to be treated will be completely numb; with general anesthesia, your pet will be asleep. The type of anesthesia chosen varies between each pet. General anesthesia is typically used for dental cleanings/extractions, soft-tissue surgery, spays and neuters, etc.
What is normal behaviour for pets after surgery?
Although all patients are different, there are common actions you can watch out for. Most pets will seem fatigued and sleepy after their surgery due to the lingering effects of anesthesia. Mild whining or crying is also normal as they may feel slight discomfort before their pain medications take effect. Some pets even experience nausea and vomiting. These are all normal side effects that usually subside in a matter of hours or a few days.