Surgery & Anaesthesia


It is important for you to know that not all veterinary hospitals approach anesthesia and surgery in the same way.


We understand how stressful it can be intrusting your pet to us for even the most routine surgery. 

You can be confident that your pet will be provided the highest quality of care with the most compassionate approach. This includes the latest pain management protocols, the most advanced monitoring equipment, a highly trained nursing staff, the safest anaesthesia, and even thermal warming mats to maintain body temperature.

When your pet is admitted to our hospital for surgery, several steps are taken before the actual surgery. On arrival, your pet's attending veterinary nurse will perform an admittance consultation with you to determine if there are any current issues that we can address prior to surgery. Any questions or concerns regarding the surgery can hopefully be alleviated and the attending nurse will be your point of contact during your pets stay.

After admittance a further examination will be conducted by the vet conducting surgery for the day. They will tailor a pre-anaesthetic and pain management plan for your pet.

If all is well, your pet's nurse will administer a pre-anaesthetic sedative to reduce pain, calm your pet, and reduce the amount of anaesthetic gas needed.  Later, a short acting drug is given to allow your pet to fall asleep. At that point, a breathing (endotracheal) tube will be placed and an anaesthetic gas will be administered directly into the lungs. We use the same anaesthesia as human hospitals. Monitors will be attached to your pet showing heart rate, blood pressure, and oxygen saturation. Based on our careful monitoring, anaesthesia can be adjusted accordingly, and any physiological changes can be detected before serious problems occur. 

Surgeries are performed in our dedicated surgery.  The veterinarians are gloved and gowned, and your pet's surgery site is prepped and scrubbed. Your pet is constantly monitored by an attending veterinary nurse during the procedure and when the surgery is complete, the anaesthesic gas is turned off and oxygen is administered. Your pet continues to be monitored by our trained staff during the recovery period, and is given additional injectable pain management later in the day.

Total Vets is on the forefront of pain management, providing a level of pain control for our patients that rivals or exceeds our human counterparts. Owners are often amazed how great their pet looks when they walk out to greet them, often with little or no indication that they have been under general anesthesia or had surgery.

In addition to standard neuter/spay procedures and mass removal surgeries, vets at Total Vets are qualified to perform advanced surgical procedures including ophthalmic (eye), otic (ear), orthopedic(bones and joints), gastrointestinal (stomach and intestines), urogenital (kidney, bladder and reproductive organs), and certain cardio/respiratory procedures.