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Surgical Services for Cats

As loving pet parents, we understand how nervous you can be at the thought of your feline friend “going under the knife.” Fear not – surgery is a routine part of the lives of cats. (Remember, dental extractions and spays/neuters are considered surgical operations.) With a team like ours that exclusively treats kittens and cats, you guarantee the best care for your pet. Over the years, our veterinarians have fine-tuned their techniques for the specific needs of our feline patients. Call us at 250.475.2287 to find out why we are the best choice for your cat’s surgical needs.

What type of surgeries do you perform at your clinic?

With our team of experienced veterinary surgeons and modern facilities, we can conduct a wide variety of procedures. Some of our most commonly performed surgeries include:

  • Spay (ovariohysterectomy) and neuter (castration): Removal of the reproductive organs to eliminate risk for unwanted pregnancies, certain cancers and illness, as well as aggressive behaviours.
  • Dental cleanings and extractions: All performed under general anesthesia. Please beware of businesses or groomers that offer “cosmetic” or “anesthesia-free” cleanings. These are unsafe and ineffective, only cleaning the surface of your pet’s teeth, leaving problems beneath the gum line masked and undetected.
  • Histology – Biopsies: Removing growths, foreign bodies and other tissues/cells from your pet’s body. Depending upon placement, your cat may require light sedation or general anesthetic. Most samples are sent to the laboratory for testing and labelling, which will dictate your cats’ treatment schedule.
  • Cystotomy: A surgical incision into the bladder to collect tissue samples or to remove stones. Performed under general anesthetic, with recovery time varying from case to case.
  • Endoscope, Rhinoscope: Involves inserting a long and thin camera inside your pet to analyse their gastrointestinal or respiratory system, as well as to remove foreign bodies and help in performing other types of surgeries.

    How can I prepare my cat for their surgery?

    This will vary depending on the exact procedure your cat will have, as well as their unique health profile, lifestyle and environment. That being said, we usually request cats are fasted overnight. Their last meal should be served no later than 10:00 pm the night before their operation. Patients are allowed to drink water overnight.

    What can I expect during my cat’s surgery?

    We will try to update you as much as we can throughout the procedure and immediately after. If your cat requires a general anesthetic, they are monitored pre-, peri-, and post-surgery for their body temperature, blood pressure, heart rate, and oxygen level within their blood. They are given an IV catheterization to assist with proper hydration during the surgery, so you may see several shaved spots on your cat – which will grow back in a few weeks. Then, you will be given detailed post-op care instructions to help you throughout your feline friend’s recovery process. Depending on their case, they may be required to stay with us overnight for monitoring.

  • Last Updated: August 20, 2021

    Dear Clients,

    With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we have made some important updates to our operating policies.

    1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
    This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!

    2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE

  • For your safety, and the safety of our staff and community, clients will not be allowed to enter the building. Upon arrival, please call us from your vehicle for further instructions.
  • Place your cat (in carrier) on the wicker table by the front door. Step back 6-feet to the designated yellow line or yellow boxes. A team member will retrieve your cat and obtain information from you. Please wear a mask at all times when engaging with our team members.
  • One of our veterinarians will examine your cat either over the phone in the exam room with large window for your viewing or as a drop off. Questions and concerns will be addressed over the phone and treatment plan arranged.
  • Continue the use of credit cards and e-transfers as the preferred payment method.
  • Continue with curbside pickup of food and medication (unless you have used our online store and are having your order delivered directly to your home). To place an order through our online store, visit our website and click on "Online Store".
  • If you are ill and/or showing symptoms: fever, dry cough, respiratory issues, chest pain or traveled in the last 2 weeks, please call us to reschedule your appointment OR have a friend or family member (not residing in your house) bring your cat in.

    3. OPERATING HOURS

    We are OPEN with the following hours:

    Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday: 7:30am - 6:00pm
    Tuesday: 7:30am - 7:00pm
    Saturday: 9:00am - 4:00pm
    Sunday: CLOSED

    NEW PET OWNERS

    Have you welcomed a new furry family member to your home? We’d love to meet them! Visit our Must Know New Pet Owner Information page for useful resources and helpful recommendations for new pet owners.

    Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

    - Your dedicated team at Pacific Cat Clinic