Drop off times for surgery are between 7:30am and 8:30am. Please ensure that you cat has been fasted overnight, with dinner removed at 10:00 the night previous, though they are allowed to have water overnight. We will require you to sign a consent form when dropping off your cat that allows us to contact you and update your cat's file, as well as plan for any emergent or urgent care.
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 kitty which will grow back in a few weeks.
Please read on for some of the surgeries performed at Pacific Cat Clinic.
Ovariohysterectomy: the surgical removal of the female reproductive organs, including ovaries, uterine horns, and uterus. Also known as a spay, this is for female animals only, and has the benefit of decreasing unwanted pregnancies, and different types of cancer.
Castration: the surgical removal of the the testes, performed on male animals. Also known as a neuter, both testicles must be fully descended in order for this surgery to be performed. If one or both testicles are not descended, this turns into a cryptorchid and a different surgery must be preformed to remove the testicle. Neutering your cat is beneficial for their health as it decreases the risk of cancer as well as unwanted pregnancies.
Dentistry: we perform dental cleanings and extractions while your cat is under general anesthetic, complete with full mouth x-rays, here in clinic. As animals cannot sit with their mouths open, this is a much safer options with sharps tools involved in the procedure.
Histology - Biopsies: the removal of cells or tissue from your animal. Depending upon placement, you 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: we work with specialists to get an inside look at your cats gastrointestinal or respiratory system.
Ultrasound: we work with specialists to obtain images of your cats organs. It involves sonography, using high frequency sound waves, and is not an invasive procedure.
Radiology: x-rays can be taken in house at Pacific Cat Clinic with our digital x-ray machine, with the pictures read by specialists who consult on our cases. Please be advised that our staff have specialized training to deal with x-ray machinery and it is not possible for clients to be in the room during these procedures.
DR. EUGENE GORDETSKY – SCOPe SPECIALIST
Dr. Gordetsky provides our endoscopy services. Endoscopy involves putting a long tube with camera into the gastrointestinal system to retrieve specimens, foreign bodies, or perform assessments. Scopes can also be done in the respiratory system, and require sedation.
DR. NANCY BROCK – ANESTHESIOLOGIST
Dr. Brock is a board-certified animal anesthesiologist who specializes in anesthetics for high-risk patients. We often work together to draw up specialized treatments plans for patients, that we will follow over the course of their care at Pacific Cat Clinic.
DR. MARNIE FORD – OPHTHALMOLOGIST
Dr. Ford is a board-certified veterinary ophthalmologist who works with us on complex eye issues. She provides us with quite the insight (pun intended).
DR. Pierre Burke – radiologist
Dr. Burke is a board-certified veterinary radiologist who assists us with our sonography needs, and provides us with quite a bit of humour!
DR. HANIF SUKhIANI – Surgeon
Dr. Sukhiani is a board-certified veterinary surgeon who we refer to for specialized procedures.