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Surgical Services for Pets

Our team here at Antigonish Veterinary Clinic is able to perform a wide range of surgical procedures for all of our patients from pocket pets, rabbits, cats, dogs and larger animals such as equine. Surgeries are a natural part of the lives of most animals, as most will most likely need to be spayed, neutered, or require dental extractions (which are also considered as a form of veterinary surgery). We have the capability to perform surgeries at our facility and also on site in the farms and stables of our clients. To learn more about our surgical services, please call us at 902.863.3157 and a member of our team will be happy to help you with your inquiries.

What kinds of surgeries can pets get?

Your pet may need to go under the knife for routine and emergency reasons. For example, foreign body removals is something that we actually see quite often. You would be surprised at how often furry friends mistake coins, keys, pens and other items as yummy treats.

What should I do to prepare my dog/cat for surgery?

It is perfectly natural to worry about your pet before they undergo surgery, but you can rest easy knowing that they will be in capable hands. Your veterinarian will thoroughly review everything that you can do to help prepare your pet for their procedure. Every pet is different and each procedure has different requirements. That being said, making sure that your pet doesn’t eat any solid foods the morning of their procedure, and arriving on time are general steps that we ask of most of our pet parents.

How long can pet surgeries take?

Again, each case is unique but for the most part, surgeries take between 2 to 4 hours. On your part as your pet’s primary caregiver, the recovery period is where you can make the most impact. Recovery for surgeries can take anywhere from a few hours to a few months along with rehabilitation programs, so a strong collaboration between owner and veterinary team is crucial.

Last updated: April 29, 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

3. OPERATING HOURS

Monday - Friday: 8:00 am – 12:00 pm, 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Saturday: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Sunday: Closed

We offer after-hours emergency care services to the clients and pets in our community. If your pet is experiencing an emergency after hours, please call our clinic phone number, and you will be directed to the veterinarian on-call for further assistance. 

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 Antigonish Veterinary Clinic