Surgical FAQs

  • How long do the sutures stay in after my pet’s surgery?

    Many surgical procedures utilize dissolvable sutures which are buried under the skin and do not require removal. Procedures involving external sutures require them to be removed in 10-14 days following…

  • What is pre-anesthetic blood screening?

    These are blood tests that are run here in the clinic prior to surgery. They test the organ functions, blood counts and clotting function of your pet. The pre-anesthetic blood…

  • What other decisions do I need to make?

    While your pet is under anesthesia, it is the ideal time to perform other minor procedures, such as dentistry, ear cleaning, or implanting an identification microchip. If you would like…

  • Will my pet be in pain?

    Anything that causes pain in people can be expected to cause pain in animals. Pets may not show the same symptoms of pain as people do; they usually don’t whine…

  • Will my pet have stitches?

    For many surgeries, we use absorbable sutures underneath the skin. These will dissolve on their own, and do not need to be removed later. Some surgeries, especially tumor removals, do…

  • Is the anesthetic safe?

    Today’s modern anesthetic monitors have made surgery much safer than in the past. Here at Victoria Road Animal Hospital, we do a thorough physical exam on your pet before administering…