We remain open to provide care for your pets. We are following the direction of government and regulatory authorities and have implemented hospital and visit protocols to keep both you and our team safe. For regular updates on our hours and visit protocols, please follow our social media platforms.
What types of surgical services do you provide for dogs?
At Companion Animal Hospital, we are pleased to offer orthopedic procedures in addition to soft tissue surgeries. Our highly skilled veterinarians paired with seasoned support staff make for the perfect surgery team.
First, create a plan that both you and your veterinarian are comfortable with. From there, you will be presented with an estimate so you can prepare for costs. For most surgical procedures, your pet will need pre-surgical bloodwork. It can be booked a few days before surgery to ensure that your pet is a good anesthetic candidate. If bloodwork is within normal limits, you will be contacted by a technician to let you know your pet has the “green light” for surgery. If there are any red flags (values not within normal limits), you will be contacted by the vet to discuss further treatment options.
What should I expect on surgery day?
So, bloodwork is good and your pet is ready for surgery – what’s next?
We admit our surgery patients into the hospital between 7:30 am – 8:00 am. When you arrive with your pet, the welcoming front staff will guide you to our scale to ensure we have an accurate weight for calculating medications. From there, you will meet the members of our surgery team. Our admission appointment is generally 5-10 minutes. Once you have given your dog hugs and kisses, we take them into our treatment area for the doctor to do one last full physical exam. Next, we sedate to relieve the stress of being in the hospital, and this allows us to place an IV catheter. IV catheters enable us to have vein access for induction agents, fluids throughout surgery and emergency medications if needed.
Upon recovery, your dog is housed in a kennel filled with blankets which provide warmth and soft bedding. We will comfort your pet for quite some time before giving you a call (around noon) to provide an update. During your phone call, we discuss the details of the procedure, what to expect for the evening, medications to go home, and we will set up a discharge time between 2:00 pm – 8:00 pm.
We love Halloween! From the cool and creative costumes, trick-or-treating, parties, and (let's be honest) the candy, Halloween can be a fun time for everyone. But, there are many hazards that our pets face during these fall festivities.
Due to the close contact that our work requires, we have taken additional measures to protect you and our team while providing care for your furry family members.
The following changes took effect Thursday, March 19, 2020:
1. We are currently operating a “closed waiting room” policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain in your vehicle and use your cell phone to call us at 902.434.3111. We will meet you at the door and bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. We will take a history of your pet over the phone. Once the examination is finished, the veterinarian will call you to discuss treatment etc for your pet. For those who do not have a cell phone, an easy knock at the door will work the same way!
2. We are continuing to accept appointments for urgent or sick pets, as well as time-sensitive appointments and surgeries. All other services will be scheduled for a later time.
3. The animal hospital is still OPEN with the following NEW hours as of Sunday, March 29, 2020 : Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 7:30 am - 6:00 pm Tuesday and Thursday: 10:00 am - 8:00 pm Saturday: 8:30 am - 2:00 pm Sunday: CLOSED.
4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 2-4 business days as our suppliers are dealing with increased demand and are trying to fill orders as quickly as possible. We will advise you as soon as your order arrives. Please call us when you arrive to pick up your order, but do not enter the hospital. Our staff will take payment over the phone and bring your order to the door. You can also use our online store and have your food delivered directly to your home. To sign up for the online store, visit our website.
5. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.
6. Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our roles. As such, we have taken measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this virus.
Thank you for helping us be diligent for everyone's safety. As we have heard from all levels of government, the situation is fluid and any updates will be provided as changes occur.
- Your dedicated team at Companion Animal Hospital