Spaying involves removing the ovaries and uterus and prevents female animals from becoming pregnant. By spaying your female pet, you’re protecting her against potentially deadly diseases, including bacterial infections, reproductive tract diseases, and several types of cancer. You also won’t have to worry about her going into heat, which helps control the dog and cat overpopulation problem, keeping more animals out of shelters.
Fredericton Animal Hospital is one of the few veterinary clinics in Canada, and the only one in New Brunswick, to offer laparoscopic spays. Laparoscopic procedures are gentler, less painful, and often faster than surgery conducted by the conventional approach. Studies have demonstrated that dogs spayed using this technique experience up to 60% less pain and recover faster compared to dogs spayed using the traditional method. To learn more about our laparoscopic spay, click here
Neutering involves removing the testicles and prevents male animals from reproducing. Neutering can help your dog or cat live a longer, healthier life by reducing or eliminating his risk for prostate and testicular cancer and sexually transmitted diseases. Neutering will also reduce or eliminate undesirable and embarrassing behaviour, including roaming, fighting, and humping, which will help control the dog and cat overpopulation problem, keeping more animals out of shelters.
Soft Tissue Surgery
Soft tissue surgeries are those that are not associated with bone. We do a broad range of soft tissue procedures including mass removals, foreign body removals, cryptorchid neuters, intestinal resections, mass removal, skin flaps, contaminated wound management and cancer (oncologic) surgery.
We perform many types of orthopedic (bone) surgeries in our clinic. Dr. Crandlemire-Reid’s special interests and training include orthopedic surgery: cruciate surgery, patella luxation repair and fracture repair.
What Happens When My Pet is Having Surgery?
On surgery morning, we do a complete examination of your pet. Our technicians perform blood a blood test to ensure your pet is healthy enough to be operated on. Their kidney, liver, protein and glucose levels are tested so we can determine amounts of anesthesia and post-operative pain medications to use.
Once your pet is admitted, she is taken to treatment and injected with sedative to calm them. Your pet rests in their own kennel, on warm blankets and under the careful monitoring of a veterinary assistant.
Just before the procedure, an IV catheter is placed in your pet’s leg to deliver general anesthetic and other fluids. Once your pet is under anesthesia, they will feel nothing. A tube is placed into their windpipe to deliver oxygen an anesthesia. A registered veterinary technician, working with the veterinarian, monitors anesthesia, fluid and oxygen levels, heart rate and blood pressure throughout the procedure, while another technician assists the doctor. Our surgery suite is a special room dedicated to surgery and is careful cleaned and maintained, along with our surgical equipment and tools.
Once the procedure is performed a veterinary technician nurses your pet through initial recovery. Once your pet can stand, dogs will be taken outside for bodily needs, and cats will be offered a litter box. They will then rest in their own kennel with IV, medications, food if needed and monitored by our technicians and assistants.
You will be given a copy of your pet’s discharge instructions and a technician and a veterinarian will then take you to a quiet area and review the current treatment plan and discuss home and follow up care with you. You will receive any necessary medications for your pet and discuss instructions for administering.
Please do not hesitate to ask if you require any assistance getting your pet into your vehicle. We are here to help. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask before you leave and call us anytime after surgery at 455-1700 and one of our veterinarians or the on-call veterinarian will be available to help.
We provide a full-range of routine to advanced surgical procedures.