Our board-certified veterinary surgeon at Coastal Care Veterinary Emergency & Referral Hospital in Halifax performs advanced surgery that puts your pet’s safety and comfort at the forefront.
Advanced Surgery for Dogs & Cats in Halifax & Beyond
At Coastal Care Veterinary Emergency & Referral Hospital, we are equipped with three cutting-edge surgical suites staffed by experts in veterinary surgery. We offer a range of complex surgeries such as TPLO, total hip replacement, gastrointestinal surgeries, and more.
When your dog or cat is referred to our Halifax veterinary hospital for surgery, a pre-op appointment will be scheduled to give our surgeon an opportunity to assess the overall health of your pet and discuss recommended diagnostic tests, details of the procedure, risks and expected outcomes with you.
Veterinary surgeries are always performed with your pet's well-being foremost in our minds. During your dog or cat's procedure, our devoted surgical team will provide carefully controlled anesthesia and pain management, and continually monitor your companion's condition using electronic monitoring equipment.
Please Note: Specialty services require a referral from a primary care veterinarian. Specialty appointments will be scheduled once the hospital is open.
Our Board-Certified Veterinary Surgeon
After graduating from veterinary school, those wishing to become surgical specialists undertake a rigorous four-year training program. At our hospital, Dr. Tamara MacDonald, Board-Certified Veterinary Surgeon, offers advanced procedures to treat sick and injured pets from across Eastern Canada.
The Surgical Process at Our Veterinary Hospital
At Coastal Care Veterinary Emergency & Referral Hospital, everything we do, every decision we make, is focused on working towards the best possible outcomes for our cherished patients.
Anesthesia & Pain Management
Each patient has an anesthetic plan that is tailored to his or her specific condition. Overall cardiovascular health and lab work are taken into consideration with each pet.
We take extra care to ensure your pet is pain-free during and after surgery often by using a multimodal approach (i.e. local anesthetic, epidural anesthesia and systemic medications).
Continuous Patient Monitoring
We use state-of-the-art monitoring equipment (EKG, oscillometric blood pressure, arterial line, pulse oximetry, end tidal CO2, etc.) to monitor your pet’s vitals during surgery.
All of our procedures utilize a strict sterile technique. This means our operative suite has positive pressure airflow and the room is cleaned after every procedure.
Our surgeons also use sterile prep and full surgical attire (sterile gloves, surgical cap, surgical gown).
Once surgery is complete, your veterinarian will contact you to discuss the procedure and plan.
Some pets are able to return home the next day while others are required to stay longer. It ultimately depends on the complexity of the procedure and your pet’s health status.
When you arrive to pick up your pet, we will provide you with discharge instructions and answer any questions you have.