Our Unique Approach to Surgery

Your pet is very important to us at Canyon Creek Animal Clinic and we know that he/she plays a special role in your family, which is why we have a unique approach to surgery. Many clinics reduce the standard of surgical care to reduce the cost of their surgical procedures. Reducing surgical care standards may cause your pet to feel pain and even compromise their safety, which is not an option for us. Our compassionate, personalized, and high standard surgical care is designed to ensure your pet has the safest and most comfortable experience.

Why Our Exemplary Surgical Plan is Better for You and Your Pet:

  • Surgical check-in with a pet nurse — allows you time to ask questions, gain information, and receive any necessary reassurance from a team member who will be directly involved with your pet’s care throughout the day.
  • Direct hotline to a pet nurse — you may call to receive instant updates about your pet throughout the day.
  • Veterinary pre-surgical physical exam — since your pet cannot tell you if they feel ill on the day of their surgery, your pet's doctor will perform individual exams before any procedures begin. This ensures your pet is not running a fever and is in good physical condition prior to surgery.
  • Pre-surgical labwork — labwork is important because it tells us how your pet's body is functioning internally. Even if your pet seems healthy on the outside, it is possible for them to have infection, anemia, or organ dysfunction which could keep them from processing anesthesia correctly.
  • Intravenous (IV) catheter — provides direct access to your pet's bloodstream for IV fluid administration. The catheter also serves as a port should we need to make any alterations to anesthesia or administer peri-operative antibiotic or pain injections.
  • Pre-surgical antibiotic injection and pain injection — helps to minimize infection and pain in your pet before the procedure even begins.
  • IV fluids — peri-operative fluids prevent dehydration and help to ensure that your pet’s blood pressure remains high enough to provide sufficient blood supply to vital organs since anesthesia may lower his/her natural blood pressure.
  • Anesthesia — typically we will use a combination of pre-surgical injections to sedate your pet and stabilize their vital signs, such as heart rate and blood pressure. We then intubate your pet to protect their windpipe during anesthesia and administer inhalant anesthesia. At CCAC, we use Sevofluorane gas anesthesia, which is the same inhalant used in human surgical procedures. Sevo is short acting and processed through the body within seconds, making for a faster and safer recovery for your pet.


If your pet’s procedure is expected to be non-invasive and take less than 20-30 minutes your pet's doctor will use IV injectable anesthesia and a reversal agent to accelerate your pet’s recovery.

  • Surgical monitoring — our advanced monitoring equipment keeps a running tab on your pet’s respiration rate, blood-oxygen levels, blood pressure, body temperature, heart rate, and heart beat pattern (EKG). These readings allow us to assess your pet’s blood flow and oxygenation status, which is of utmost importance for vital organ health. Your pet's doctor and nurse are also able to make sure your pet’s heart is beating correctly and verify that he/she is not too hot, too cold or painful.
  • Private recovery area — warm towels/blankets are provided to your pet in a quiet area so he/she may recover without the stress of noise or discomfort.
  • Post-operative nursing care — our nurses skillfully monitor your pet for any signs of post-operative complications and maintain a clean and comfortable recovery.
  • Post-surgical telephone consultation by your pet's nurse — we know you worry about your pet and we want to make sure you stay in the loop. Your pet's nurse will call you after surgery to discuss the surgical procedure, recovery, and post-operative instructions. You may, instead, receive a phone call from your pet's doctor if you so wish.
  • Post-surgical discharge consultation with your pet's doctor — eliminates confusion because she will explain post-operative care instructions, medications, and answer any questions or concerns you may have.
  • Suture removal procedure — 10-14 days after surgery, when your pet has healed, one of our doctors will remove the sutures and verify that the incision has healed properly.


What Do I Need To Know Before Surgery?

  • Please remove your pet’s food by 10:00 pm the night before surgery.
  • Water may be given the night before and morning of surgery, but removed by 7:00 am.
  • Always check with your pet's doctor before giving any medication the morning of surgery.
  • Surgical admitting is between 7:00 am and 7:30 am.
  • Please allow 15-20 minutes for a pet nurse to go over paperwork and answer questions.