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Animal Care Center of Polaris


Our hospital is ready to help you and your pets with a variety of surgical procedures. However, we require up-to-date vaccinations for surgery to be performed.

Surgery isn't going to be required for all of the health problems that your pet may face. However, there are some conditions for which surgery is the best possible course of action, such as:

  • Blockages: Your pet may develop a blockage and require surgery if they swallow something that they shouldn't have and it gets stuck.

  • Cancer: Depending on the severity of your pet's cancer, surgery may be necessary to remove some or all of their tumors.

  • Injuries: Pets with severe broken bounds or wounds may need surgery for reconstruction or repair.

  • Tooth decay: If your pet needs to have their teeth removed due to gum disease or tooth decay, dental surgery will be required.

Surgical Procedures We Offer

Our hospital is ready to help you and your pets with a variety of surgical procedures. Some of the most common surgeries that we perform include:

  • Dental surgery: If your pet needs to have a tooth or oral growth removed, they will need dental surgery to do so.

  • Injury repair surgery: If your pet has been seriously injured, they may require surgery.

  • Orthopedic surgery: If your pet has a broken bone or severe arthritis, they may require orthopedic surgery to repair or correct the problem.

  • Removal of foreign bodies: If your pet has a foreign body lodged in their digestive tract, they may require surgery to remove it.

  • Sterilizations: If you need to spay or neuter your pet, they will require a sterilization surgery.

  • Tumor removal surgery: If your pet has a cancerous or painful tumor, they may require surgery to remove it.

Surgical Instructions

  • Drop off is between 7am to 8am

  • No food/treats after midnight the night before your pets surgical procedure & nothing the morning of! (Small amounts of water is ok)

  • Please allow 10-15 mins for our reception staff to check-in your pet the morning of the surgery.

Vaccines Required:

Dogs – Rabies, Distemper (DHLPP or DA2PP), Bordetella (every 6 months), Negative Fecal test within the last year, and Canine Influenza H3N8 & H3N2

Cats – Rabies, Distemper (FVRCP) & negative fecal test

Post Surgery

After surgery, the clinic staff will monitor the pet until it is fully awake. After the pet is conscious and has been examined, the veterinarian or a technician will call to let the owner know the patient is ready to be discharged and go home.

In most cases, a pet will be discharged on the same day after the surgery, but in some cases, the veterinarian will recommend that the pet be hospitalized for a period of time.

Pre Surgical Prep

Pre-Anesthetic Bloodwork Testing –

There is always a possibility that a physical exam alone will not identify all of your pet’s health problems. We perform a pre- anesthetic profile (a combination of tests) be performed prior to anesthesia. The tests we recommend are similar to and equally important as those your own physician would run if you were to undergo anesthesia. It is important to understand that a pre- anesthetic profile does not guarantee the absence of anesthetic complications and risk. It may however, greatly reduce the risk of complications as well as identify medical conditions that could require medical treatment in the future.

Intravenous Catheter –

Placing an IV catheter provides a route to give injections to your pet quickly into their circulation should an emergency situation arise. Many anesthetics can lower blood pressure, cause blood vessels to relax, and slow the heart rate. Administering IV fluids during surgery helps to keep your pet’s blood pressure and blood volume steady and ensure that oxygen and important nutrients continue to reach the organs that need them.

Additional Pain Relief –

Our anesthetic protocols are aimed at providing a safe and effective means of anesthesia and pain relief before, during and after a surgical procedure. This is usually adequate; however pets, like people, differ greatly in their tolerance for and reaction to pain. Additional post-operative analgesics (pain medications) might be started in the hospital with a simple injection that lasts 24 hours. Oral medications will be dispensed to be given at home.

Surgical Electives:

Cerenia Injection –

Cerenia is an anti-nausea medication. Administering Cerenia before surgery will prevent nausea related to anesthesia for up to 24 hours post injection.

Microchip –

A microchip is small "rice-size" transmitter that has a unique identification number. One implanted into a pet this number can be used to help identify ownership in a pet. We can implant the microchip while your pet is undergoing their procedure and provide you with information to register the number to your contact information.