Surgical Procedures

At Hôpital Vétérinaire du Plateau, we use a laser for general surgery, relying on the most efficient methods to manage pain and administer general anesthesia. We always perform a pre-operative veterinary exam and blood tests to ensure your pet has no health conditions that could interfere with surgery.

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Why does your animal hospital use laser surgery?

Laser surgery has several advantages over surgical scalpels. The laser touches only the tissues and blood vessels necessary for the procedure, which means less pain and a quicker recovery. Since the wound is shallower, healing is faster and there is less swelling. The high temperature of the laser also significantly reduces the risk of infection because the heat kills bacteria.

How can I best prepare my pet for surgery?

Surgery preparation depends on the procedure. If your pet will be asleep during surgery, they will likely have to fast for several hours beforehand. Your veterinarian might also prescribe medication for your pet to take before surgery. Rest is very important—we recommend limiting intense physical activity. You can rest assured that our team will take the time to go over the pre-surgery instructions with you.

My pet’s wound doesn’t seem to be healing properly. What now?

After surgery, you’ll need to examine the area around the wound daily. Contact us immediately if you notice redness, inflammation or oozing, since there might be an infection that needs to be treated.

What is preventive gastropexy?

In a gastropexy, the vet attaches your pet’s stomach to the abdominal wall. In a preventative gastropexy, the procedure is carried out to prevent stomach twisting in breeds that are prone to the condition. These breeds include Great Danes, German Shorthaired Pointers, Saint Bernards, Standard Poodles and German Shepherds.

Do your veterinarians specialize in certain kinds of surgical procedures?

Our veterinarians are generalists. When necessary, we can help your pet find a treatment option tailored to their needs by referring them to a specialist (cardiology, orthopedics, etc.).

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