BEYOND WHAT YOU SEE
Thank you for choosing the Bowmanville Veterinary Clinic for your pet’s health care needs. We would like to give you a look "behind the scenes" so you can rest assured your pet is receiving the best of care while in the clinic.
Both Doctors and Staff have your pet's best interest at heart and strive to make their stay with us as pleasant as possible. We encourage you to accompany your pet to their kennel to allow you the opportunity to see where they will stay and to help them to settle in. Every pet has his or her own separate kennel or run, furnished with a clean, dry, comfy towel or blanket. If your pet has a "special toy” or “security blanket" feel free to bring it in with them.
If your pet is to have general anesthetic we would like you to know that we minimize the risks by providing exemplary care during their stay. We highly recommend a pre anesthetic blood screen prior to a general anesthetic. Just as your doctor would run a blood test before your procedure we do the same for your pet. A pre-anesthetic blood test is like an internal physical exam that will check organ function and help identify unknown disease. For this blood work we collect a small sample of blood that is sent to an out side lab. Blood work must be submitted at least 24 hours before the procedure.
Veterinarians will do a physical exam the morning of surgery to ensure that your pet is healthy before undergoing general anesthetic. Patients are assessed individually to determine which anesthetics will be safest for them. We have anesthetics available for all ages, from the very young to our senior patients. We also carry anesthetics specific to our work with exotic pets.
The Doctors adhere to strict sterile techniques, complete with cap, mask, sterile gown and gloves, when performing surgery. A separate sterile surgical pack is used for each procedure to avoid infection and cross contamination. The animals are surgically prepared both at their incision and intravenous sites. This involves first shaving the hair, then cleaning the skin with antibacterial solutions.
Prior to anesthetic every animal is placed on intravenous fluids. Intravenous fluids are important to help maintain optimal blood pressure during surgery as well as provide an access that will allow us to administer drugs if an anesthetic emergency arises.
While under anesthesia, every pet is connected to a Cardell monitor for carbon dioxide, blood pressure and heart monitoring. Each pet is provided with a warming blanket to manage their temperature during the anesthetic. As well, our Registered Veterinary Technicians continually assess the animals, during both the anesthetic and recovery periods. During recovery one of our technicians or assistants sit with your pet to comfort them as they recover from the anesthetic.
We are acutely aware of the level of pain of our patients and have very current protocols in place to help manage their pain while in the hospital as well medications for use at home to keep them comfortable.
Uncomplicated surgery cases are discharged the same day. This allows the animal to rest at home, which is usually less stressful for both patient and owner. We do keep some animals overnight if they require bandaging after surgery. We recommend that more complicated cases be transferred to the Animal Emergency Clinic in Whitby for overnight observation.
If you have any questions or would like to tour our facility, please ask any one of our staff members. Your comments and suggestions are always welcome as we attempt to provide the best service possible for you and your pet