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Surgical Services

At Champlain Animal Hospital, we are equipped to perform a wide variety of general surgeries on your pet. Some of the procedures that we offer are dental extractions, spays and neuters, foreign body removal (happens more often than you think!), orthopedic surgeries and more. We administer these procedures in-house and your pet can also board with us for their recovery period if needed. If you have any further questions or concerns not addressed on this page, please feel free to call us at 705.742.4243.

What kinds of surgeries can pets get?

In general, there are three main categories of pet surgeries: soft tissue, orthopedics and neurosurgery. Dental procedures like tooth extractions are the unofficial fourth type of surgery that your pet may have to get in their lifetime.

What should I do to prepare my dog/ my cat for surgery?

As pet owners ourselves we understand that any kind of surgery that your pet will undergo – no matter how routine – can be worrying for you and your entire family. But fear not, your veterinarian will make sure that you are well-informed in advance of your pet’s operation. The precautions you will need to take will depend on your pet’s unique case.

How long can pet surgeries take?

The duration of surgery will depend on its complexity and your pet’s unique condition and health status. Surgeries usually take between 2 to 4 hours. In addition, the amount of time it will take for your pet to recover also varies significantly, lasting anywhere from a few days to several months. With less invasive operations like spays/neuters, your pet can actually go home with you that very same day. But, more complicated surgeries may require them to board with us afterwards.


4DX Testing: A Quick and Powerful Screening Tool for the Health of Your Dog

The 4DX test is a quick blood test that screens for four diseases which affect our dogs: Heartworm, Lyme, Anaplasma and Ehrlichia. Heartworm disease is transmitted by mosquitoes and is becoming more prevalent as the climate warms and more dogs (unknowingly infected) are brought into the province from other areas where mosquito borne diseases are widespread. In a few discrete areas within southern Ontario, such as Peterborough County, the prevalence of infection in dogs not on a heartworm preventive can be as high as 5% to 10%.* Local wildlife such as foxes, coyotes and wolves may be infected and be able to spread the disease to our dogs through the mosquito.

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