We remain open to provide care for your pets. We are following the direction of government and regulatory authorities and have implemented hospital and visit protocols to keep both you and our team safe. For regular updates on our hours and visit protocols, please follow our social media platforms.

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Operation room

Surgery Service for Dogs

As an American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) accredited clinic, we have implemented numerous safety measures to minimize the risk of anesthetic.

What types of surgical services do you provide for dogs?


We provide elective surgical services such as spays, neuters, lump removals, exploratory surgery and dentistries. Emergency surgical services are also provided during clinic hours. Orthopedic surgeries can be referred to a specialist in the area.

What do I need to do before bringing my dog in for surgery?


We admit our patients for surgery between 7:30 – 8:00 AM the day of the operation. They are required to be fasted (no food) after 10 pm the night before and cannot have water the morning of the surgery.

What is the process of events when my dog comes in for surgery?


We go over the estimate for the procedure with you and ensure you are clear on the procedure being performed that day. We hospitalize the patient, and our technicians perform an intake assessment. They then begin the process of performing diagnostics on the blood. We do this to evaluate whether the kidneys and/or liver are functioning properly before giving sedation.

Once the blood work is confirmed as being within normal parameters, the veterinarian performs their presurgical assessment. The dog then receives an initial dose of sedation that is meant to relieve any anxiety or pain they could be feeling while allowing us to place a catheter safely (this gives us venous access for fluid therapy, as well as quick access in the event of an emergency). We then provide an induction agent and intubate the patient. The dog is then moved into the room and the surgery is performed.

Finally, we recover the patient and offer food, water and cuddles once the dog has woken up. We then give you a call to let you know how the surgery went and let you know when you can pick them up.

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Katherine Rowlands

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Very clean clinic and the Veterinarian and their assistant were so kind and gentle with my friend's cat!

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The staff have always been so friendly and so loving to both our golden pups.

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COVID-19: Additional measures we are taking

Dear Clients,

Due to the close contact that our work requires, we have taken additional measures to protect you and our team while providing care for your furry family members.

The following changes are effective as of Monday, March 23, 2020:

1. We are currently operating a "closed waiting room" policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain in your vehicle and use your cell phone to call us at 902.422.8595. We will take a history of your pet over the phone, and bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. Once the examination is finished, we will call to discuss our recommended treatment plan over the phone and then return to your vehicle with your pet. Please ensure your pet has a properly fitted collar or is in a secure carrier. Please remove any additional clothing or blankets prior to our staff handling our patients to minimize risk to our team.

2. We are still OPEN but are now working in two shifts with reduced hours, reduced staff numbers and a need to close for extensive cleaning between shifts.
Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday, Thursday: 1:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Saturday: 9:00 am - 2:00 pm.

3. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 2-4 business days as our suppliers are dealing with increased demand and are trying to fill orders as quickly as possible. We will advise you as soon as your order arrives. Please call us when you arrive to pick up your order, but do not enter the hospital. Our staff will bring your order to your car and take payment over the phone. You can also use our online store and have your food delivered directly to your home. To sign up for the online store, visit our website.

Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our roles. As such, we have taken measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this virus. You may see our team members wearing additional protective gear when interacting with our clients and patients.

Thank you for helping us be diligent for everyone's safety. As we have heard from all levels of government, the situation is fluid and any updates will be provided as changes occur.

- Your dedicated team at Halifax Veterinary Hospital