Surgical Services for Pets

Surgery is sometimes needed to improve your pet’s quality of life. At Sims Veterinary Hospital, we perform various surgeries and refer complex operations to special veterinary surgeons. When performing surgery we take extra precaution to provide the highest quality care in order to get the best outcome.

What happens before veterinary surgery?

To ensure the safety of your loyal companion we perform pre-anesthetic testing. This includes a blood screen test and with this we can determine if your pet is healthy enough for surgery. The blood test will show your furry friend’s liver and kidney function, as well as their blood count. It is important to know the functionality of these organs as they guide our veterinarians when deciding on what is a safe amount of sedative and anesthesia for your pet. We also perform a physical examination to assess the health of your pet and identify any issues which may become a concern later on.

What happens during pet surgery?

Ensuring that our patients stay safe and comfortable during surgery is significantly important to us. Our veterinary health care team is highly skilled and experienced in administering anesthesia and monitoring patients. The type of anesthesia used is dependent on each surgery. We may use general or local anesthesia. With general anesthesia your pet will be unconscious and they won’t feel pain. This is quite safe and we monitor your pet’s vital signs to provide added safety. Most general anesthetic procedures begin with our veterinarians administering a sedative to keep your pet relaxed and reduce anxiety. We then administer intravenous fluids and a breathing tube into your pet.

Local anesthesia is used for minor procedures. Local anesthetic numbs the area where the operation will be performed. We also administer a sedative along with this type of anesthesia and sometimes anxiety medication to keep the patient calm.

If you have any questions or concerns about surgery for your pet, reach out to us. Simply call us at 613.531.3334.

What surgeries are offered at your hospital?

We offer routine spay and neuter surgery as well as soft tissue surgery. Soft tissue surgeries are those not associated with the bone. The most common type of soft tissue operation we perform is the removal of masses or lumps.

How can I prepare my pet for surgery?

Based on the type of procedure our veterinarian may provide special instructions. Two general guidelines for any operation are to have your pet fully vaccinated and have your pet fast for approximately 8 hours before surgery. Don’t worry, we will provide you with all the instructions you need for your pet’s specific case.

Last updated: July 13, 2021

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we have made some important updates to our operating policies.

1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more


  • Effective Monday, July 19, 2021, we are allowing a maximum of 2 clients into the hospital for food and medication pick up only.
  • Face masks are still required to enter the building.
  • Our “closed waiting room” policy will remain in effect for all appointments to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain outside the hospital and use your cell phone to call us at 613.531.3334. We will take a history of your pet’s health and discuss any concerns. A staff member will then meet you outside to bring your pet into the hospital for an examination. The Veterinarian will call you to discuss the recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, a staff member will return your pet to you outside and take care of any needed medications and payment.
  • Continue the use of credit cards as the preferred payment method.
  • Continue to offer curbside pickup of food and medication (unless you have used our online store and are having your order delivered directly to your home). To place an order through our online store, click on the “Online Store” button on the menu above.
  • 3. ONLINE CONSULTATIONS ARE AVAILABLE If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, click on the “Online Consultation” button on the menu above.

    We are OPEN with the following hours:
    Monday – Friday: 8:00 am – 6:00 pm

    Saturday & Sunday: Closed
    Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

    – Your dedicated team at Sims Animal Hospital