Surgical Services for Pets

Our team performs elective surgeries, like spay and neuter on pets and are deeply committed to providing the best care possible during their procedure. We understand how difficult it is to be on the other side of the operating rooms doors, waiting to receive your pet post-surgery. We want to support you by sharing the best pre- and post-surgery practices to ensure your pet makes a full and healthy recovery. Depending on the surgery your pet is having, our team will instruct you on the best ways you can care for your pet. Don’t hesitate to ask questions before and after the healing process.

Is surgery safe for my pet?

Yes, we do all we can to ensure we are working in ways that prioritize your pet’s health and safety during surgery. Though there are complications with some procedures, we try our best to minimize potential risks by conducting pre-surgery examinations to assess your pet’s overall health. We will also go over your pet’s medical history to make sure no past issues impact their surgery. Pre-surgery blood tests might also be necessary if your pet is going under anesthesia. This helps us see how your pet’s body will potentially react to the drug and address any concerns. During the surgery, our team closely monitors your pet’s vital signs so they can act quickly if necessary. Procedures take anywhere from 2 to 4 hours, depending on how technical they are.

My pet seems different after surgery. How long till they’re themselves again?

Recovery times vary depending on the type of surgery your pet had. Some pets might take less or more time, depending on their overall health. Your pet’s veterinarian can provide the best insight about recovery times. For example, it could take up to 6 months for your pet to heal after surgeries on bones. For surgeries involving incisions on the abdomen, it may take only 6 weeks for them to get back to their normal selves. If you’re concerned about your pet’s recovery post-surgery, please contact our veterinary team at 403.335.3519.

How can I help my pet during their recovery?

Recovering from surgery can be difficult for pets, especially if they’re in pain and unable to continue their usual activities. It can be hard to watch your pet go through recovery without any control over how quickly they heal, but there are things you can do to make the process more comfortable:

  • Helping them feel relaxed by removing stressors from their environment
  • Keeping your pet warm with blankets/ heating pads
  • Maintaining cool temperatures inside if it’s hot outside
  • Preparing your pet a hot meal to encourage them to eat
  • Buying your pet new toys to limit their movement and keep them off their feet
  • Following the post-surgery instructions your veterinarian provided
  • Bringing your pet to their post-surgery check-ups

  • Last updated: April 5, 2021

    Dear Clients,

    With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 25, 2020 the restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. Based on these changes, below are some important updates to our operating policies.

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


  • Continue our "closed waiting room" policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain outside the hospital and use your cell phone to call us. 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 with 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, visit our website and click on "Online Store".
  • 3. OPERATING HOURS We are OPEN with the following hours:
    Monday to Friday: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
    Saturday: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
    Sunday: Closed

    5. NEW PET OWNERS Have you welcomed a new furry family member to your home? We’d love to meet them! Visit our Must Know New Pet Owner Information page for useful resources and helpful recommendations for new pet owners.

    Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

    - The team at Didsbury Veterinary Services