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Surgical Services for Pets

For animals, surgery is actually a common and routine part of their life. Routine procedures like spays, neuters and dental extractions are performed on most pets here in North America. Believe it or not, foreign body removals of objects that pets swallow is one of the most common procedures performed by teams like ours here at AMC. As a full-service veterinary centre, we have the facilities to perform all of the major kinds of surgeries that pets require. For more details on our surgical services, simply call us at 902-564-8356 (Sydney location) or 902-849-3725 (Reserve Mines location).

What kinds of surgeries does your veterinary team provide?

Here at AMC, our veterinarians perform surgery 5 times a week in our location at Sydney River and 4 times a week in our Reserve location. We perform many different surgeries including routine spays and neuters, lump removals and dental procedures. We also do emergency surgeries, including foreign body removals, Caesarian sections, cystostomies and laceration repair. Along with these surgeries, some of our doctors perform orthopedic surgical procedures like amputations, luxating patellas and Cranial Cruciate Ligament repair

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

We understand how worried you may be about the idea of your pet “going under the knife”. That being said, know that your furry family member is in good hands. One of the ways that you can ease your worries is by focusing on the things that you have to do to prepare your pet for surgery. Although each procedure and case will require different precautions, there are some general steps that have to be taken. First, we usually require your pet to be fasted (no food or water) after 10 pm the night before their surgery. If you have any questions about the surgery you can discuss it with one of our Client Care Representatives when they give you a reminder call the day before your pet’s surgery.

How long can pet surgeries take? What should I expect on the day of my pet’s surgery?

Generally speaking, most surgeries are about 2 to 4 hours in length from start to finish. We admit our surgery patients between 8:00 am to 8:30 am. When you arrive, our Client Care Representatives or Technicians will welcome you and your pet and they will get an accurate weight to calculate the dose of anesthetic needed for your pet (heavier patients will need a larger dose). They will go over the required paperwork and get you to sign a consent to perform the surgical procedure. After giving a kiss and a hug goodbye, we will take your pet out to the surgical room and have the veterinarian perform the surgery. Your pet will recover in a warm kennel, snuggled in a blanket, and will go home between 3:00 pm to 7:30 pm.

Last updated: December 21, 2021

Dear Clients,

For the safety of our staff and clients, we have implemented a “Closed Door Policy” which means our clinic doors are no longer open to the public.Here is what that means for you:

  • We ask that on arrival for your appointment you call us (902)564-8356 Sydney and let us know you are in the parking lot
  • A member of our team will then take a history on your pet by phone, they will then meet you at our front door to take your pet inside while you return to your car
  • Your veterinarian will perform an examination of your pet and then call you with exam findings and any suggested treatment plans
  • Any necessary medications will be prepared in the clinic for you, and will be sent with your pet when we are ready to send them home
  • Payments for appointments can be taken over the phone or by payment at the door
  • All food and drug orders are still required to be called in beforehand and prepaid over the phone
  • All future updates will be posted on social media as our situation with COVID-19 in our province is constantly changing
  • We also request that clients refrain from using our emergency line for anything other than true emergencies

    If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to give us a call at (902) 564-8356 Sydney. With the implementation of this closed door policy, it is a longer process so we ask for your patience and co-operation during this time

    Please note the phone lines may be busier, but we will get to you as soon as we can. We have zero tolerance for verbal abuse.

    Again, we thank you for your patience and co-operation during this trying time.


    We are OPEN with the following hours:

    AMC – Sydney

    Monday – Friday: 8:00 am – 7:00 pm
    Saturday: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
    Sunday: Closed

    AMC – Reserve Mines (Temporarily Closed)

    Monday – Friday: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
    Saturday & Sunday: Closed


    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!

    - Your dedicated team at Animal Medical Centre