Bellevue Veterinary Hospital, Parksville

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  • Veterinary Clinic Open Every Day
    Open Seven Days a Week

    Your Complete Veterinary Team.

    We have 6 veterinarians on staff. And we have fully qualified technicians, experienced assistants, and friendly receptionists 8:30AM to 5:30PM, seven days a week. Our weekend availability is sure to fit your tight schedule.

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    Being Clear and Direct is a Top Priority

    Because you know your pet's personality best, we always take great care to listen to your concerns, perform our necessary evaluation, and then communicate, in as clear a manner as possible, the best course of action for your pet. For us, it's a priority.

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    Housecall Services

    Veterinary Care Brought to Your Home.

    Our mobile service provides the highest level of convenience for you and your pet. Whether it is performing a check-up on your dog who is having mobility problems or paying a housecall to your anxious feline who hates the car ride, our mobile service provides quality care and comfort for both our human clients and their pets.

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    On Site Diagnostics Available

    Since 1978, Bellevue Veterinary Hospital has been proud to remain at the forefront of veterinary best practice.

    As well as our on-site blood testing capabilities, we also have digital x-ray equipment (full size & dental), and ultrasound imaging available.

Welcome to the Bellevue Veterinary Hospital, Parksville, B.C.

Since 1978, Bellevue Veterinary Hospital has been proud to remain at the forefront of veterinary best practice in the Parksville, Qualicum Beach area. Our mobile service ensures the highest level of convenience for you and your pet. We have 5 veterinarians on staff. We've got fully qualified technicians and friendly receptionists 8:30AM to 5:30PM, seven days a week. We always take great care to listen to your concerns, perform our necessary evaluation, and then communicate, in as clear a manner as possible, the best course of action for your pet. For us, it's a top priority.

 
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Pre-operative Considerations for Routine Surgeries

 

Routine surgeries are those procedures that are not urgent. There is no rush to have them done immediately.  (The word "routine" does not mean we don't take them seriously.  It just refers to the lack of urgency in timing.)  Examples are spaying & neutering, as well as most dental procedures. So, there’s time for you and your vet to think ahead, and consider some pre-operative options.  

This is NOT an "up-sell".  We just want you to know ahead what your options are.                                                  bellevue frame pre op blog

Here are some of those options you may be asked about at the time of your pet’s admission to our hospital for a surgical procedure.

1. Would you like to have pre-anesthetic blood work performed?

a. This is our way of having a glimpse into the health of your pet, beyond the physical exam.  The blood tests will reveal the numbers and condition of red and white blood cells, plus platelets (the blood clotting cells).  Also the chemistry portion of the panel demonstrates some hints into kidney & liver health, as well as blood sugar, proteins, and electrolytes.  

2. Would you like to have an ID number tattooed into your pet’s (right) ear while he or she is under anesthesia?

a. This procedure requires general anesthesia, so it’s only offered when we already know the patient is going to be heavily asleep for another procedure anyways.
b. This ID# is a code, identifying the clinic at which the pet was spayed/neutered & tattooed, and it also indicates the year it was done, and the # of that patient within that year at that clinic.
c. It is a code that is recognizable throughout BC vet clinics and SPCAs.
d. A tattoo is an inexpensive, low-tech, easily evident identifier on your pet, if he/she is ever lost. 
e. There is minimal discomfort with this procedure.
f. Your contact information must be kept up to date at the clinic where your pet was tattooed (even if you don’t go to that clinic anymore).
g. Unfortunately, the code is less likely to be correctly interpreted outside of BC.

3. Would you like to have a microchip implanted in your pet while under anesthesia?

a. This can be done at any time and doesn’t require general anesthesia, but it’s just easier for the pet if under anesthesia, so it can be considered at the time of another procedure.
b. The microchip is injected just under the skin, around the back of the neck between the shoulder blades, and has a number that can be revealed by a microchip reading device.
c. The number will be associated with your contact information that will be stored at a central database.  You have to keep your own contact information current (by communicating with the company web site for the microchip).
d. This will allow anyone (anywhere in the world) to find your contact information and inform you of your pet’s whereabouts, if your pet is found by someone who has access to a microchip reader/scanner.  (Vets & SPCAs & various other animal welfare organizations.)  
e. The disadvantage of microchips is – you need to have a microchip reader.  This isn’t a common piece of equipment outside of an animal care facility, so sometimes it’s not found that the pet has a microchip.

4. While your pet is under anesthesia, are there any lumps or skin lesions that should be tested (with fine needle aspiration or skin scrapings)?

a. Again, these procedures don’t necessarily require anesthesia, but they are easier for the patient when asleep.  And sometimes they may even be more accurate as the animal is not moving around during the sample collection.

5. Sometimes abnormalities of the teeth or other oral structures are found when the patient is anesthetized.  Dental xrays can be helpful in some cases.  This can be discussed in more detail if something is found.  (We will phone you.)

6. We routinely trim nails (if needed) while the patient is asleep. surgery 2

Extra information about care during general anesthesia:
  • Every dog or cat, receiving general anesthesia, will be given intravenous fluids during their procedure.  
  • Patients are placed on warming beds during the procedure and afterwards, in recovery.  Cozy warm towels and blankets are also used post-operatively.  
  • Several monitoring tools are used to assess the patient during the procedure. (These include: capnography, blood pressure monitoring, pulse oximetry and esophageal thermometer readings & an ECG, if needed.)  Also, basic monitoring of the patient’s anesthetic depth and vital signs are charted throughout.
  • Anesthetic gas is delivered with oxygen through a tube that is placed in the trachea (airway). The amount of anesthetic gas is adjusted moment by moment depending on the patient’s requirements, while the oxygen delivery is continued throughout and post-operatively before the patient awakens.
  • Local anesthetics and/or pain medications are administered to decrease the amount of anesthesia required, and these also help to produce a more comfortable recovery.
We will do our best to answer any questions you have before, during and after your pet comes in for surgery.   

And finally, please make sure that you (or a family member who can help with decisions) are available by phone on the day you leave your pet in our care.