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.

Surgical Laser for Pets

South Burnaby Veterinary Hospital has been performing laser surgery since January 2005 as an alternative to traditional surgery (with the scalpel blade). A laser is a device that generates an intense beam of light at a specific wavelength. The most commonly used surgical laser is a CO2 laser, which produces an invisible beam of light that vaporizes the water normally found in the skin and other soft tissue. The laser beam can be precisely controlled and only a thin layer of tissue is removed, leaving the surrounding areas unaffected.

Why Laser Surgery?

  • Less Pain – Laser energy seals nerve endings as it moves through tissue. Your pet feels less pain post-operatively.
  • Less Bleeding -The laser seals small blood vessels during surgery, which allows us to perform surgeries with extraordinary precision. It also speeds up some procedures, reducing the amount of anesthesia.
  • Less Swelling – Laser energy does not crush, tear, or bruise because only a beam of intense light contacts the tissue.

Laser technology reduces the trauma to your pet, improves recovery, and often shortens hospital stays.

What Does This Mean For My Pet?

  • Reduced Risk of Infection – The laser sterilizes as it removes diseased tissue, killing bacteria that cause infection.
  • Precision – The laser can remove unhealthy tissue while minimizing adverse effects to healthy surrounding tissue.
  • Quick Return to Normal Activities – Recovery is rapid, and there is less post-operative discomfort.

What Types of Procedures Can A Laser Perform?


A laser is ideal for a wide variety of surgical procedures (including spays and neuters) for dogs, cats, birds, and other pets. Laser surgery can correct many common conditions, such as cysts, tumours, warts, and infections that may occur around the eyes, ears, in the mouth, and anywhere on the skin. Specialized internal procedures are also possible.

Laser is ideal for:

  • Spays (feline and canine)
  • Dog neuters
  • Oral tumours
  • Eyelid tumours
  • Stenotic nares
  • Elongated soft palate corrections
  • Lick granulomas
  • Wart removals in older dogs

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.

Note: If you are experiencing respiratory symptoms, please let us know when you book your pet’s appointment. As the potential to spread to pets is still relatively unknown, it is possible that your pet could create a risk to other people who may be handling him or her. Whenever possible, please send someone who is not experiencing respiratory symptoms to the appointment with your pet.

The following changes are effective as of Tuesday, March 17, 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 604-526-0334. We will bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. We will then call you on your cell phone to discuss the issues with your pet, and you will have a telemedicine consult with the veterinarian to discuss further diagnostics required or a treatment plan for your pet. Following the end of the appointment, we will return your pet to your vehicle. If you do not have a cell phone, please knock on our door to let us know you have arrived and then return to your vehicle.

2. We are continuing to accept appointments for urgent or sick pets, as well as time-sensitive puppy/kitten vaccinations. Where possible, we will do our best to accommodate annual vaccinations; however, all other services will be scheduled for a later time.

3. We are still OPEN with the following hours: Monday to Friday: 9:00 am - 5:30 pm, and Saturday & Sunday: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm.

4. 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.

5. Online consultations are now available! If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.

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.

In these uncertain times, please see the below link for the most recent information for the public on COVID-19 and animals from the Government of Canada (specifically the Canadian Food Inspection Agency).

https://www.wormsandgermsblog.com/

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 South Burnaby Veterinary Hospital