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FAQ - Surgery and Your Pet!

When should I drop off my pet for surgery?

What should I expect after I arrive?

Do I need to bring anything with my pet?

My pet didn't get to eat breakfast. When will they get to eat?

When will my pet be able to go home?

Does my pet need to be kept confined after surgery?

Do I need to do anything with my pet's incision/surgical site?

My pet is currently taking medications. Should I still give them their medications before surgery?

Will my pet be in pain after surgery?

 
My pet is scheduled for surgery. When should I drop off my pet?

Drop off time for all surgical procedures is at 8:00 am unless notified otherwise.

What should I expect after we arrive?

Once you arrive with your pet, you will be given an estimate of costs and asked to sign a surgical procedure consent form. If you would like to add any additional procedures (such as vaccines or micro-chipping) please notify the staff and we would be happy to perform these tasks. Your pet will then receive a full physical examination by the doctor performing his/her surgery. Blood work and IV catheters (if consented) will be done before your pet is sedated. If there are any concerns with your pet?s physical examination or pre-anesthetic blood work, you will receive a phone call by either the surgeon or surgical technician.


Do I need to bring anything with my pet?

Your pet will be provided with bedding during their stay with us. You are welcome to bring your own bedding for your pet, but we ask that you do not bring any toys or treats. Please be aware that patients recovering from surgery often require multiple bedding changes and we may not be able to return clean personal bedding.If your pet is in the hospital during feeding time, or stays overnight, food and water will also be provided.If your pet is on a special diet, or has food allergies, please bring some of your pet's food with you when you drop off your pet in the morning.


My pet did not eat breakfast. When will they get to eat again?

It is important to fast your pet before any surgical procedure to minimize the risk of vomiting and aspiration during anesthesia. During the post-surgical recovery period, your pet may be a little nauseous. If you pet has not vomited during this time, we will inform you upon picking up your pet that you may feed him/her at home. If your pet has been nauseous or vomited during their stay, we may inform you not to feed your pet until a later time.If your pet is allowed to eat once they arrive home, we recommend feeding 1/3 of your pet's usual diet amount.


When will my pet be able to go home?

Recovery time from anesthesia varies for each individual animal, procedure, and the type of anesthesia used. It is important that your pet be able to stand and walk without assistance before leaving the hospital. We ask that you call our office between 12p - 2pm to verify a pick-up time for your pet.

If your pet is having an orthopedic procedure, amputation, abdominal surgery (with the exception of spays), or your pet has experienced any trauma prior to surgery, you can expect your pet to stay overnight with us

Does my pet need to be kept confined after surgery?

While the length of restricted time varies due to the type of procedure performed, any amount of hyperactivity can result in tearing and/or swelling at the surgical site. A technician will inform you of the amount of restricted time needed when you pick up your pet. We recommend keeping your pet in a small enclosure or room, and leash walking for bathroom breaks.

Will I need to do anything with my pet's incision/surgical site?

For standard spays and neuters, the sutures will be buried under the skin and will dissolve on their own over time. Your pet will not need to come back to have the sutures removed. Other procedures will often have external sutures that will need to be removed. You will be notified when you pick up your pet if he/she will need to return for suture removal. Until the sutures come out (or 10 days after surgery for spays and neuters), we ask that you do not bathe your pet. The incision site needs to stay clean and dry.

A doctor or technician will notify you if there will be any additional instructions (such as applying hot compresses or cleaning).

My pet is currently taking medications. Should I give their medication before surgery?

If your pet is diabetic or on insulin, please notify our hospital before your scheduled surgery to receive special instructions

If your pet is on another medication, you may give them their usual dose. If you normally give their medication at a time they will be in the hospital, please notify the staff so the doctor can decide on the best time to give the medication.

Will my pet be in pain afterwards?

Pain management is always available for your pet. When you drop off your pet for his/her surgery, a technician will go over your pet's pain management options.

Please do not give your pet any at-home pain medications unless they have been pre-approved by the veterinarian. Medications such as ibuprofen, naproxen sodium, and acetaminophen can be harmful to your pet 

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