Please note: All veterinary surgery patients must arrive at the pet hospital between 7:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. on the day of their surgery.
The veterinarians and staff at our pet hospital know that anesthesia and surgery are stressful for both you and your pet, and we do everything within our ability to minimize that. Your pet’s safety and comfort are our primary concerns, and we work hard to find the least invasive and most effective surgical options possible. Our surgical suite provides for the performance of a wide variety of veterinary surgical procedures, with the added safety of state-of-the-art monitoring equipment.
At the time of check-in, you will be asked if you would like to have a pre-anesthetic blood profile and a complete blood count to ensure normal body functions. (This is strongly recommended on all patients, especially those 7 years of age and older.)
Our animal hospital pre-medicates our patients before their procedures and they are usually given a pain injection that will last for 24 hours.
Our surgery table is heated to ensure your pet’s body temperature is maintained during surgery, providing a safer, quicker, and smoother procedure and recovery.
All of our patients receiving general anesthesia have an intravenous catheter placed before induction. This allows for safer administration of medications and ready venous access in case of emergency. Through this catheter, your pet may also receive IV fluid support from specialized pumps that deliver and monitor precise amounts of fluids. Intravenous fluids help maintain blood pressure, provide internal organ support and keep your pet from becoming dehydrated.
Our operating room is equipped with electronic monitors that alert our veterinarians and staff the moment any change in body functions occur. These monitors will tell us your pet’s oxygen concentration, pulse rate, and respiration while under anesthesia.
Our veterinary hospital uses the safest form of anesthesia, isoflurane. Gas anesthetic agents are more expensive but are much safer and more effective. We also offer the use of Propofol, which is an ultrasafe anesthetic used in human medicine.
You can rest assured knowing that we put every possible measure in place to ensure your pet has the safest, most effective surgery possible.
When you pick up your pet after surgery, you will be given instructions by a veterinarian or technician. You will be sent home with any necessary medications as well as detailed discharge instructions. Some surgical patients will come back for a follow-up visit 7-10 days after discharge, to examine their pet’s surgical site, medical progress and to remove any sutures or staples.
If you have any other questions or concerns, we recommend that you take a moment to look at our Surgical FAQ page to see some answers to common questions pet owners have. Our veterinarians are also always happy to speak with you over the phone: please do not hesitate to contact us during operating hours and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.