What do I need to know prior to the surgical procedure my pet will be going through?

We understand that it can be nerve-wracking to put your pet under anesthesia for any surgical procedure, and therefore we have created this document to help you best prepare for surgery day as well as make sure you are comfortable with the entire process.

How do I prepare my pet for surgery?

  • Please do not feed your pet any food after 9:30pm the night before surgery. Water is OK at all times.
  • Ask your veterinarian any question you may have about the procedure itself, what the recovery entails, etc. No question is off-limits here!
  • Create a safe and quiet environment for your pet to return to while they are recovering from anesthesia. In the case that exercise restriction is necessary (most soft-tissue procedures will require restriction) this may involve setting up baby gates or pens, closing off the staircase, separating pets from siblings at home, etc. 

What can I expect when I arrive at the clinic for drop-off?

  • Drop off will be at 9:30 am. At that time, we will have a drop-off/surgical form for you to fill out and sign. Please allow some time (about 30 minutes) for drop-off so that our medical team can go over this form with you as well as discuss any other questions you might have about the procedure. 
  • Please let our medical team know about any medications your pet is currently taking and when their last dose was given.
  • Please be sure you leave us with the best telephone number to reach you in case of emergency, and make sure to keep your phone nearby throughout the day.

How long will the procedure take/when will I be able to pick up my pet?

  • Every patient will be able to go home the same day of the surgery unless told differently by a veterinarian. The times for pickup will vary based on several factors: the type of procedure (spays/neuters are often quicker than dental procedures–especially those with dental extractions), what order your pet will be taken to surgery on our procedure days, as well as recovery time which is determined the day of by your veterinarian (based on how quickly/well your pet recovers, etc.)
  • Please feel free to reach out to us (via text or phone call) in case you would like an update on your pet’s status. Rest assured that your veterinarian will call you in case any questions arise and certainly once your pet is awake and extubated. 
  • Do not hesitate to ask your veterinarian any remaining questions about recovery at the time of the post-operative phone call. 

Rest assured that your pet is in good hands and receiving the utmost quality care by our medical team throughout the entire surgical process. We look forward to seeing you and your pet very soon!

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