Anesthesia and Surgery- What to Expect
Your pet has been scheduled for an upcoming surgery in the near future. In an attempt to assist our clients, we have put together this information to make surgery day as easy and stress-free as possible.
Like you, our greatest concern is the well-being of your pet. Before putting your pet under anesthesia, we will perform a full physical examination. However, we recommend a pre-anesthetic blood profile to be performed in order to maximize patient safety and alert the doctor to the presence of infection, anemia, dehydration, diabetes and/or kidney or liver disease which could complicate the procedure. These conditions may not be detected unless a pre-anesthesia profile is performed. This test is similar to those your own physician would run were you to undergo anesthesia. In addition, the results of these tests may be useful later to develop faster, more accurate diagnoses and treatments in the event your pet’s health changes.
We require a phone number(s) where you can be reached on surgery day. Failure to be reached on the day of the procedure may result in postponement of the surgery.
The night before your pet’s surgery…
- Withhold all food and treats after 8:00pm
- Water may be left out overnight, but picked up first thing in the morning.
- If you are currently administering any medications, vitamins and/or injections, withhold the morning doses unless otherwise instructed by the doctor.
Please make arrangements for your pet to be dropped off on the morning of the scheduled surgery between 7:00-7:30, unless other arrangements have been made in advance. At time of drop off, our team will be happy to answer any questions or concerns. There will be a Pre-Anesthetic blood testing consent form that will need to be filled out.
Our veterinary nurse will escort your pet to the surgical prepping area to wait for their surgery. If you have elected the recommended blood test, our nurse will collect all blood sample and test prior to surgery. If any questions arise, the doctor may contact you at the number you have provided on the Pre-Anesthetic Blood Test Form.
You are welcome to call and check up on your pet’s status, however, we request that you allow plenty of time for your pet’s procedure to be done. At this time, we will be able to give you an idea when your pet may be discharged. When you arrive to take your pet home we will give instructions for aftercare and answer any questions you may have.
We hope surgery day will be a stress free experience. Remember, our team knows surgery can be an anxious time and we are always available to answer any and all questions concerning the upcoming procedure.
We look forward to serving you and your pet on the upcoming surgery day and years to come.