Withhold food the night before anesthesia is expected. Dinner is fine, but no snacks after midnight. Do not withhold water. Leave your pet’s water bowel out.
Surgical appointments come in between 7:30 am and 9:00 am. On admission, a pet is given an identification collar, his weight taken, and permission forms filled out.
The pre-surgical exam checks the general condition of your pet and the highly reccomended pre surgical bloodwork is taken. Any abnormalities in the bloodwork can be cause for concern and may indicate serious disease or complications that could arrise during surgery. The doctor will call you with any abnormal results in the bloodwork that could alter treatment.
Once the pre-surgical exam is completed, your pet is given a combination of drugs to relax him and stablize the heart and decrease salivation. This keeps your pet from being scared in their bed while awaiting surgery.
The surgical suite has isoflurane anesthesia and monitors to keep track of heart rate, respiration, the amount of oxygen in the blood, blood pressure and body temperature. This monitoring equipment allows the doctors and technicians to keep a close watch on your patient and make anestheisa as safe as possible.
After surgery, the patients are placed in an anesthesia recovery area. Heart rate, respiration, temperature and other vital signs are checked until your pet is awake and comfortable.
After surgery the doctors will call you to let you know how your special pet has done and when they expect they can go home.
Surgical after care is usually minimal with spays and neuters, but can be quiet complex with other procedures. The doctor or technicians will explain any after care instructions. You will also get printed instructions, in case further clarification is needed. And, of course, just call back if you have another question after you have gotten home.