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Surgical FAQ

Preparing for your pet's surgery can be a stressful and challenging time. It's normal to have concerns and uneasiness about your pet's procedure, potential pain level and recovery. Our compassionate team understands the importance of addressing all of your questions and worries prior to performing your pet's surgical procedure. We know that information is power, and our goal in working with our patients and owners is always to provide the support you need to feel confident in our care.

Scheduling and performing a surgical procedure, whether routine or emergency, requires many important details. If you're wondering what to expect from your pet's upcoming surgery, start with our list of frequently asked questions.

  1. When will I drop off and pick up my pet? Our hospital usually admits patients between 7:30 and 8:00 am on the morning of the scheduled procedure. Some clients choose to board their pets overnight the night before for their convenience. We generally schedule a discharge appointment for your pet for some time in the afternoon on the same day of their procedure (usually after 4:30 pm). In certain situations, depending upon the severity of the procedure, and the age, health status and species of the patient, we may choose to keep your pet overnight to ensure a complete and safe recovery.
  2. Will my pet need to fast prior to surgery? Generally, we ask owners not to feed their pets or allow them any water on the morning of their procedure. We also ask owners to remove all access to food after 9:00 pm, and water after midnight, on the night before their surgery. These guidelines are subject to change dependent upon the severity of the procedure, and the age, health status and species of the patient.
  3.  Will my pet have to wear an Elizabethan collar? We recommend that your pet wear an Elizabethan collar after their procedure to prevent your pet from damaging or irritating their surgical site. Depending upon the type of surgery performed, and the specific location of the sutures, staples or drains, Elizabethan collars are the most effective way to prevent further harm, and support better healing. We provide a range of styles and types of Elizabethan collars, and our team will work closely with you to choose a collar that will work best for your pet and your family.
  4. Why must I arrive early, and allow added time for check-in procedures? Arriving early allows us valuable time spent with you reviewing details of your pet's procedure, discussing recommended services, answering any questions or concerns, signing necessary consent forms and ensuring correct contact information.
  5. How will I know when my pet is safely out of surgery? A member of our team will call you with an update of your pet's status once they have recovered from their procedure. We will happily email you a photo of your pet once they are awake and safely in recovery. Of course, you may call to check on your pet throughout the day whenever you need peace of mind, and a member of our team will work to give you up to date information on your pet's progress.

If we've missed anything, you can always call us, send us an email, or ask us in person at your next consultation.

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