Frequently Asked Questions - Surgery
What should I do to get my pet ready for surgery?
Make sure your pet does not eat after 10:00 pm the night before the surgery. Water is OK. Also, make sure your pet does not do more exercise than usual in the days before surgery.
How will you keep my pet safe under anesthesia?
We have many policies and protocols in place to ensure your pet's safety during surgery. We have invested in state-of-the art surgical monitoring equipment. Our experienced staff includes Registered Veterinary Technicians. These highly trained licensed professionals ensure the safety of your pet during the surgical procedure by closely monitoring anesthesia and assisting the surgeon. We use Sevoflurane and Isofluane anesthetics, which we believe are the safest gas anesthetics available, and allow our patients to wake up more quickly and comfortably. Each dental and surgical patient receives:
- a comprehensive pre-operative examination by a veterinarian
- IV catheter and fluids
- pulse oximetry, CO2, blood pressure, temperature and EKG monitoring
- a dedicated staff member before, during and after surgery to monitor your pet
- body temperature maintenance thorough a patient warming system (Bair Hugger forced-air warming system or Hot Dog warmer)
- Sevoflurane anesthesia for all dentals and major procedures
- Antibiotic injection
- Pain-reducing medication injection, if necessary
Why does my pet need a pre-anesthetic blood panel?
Pre-anesthetic blood testing is important before anesthesia to make sure that the liver and kidneys can handle the anesthetic. Many animals can seem healthy but have a previously undetected kidney or liver problem which could cause problems during surgery. Knowing about these problems ahead of time gives the doctor the opportunity to customize the surgery or anesthesia protocol for that particular patient, or to postpone surgery until the underlying kidney or liver problem is addressed.
What happens after surgery?
We will monitor your pet until he or she is fully awake. If there are sutures (stitches) we will usually put an e-collar on your pet so that he or she can't lick or chew the sutures. Often we will send oral pain medications home with your pet. We will give you specific Discharge Instructions; please follow these. If you have any questions, please call us.
When can my pet go back to his/her regular activities?
This depends on the type of surgery, and you will be given discharge instructions which will give you more details. If there are stitches, we will ask you to bring your pet back to have them removed, 10-14 days after the surgery.