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SURGERY

If a surgical procedure is recommended following the Initial Visit, it would typically be scheduled on an outpatient basis.  Blood work or any other pre-surgical testing would be done at least 24 hours prior to surgery at your clinic and interpreted by your regular veterinarian, with a copy of the results faxed to our hospital prior to surgery.   

On the day of  Surgery
  • For non-diabetic patients, withhold food after 10:00 PM the night before surgery.  You do not need to withhold water.
  • For diabetic patients, give 1/2 the normal dose of insulin and withold food the morning of surgery
  • Bulldogs are an exception: no food after 6:00 PM the day before surgery
  • Please arrive on time at your scheduled time
  • Our staff will verify all information, review the Consent for Surgery Form, and make sure that you are comfortable 
  • Once admitted, we would prefer for you to remain with your pet during sedation until he or she is sleepy.
  • We will suggest a time, or contact you by cell phone, for you be present when your pet is waking up 
Anesthetic Considerations

Although some minor procedures only require sedation and local anesthesia, most surgeries require general anesthesia.  Once sedated, and an intravenous catheter placed, your pet  is induced, intubated, and maintained on a ventillator.  Safety is enhanced and risk minimized in each and every patient by the following:
  • pulse oximitery ( to continuously measure blood oxygen levels) 
  • electrocardiogram (to monitor heart rhythm)
  • blood pressure measurement(systolic, diastolic, and mean arterial pressure)
  • end tidal carbon dioxide levels (to be sure adequate ventilation)
All patients are asleep on a warm-water circulating pad with a temperature probe and have the uninterrupted attention of a highly trained staff member.  Prior to waking up, medication is administered to ensure that your pet  has a smooth and pain-free as possible recovery with you by their side.