What to Expect When Your Pet Gets Surgery

Dog in Surgery

To make a routine surgery appointment (for spays, neuters, declaws and such), call our clinic during business hours and the receptionist will work with you to book a time that will be suitable for you and us. It is usually best to call two to three weeks in advance, particularly if there are specific days you would prefer to have the procedure done. We do routine surgeries Monday through Friday, usually in the mornings. When you make an appointment for surgery, you will be instructed on how to prepare your pet for anesthesia. Typically we require that you remove access to food by about 10:00 PM the evening before surgery (they should still have access to water) and drop them off with us between 7:30 and 8:00 AM the morning of surgery.

Leaving your Pet with us for Surgery

Surgery patients will almost always be left with us for several hours, and sometimes overnight. Some clients are very concerned their pets will be lonely or frightened if they are left at a veterinary clinic. While that is true for a few patients, nearly all pets actually cope very well. Spending a day at a veterinary clinic will never be as much fun as romping through the woods, nor as comfortable as lounging on your couch, basking in the sunlight, but rest assured that our caring, professional staff will keep your pet safe and as comfortable as we can while staying with us.

Surgery Decisions and Forms

When your pet is dropped off with for surgery, you will usually have a few decisions to make regarding pre-anesthetic blood testing and post-operative pain management. Our staff members will explain the benefits and costs of each option and present you with a form for you to sign indicating whether you want or do not want pre-anesthetic blood work done for your pet. You will be presented with another form to indicate whether you choose to have post-operative pain medications sent home with your pet. There are links provided below that will allow you review these forms. If you choose, you can even print them, fill them out, and bring them with you the morning of surgery.