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What to Expect on the Day of Surgery


Please be at the clinic with your pet at your reserved admission appointment time on the morning of surgery. If you arrive after 9 am, you may be asked to reschedule. The admission process will take approximately 20 minutes. During this time, we will review the paperwork, explain the surgical procedure and estimates, weigh your pet, and answer any questions you may have before leaving your pet for their procedure. It is imperative that you bring your pet in fasted (NO FOOD after midnight and very limited amounts of water). If your pet does consume food or water, we will gladly reschedule your pet’s appointment. Consumption of food or water prior to anesthesia may cause your pet to vomit under anesthesia and choke or breathe in (aspirate) this material. We will ask you to call our clinic at 2pm for an update on your pet. When you call at 2pm we can give you an estimated pick-up time for your pet, as every pet wakes up from anesthesia differently.

Surgical Monitoring

Prior to any anesthetic procedure, the Doctor will perform a thorough physical exam. Each hospitalized patient will have a dedicated assistant to care for them during their procedure. Bloodwork is recommended prior to any anesthetic procedure to ensure the pet is healthy enough for surgery. The safest possible anesthetic drugs will be used and an intravenous catheter will be placed. During anesthesia, your pet will receive intravenous fluids, and vital monitoring including electrocardiograph, pulse oximeter, blood pressure, and temperature.

We can assure you that your pet’s surgery will be performed with the utmost care, safety, and expertise. We welcome you to come in and see us any time during our regular hours for a consultation.


When you arrive for discharge at our office we will escort you into a room with a veterinary assistant. Please plan on being at the clinic for approximately 15 minutes for your discharge appointment. The veterinary assistant will have very detailed discharge instructions to go over with you that are specific to your pet’s needs. We will also go over all the procedures we performed on your pet, discuss any return visits that are needed, and any medications that we are sending home. We can answer all of your questions at this time and then reunite you with your pet!

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