Surgical Services

Frequently Asked Questions

If a question you have doesn’t appear below, please don’t hesitate to call us or complete our contact form, and we will be glad to assist you.

When do you perform surgeries?

We currently perform surgeries and procedures on Wednesdays. Due to advances in medicine, most of our patients go home the same day.

My pet is having surgery tomorrow. Can he/she have food and water?

We ask that you please take their food away by midnight the night before surgery.  For dogs and cats, please do not give them anything to eat or drink the morning of their surgery. We will feed them once they fully recover from anesthesia.  There is no need to limit their access to water at any time.

Drop-off for the surgery is between 7:30 a.m – 8:00 a.m..

For surgery and procedures involving birds and small mammals, please call our office with questions and for more information.

What is the pre-anesthetic blood screening?

This is a blood test that is run prior to surgery. It tests the organ functions and blood counts. The pre-anesthetic blood screening is done to assure safety during surgery and the ability to heal following surgery.

Why does my pet need to have blood work done before undergoing anesthesia?

Performing blood work before anesthesia alerts the doctor to potential risks your pet may have in undergoing anesthesia. The pre-anesthetic blood screen shows liver and kidney values, blood cell counts, glucose levels, and platelets. If the blood work is abnormal, the scheduled procedure may need to be rescheduled and additional testing performed.

What are the benefits of having my pet spayed or neutered?

Spaying or neutering your pets can greatly reduce their risk of developing many types of cancer later in life. In fact, the procedure greatly reduces a male pet’s chances of prostrate, testicular and/or scrotal cancer. It may also decrease or even eliminate unwanted behaviors such as aggression or running off.  Spaying or neutering your pets is also the only way to do away with unwanted litters that place an extra burden on animal shelters.

How old does my puppy or kitten have to be to have them spayed or neutered?

We generally recommend waiting until your animal is 4 months of age to try to avoid any urinary incontinence issues from spaying or neutering them too young.  We also try to spay animals before they have their first heat cycle because doing so greatly reduces their risk of developing mammary tumors.

 

Still feeling nervous? Give us a call and let us set your mind at ease. Your pet will be in caring, capable hands with us!