Bring your pet in between ___________________ Please remember to allow yourself extra time to admit your pet for surgery.
Do not feed your pet after 8:00 PM the night before the surgery. Water is fine in small amounts up until s/he is admitted. If you are admitting a dog for surgery, please walk him/her beforehand to fully express hi/her bladder. When bringing in a cat, we would prefer them being in a carrier.
If your pet is being discharged the same day, please check with the receptionists when the best time for discharge would be. Because 5:00 to 7:00 PM is an extremely busy time for us, you may very well be here for a while until our staff can release your pet with the proper take home instructions and directions for you. We want to be able to answer any questions you may have. If your pet will be staying with us overnight, please check with the receptionists when the best time for discharge would be.
Instructions will be sent home with you during discharge that will address many of the questions or concerns you may have, such as information about antibiotics or when to set up your pet’s suture removal appointment if necessary.
For every pet’s protection, if it is discovered that your pet has fleas while here for surgery, it will be necessary to treat him/her in house at a cost of approximately $20.
If your pet has ANY medical condition other than the surgery itself that needs attention, please make an appointment with a doctor on a day prior to the surgery day to have that medical concern evaluated. This will help us in keeping our surgery schedule in a timely manner while not causing any inconvenience to other clients.
Due to the nature of the surgery day, it is difficult to give random progress reports on surgeries throughout the day. Rather than call us, please let the receptionists know that you would like a phone call and one of the surgery nurses will call you with a progress report at the appropriate time.
PLEASE NOTE: The estimated cost of your pet’s surgery reflects ROUTINE surgical procedures only. There are at times, conditions that will affect this price. Cryptochid males (male dogs or cats who still have one or both of their testicles retained in the abdomen) and pregnant females, along with any blood work and biopsies (if required), and large breed dogs (over 100 lbs.) etc will cost ore. Please call our office if you are unsure whether this pertains to you.
The benefits of pre-anesthetic blood work are valuable at any stage of your pet’s development, whether it is an elective surgical procedure such as a spay, neuter, dental cleaning, or a feline declaw removal. While we require blood work to be performed prior to surgery once your pet reaches 6 years of age, the benefits of blood work can help our doctors diagnose certain medical conditions that would otherwise go unnoticed. Please read through the enclosed forms carefully. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call.
While your pet may be under the age that we require blood work to be performed before surgical procedures (6 years of age and older), we want you to be informed of the benefits of pre-op surgical blood work. Pre-op surgical blood work can detect health conditions that could otherwise go unnoticed. It is beneficial th know as much as possible about your pet’s health before anesthesia is administered.
Detecting any abnormalities at an early age can also help to establish a program to monitor the condition over time. Without detection, your pet’s condition can only deteriorate to a point beyond effective treatment. Listed below are the tests performed in a Chemistry Panel for your pet’s age. Review it to better understand the purpose for each test. Remember, the tet is optional for routine surgical procedures if your pet is under the age of 6 years, but blood work even for younger, apparently healthy pets, can allow our doctors to better determine your pet’s overall condition. When you admit your pet for surgery, you will be asked whether or not you would like pre-op surgical blood work performed.
|ALANINE AMINOTRANSFERASE (ALT)
|An enzyme that becomes elevated with liver disease.
|ALKALINE PHOSPHATE (ALKP)
|An enzyme produced by the biliary tract (liver). Elevated levels can indicate liver disease or Chushing’s Syndrome.
|BLOOD UREA NITROGEN (BUN)
|BUN is produced by the liver and excreted by the kidneys. Testing for it helps to detect liver and kidney abnormalities.
|Creatinine is a by-product of muscle metabolism and is excreted by the kidneys. Elevated levels can indicate kidney disease or urinary obstruction.
|BLOOD GLUCOSE (GLU)
|High levels can help diagnose diabetes and can indicate stress, especially in cats. Low levels can indicate liver disease.
|TOTAL BILIRUBIN (TBIL)
|A component of bile, bilirubin is secreted by the liver into the intestinal tract. Blood bilirubin levels are useful in diagnosing problems in the bile ducts.
The following additional tests would be included in the chemistry panel for older patients.
|TOTAL PROTEIN (TP)