In preparation for your pet's sedation/anesthetic event we would like to go over some general recommendations and some of the items that will be discussed at your pet's surgery check-in the morning of the procedure.
You and your pet will have a surgery check-in appointment with our staff to review the surgery plans for your pet. Your pet may be scheduled for a morning or afternoon procedure and will go home later in the day (typically after 4 pm). It is very important you leave us a number to contact you in case the veterinarian has any questions.
In preparation for sedation/anesthesia please do not feed any food after 6 am unless otherwise instructed by your veterinarian. Your pet can have access to water until their check-in appointment.
Please know that some more invasive surgeries/procedures may require your pet to have limited physical activity for up to 14 days. Some examples are: spays, large mass removals, or wound repairs. Your pet will have specific instructions when they go home, but if you are concerned about how long the recovery will be please feel free to call ahead.
We offer blood tests
Since your pet cannot tell the veterinarian what might be wrong, your veterinarian can use your pet's blood test to get a clear picture of what is going on beneath the surface. Blood tests help us to determine if your pet is a healthy candidate for sedation and surgery. Blood testing can frequently detect illness in your pet before we see any outward signs of disease, this is why pre-anesthetic testing is always recommended before undergoing sedation.
Blood work is routinely done prior to your pet’s surgery, dentistry, or other procedures that require anesthesia. It lets the veterinary team know if anesthesia is safe for your pet and allows them to make adjustments if they see anything abnormal. Testing gives us information that we might not otherwise have.
A complete blood count (CBC) is used to screen for: anemia (low red blood cells), inflammation, infection, stress, leukemia, bleeding problem, inability to fight infection, and hydration status.
A blood chemistry panel including electrolytes provides information about your pet’s liver, kidneys, and pancreas, as well as other functions of the body, such as blood sugar and hydration.
We offer intravenous (IV) catheter and fluids
The placement of an intravenous catheter is another part of the anesthetic preparation. The catheter can be used to provide anesthetics and intravenous fluids to keep your pet hydrated. Additionally, if needed, it would serve as a pathway to directly administer life-saving medications, should complications develop.
Intravenous fluids to help maintain hydration and blood pressure. IV fluids also help your pet with the recovery process by aiding the liver and kidneys in clearing the body of anesthetic agents more quickly.
We offer microchipping
Microchips are implantable electronic chips that is about the size of a grain of rice and are encoded with a unique identification number. It is a permanent and tamperproof method of identification that cannot be lost. Microchips are placed under your pet’s skin with a needle and syringe, not much differently than a routine vaccine. Unlike collars and ID tags, they can never break or fall-off
How is the microchip detected?
The microchip can be ‘read’ with a microchip scanner, which detects the specific electronic code embedded in the chip, and displays the identification number on the scanner’s screen. With the chip identification number in hand, the vital contact information is only a phone call away. Humane societies, animal shelters and veterinarians have microchip readers, and routinely scan all stray and injured animals.
We offer Laser surgery
The advantages of laser surgery include:
- Less Pain - The laser seals nerve endings as it cuts. So the patient will have less pain.
- Less Bleeding - The laser seals small blood vessels during surgery and speeds up surgery by minimizing bleeding.
- Less Swelling - No physical contact except the invisible laser beam. The tissue will not be crushed.
- Sterilization - The laser sterilizes the surgical site as it cuts. Bacteria and viruses are vaporized by the laser during laser surgery.
- Faster Recovery - Less bleeding and swelling will result in faster healing.
- Precision - The beam direction and power can be controlled precisely to remove thin layers of tissue and produce minimal side effects on the surrounding healthy tissue.
- Reduced hospitalization time - All of above factor will greatly reduce the procedure time.
We offer 4dx testing (heartworm, Lyme, Anaplasmosis, Ehrlichia) for dogs
-Heartworm disease has been found in dogs in all 50 of the United States. While heartworm is both treatable and preventable, it is a serious and deadly disease that may show no clinical signs in its early stage. Heartworm is transmitted through the bite of an infected mosquito and eventually live and grow in the lungs and heart of infected dogs. Although heartworm disease is not always fatal, some dogs develop permanent damage to their heart and lungs, which can result in heart failure and death.
- Lyme, Anaplasmosis, Ehrlichia are diseases transmitted to dogs through the bite of an infected tick. They cause symptoms such as generalized pain, lack of appetite, high fevers, lethargy, joint pain, and limping (often appears suddenly and may shift from one leg to another). Lyme disease can also have significant effects on the kidneys.
We hope this information gives you some insight on the recommended services for your pet. Please feel free to ask any of our teammates any questions that may arise and we will be happy to help you. We look forward to seeing you soon.