*Do you want us to implant a SmartTag Mini Data Microchip?
This chip is ISO compliant and is a permanent identification for your pet that cannot be lost.
*If there are deciduous (baby) teeth present, do you want us to remove them?
Baby teeth that remain when the permanent teeth have fully erupted can lead to future dental problems. Most dogs and cats have lost their baby teeth by the time they are six months old and probably will not lose them on their own after that point.
*If we are performing a mass (growth) removal, do you want us to biopsy the sample?
In most cases we recommend a biopsy to find out what the mass is, if further treatment or medical advice is necessary, if it is likely to come back, and if we were able to successfully remove the entire mass.
*Will my pet need an elizabethan collar?
For some procedures an e-collar (cone) is a must, but for spays and neuters, and some mass removals, we leave it at the owners discretion. Some dogs may never lick or chew at their surgical incision, but many do. Licking or chewing at the incision can lead to complications and be detrimental to healing.
*Does my pet currently take any medications or herbal supplements?
Make sure to inform us if you are currently giving your pet any prescription or over the counter medication or supplement. Some medications can interact with anesthesia, inhibit healing, increase bleeding tendencies, or interact with post operative medications. The American Society of Anesthesiologists recommend stopping herbal supplements for at least two weeks prior to surgery; especially those containing garlic, ginkgo, ephedra, ginseng, echinacea, kava, and St. John's wort.
*Why does my pet need to arrive so early for surgery??
We ask that all surgical patients arrive between 8:00am and 8:15am. While many of the procedures are not done until a little bit later in the day it is crucial that all surgery patients be here during this time. During this time we will take your pets history, discuss the procedure with you, and plan a time when we can be in contact with you to discuss a release time. Once your pet is admitted to the hospital, a thorough exam is performed by our technician. If your pet has not had normal bloodwork recently a blood sample is taken and analyzed in our in house lab. Anesthetics and other drug doses are calculated, an IV catheter is placed, and the surgical suite is prepared for your pet's procedure. Dr. Sackman or Dr. Engels then determine the order of surgeries and we begin our procedures. It is extremely important that all surgery appointments arrive between 8:00am and 8:15am, if you arrive up to 15 minutes after 8:15am you will be assessed an additional fee of $32.00 or given the option of rescheduling. If you arrive after 8:30am you will need to reschedule your appointment and will be assessed a $35.00 cancellation fee. Since we have had a difficult time reaching many of our clients at their emergency contact number, we have begun calling all of our surgical patients families, just prior to administering the anesthesia. If we are unable to reach someone at the emergency number, we will have to cancel and reschedule the surgery for another date and you will be assessed a cancellation fee. Please make sure that you leave a number that you will be available at all day!
*My pet is scheduled for surgery, what do I need to do to prepare??
We will usually call you the day before surgery to confirm your appointment and remind you what needs to be done and give you any additional instructions. As a general rule most surgeries need to have NO FOOD AFTER 10:00PM the night before surgery. We like for our patients to have access to water throughout the night, but NO WATER IN THE MORNING once you wake up. You should plan on picking your pet up later in the afternoon or evening on the day of surgery (except declaws and other procedures as deemed necessary by the doctor). When you pick your pet up we ask that someone be home to monitor the pet after anesthesia (since they may be a little groggy from the anesthesia). We will give you complete written instructions as well as verbal instructions when you pick your pet up from surgery.
*What can I expect after surgery??
When your pet arrives home after surgery, they will most likey be quiet or even appear somewhat groggy after surgery. Most pets are "back to their normal selves" 24 hours after surgery, although each pet is an individual and some "bounce back" quicker than others.
If your cat has been declawed you will need to use a litter substitute for the next 5-7 days. Shredded newspaper, generic oatmeal, and Yesterday's News all work well.
Dogs will need to be leash walked for the next 14 days, and care should be taken to avoid running, jumping, and playing.
You will need to check your pets incision daily to make sure that there is no redness, swelling, irritation, or drainage at the incision site.
Your pet may need to wear an e-collar if they are licking or chewing (or in some cases scratching) at their incision.
If your pet is wearing a bandage, it will need to be kept clean and dry at all times and we will usually schedule a recheck or bandage change 3-7 days later.
If we have sent out a sample for biopsy (histopathology) we will generally call you with results in 5-7 days.
We usually take sutures out 14 days after surgery.