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Process overview

Pre-Surgery Preparations

All procedures require pre-operational bloodwork. Food and water is restricted 8 to 12 hours prior to surgery to prevent possible aspiration due to vomiting. Depending on the case and procedure, additional diagnostic tests may be required for example EKG, Xray, or ultrasound. We may also recommend an anesthesia specialist if necessary to oversee the anesthesia and health monitoring of your pet.

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During Surgery

Your pet will given a sedative to facilitiate preparation of the surgical site and placement of IV cather. The next step is to provide oxygen, fluids, and thermal support. All medical equipment or apparatus will then be connected so as to monitor your pet's vital signs. Your pet is then anesthetized (induced) and appropriate pain management (epidural, local anesthetic, constant rate infusion/CRI) is administered as needed. We will continue to regulate and monitor your pet throughout the procedure.

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Immediately following the procedure, we continue to administer fluids and observe your pet for a few hours until your pet is fully awake. Discharge instructions will be provided during which all your post-op questions will be answered by the doctor and your pet is able to go home to start his/her recovery process. Follow-up post-operative exams and post-operation pain medication is provided.

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Frequently Asked Surgery Questions

Do we need to restrict our pet's physical activity?

Yes, restrict your pet’s activity to on-leash walking for 14 days. No running, no jumping, no climbing, no bathing, no rough- housing. Depending on the procedure, in particular orthopedics, further restrictions such as crating may be required.

E-collar: Your pet must wear an e-collar at ALL times until his re-check appointment. The e-collar prevents him from accessing the incision. Infection, bleeding and other serious complications can result from chewing or licking at the incision site.

What needs to be done for at-home treatment?

Incision/Sutures: Check the incision at least once daily. Report to the doctor if any bruising, redness, irritation, swelling, bleeding, drainage, or if any of the suture comes apart

Other Requirements: Physical therapy may required to facilitate recovery after certain procedures. If needed, follow-up post-operation visits may be required for suture removals, radiographs, or other diagnostic testing.

What should we watch for during the recovery process?

Do not allow your recovering pet (nor your other pets) to lick, chew, or scratch the incision or surgery site.

Notify the Doctor if Any of the Following Occurs: excessive swelling, oozing, bleeding, redness or other signs of infection; if s/he seems depressed, refuses to eat, experiences vomiting, diarrhea, fever or lethargy; if s/he experiences a cough that lasts more than 2-3 days.