What should I bring to the appointment?

Please bring any radiographs (x-rays), lab work results and any information from your regular veterinarian pertaining to the appointment. If you have any questions please feel free to call us in advance.
How do I make an appointment?

First, your regular vet must call in and speak with one of our surgeons about your pet. Then you can call and set up an appointment that fits your schedule. If your appointment is scheduled for the morning, then a surgery slot has been reserved for your pet for that afternoon. All afternoon appointments have a reserved surgery slot for the following business day.

How long and why do I need to fast my pet prior to surgery?

The medications used during anesthesia can cause vomiting and regurgitation. If food is present in the stomach there is a greater risk for aspiration of fluid into the lungs. Clients with morning appointments are asked to remove all food after 8pm the night before surgery. Water should be removed at bedtime and not offered in the morning. If your pet is on any medication please call in advance to find out if it should be given; usually we will request that it be withheld.

Clients who have afternoon appointments do not need to fast their pets.

How long will my pet have to stay after surgery?

Most surgery patients will spend at least the night of surgery with us. Any variations to this will be discussed at the time of the appointment.

Do I need to leave anything for my pet during their stay?

Although we do not require you to leave anything, please feel free to bring food and a blanket/toy from home.

Can I visit my pet after surgery?

After surgery we try to keep your pet as quiet and comfortable as possible. Although visiting your pet may be reassuring to you, your pet may have trouble understanding why you are leaving again. This can cause unnecessary nervousness and agitation. Therefore, for the sake of your pet, we do not encourage visitation on the day of surgery. Visitation is allowed after a day or two if your pet is to be with us for an extended period of time.

How do I keep my pet quiet after surgery?

For dogs, we recommend short leash walks outside for bathroom breaks, confinement to one floor of the house and minimal and supervised access to stairs. We encourage crating your dog or confinement to a small area when you are not at home.

For cats, we recommend keeping them in one room of the house during recovery. The ideal room would be one without any high surfaces to jump on.

Will my dog/cat be splinted after surgery?

We prefer to avoid splinting unless absolutely necessary because we find that the splint can cause skin irritations and become a source of frustration for the patient.

My pet has had surgery on the knee. Why do I see swelling around the hock (ankle)?

A certain amount of postoperative swelling and bruising around the surgical site is not unusual. As this fluid from the swollen area is being absorbed back into the body, gravity often pulls the fluid toward the lower part of the leg. The swelling should resolve in about a week.

My pet hasn’t had a bowel movement since I brought him/her home. Should I be concerned?

Often the digestion process is slowed down after surgery due to previous fasting, anesthetic agents and resolving stress from hospitalization. In addition, depending on the type of surgery, it takes some patients a few days to figure out how to posture properly. This condition usually resolves itself in a few days. If you are at all concerned, please do not hesitate to call.