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Check In/Check Out Procedures and Policies

 

 1. Check In time is between 7am and 8:30 am. We do not open before 7:00 am. We do not admit patients after 8:30am.

2. All dogs must be on a leash; all cats must be in a carrier. If you do not have a carrier for your cat, you will be required to buy a card board carrier for $8.

3. All pets should have had food and water withdrawn the prior night around 10pm (or whenever you go to bed) and must have no breakfast the morning of surgery. 4. There is

4. There is paper work that must be filled out prior to admittance. This paper work can be copied from our website and filled out prior to your arrival. This will eliminate the amount of time it takes for you to check in.

5. All services are paid for at the time of Check In. We take Cash, Visa, Master Card.

6. Please have all vaccine and medical records with you so that we may make a copy of them. If you do not have your records with you, we will have to administer the appropriate vaccines. We do not have the staff or time that it requires to call for your records or to wait for you to fax them. It is your responsibility as a pet owner to keep a copy of your pet’s records.

7. Cats are generally ready to go home between 4pm and 6pm that same day. Dogs are generally ready to go home between 5pm and 6pm that same day. These times may vary depending on the number of surgeries that are scheduled that day and the amount of time an individual animal may take to recover from anesthesia. If feral cats are done the day they are brought in, they will be discharged at 5:30pm.

8. Surgeries are performed in an order specified by the doctor. Surgeries are NOT performed on a first come first served basis. If you are the first to check in your pet, this does not mean that your pet will be the first pet to have surgery.

9. Before sending your pet home, a full list of discharge instructions is given to you to read and sign. We ask that you read the instructions while you are at our clinic so that if you have any questions, we can answer them while you are there. You will be sent home with a copy of the discharge instructions.

10.We close at 6pm. 

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Fasting before surgery

 

For younger animals, 6 wks to 16 weeks of age, withhold food for 4 hrs and water for 2 hrs before your drop off time at our hospital.

For animals > 16 weeks of age, overnight fasting is recommended: withhold food for 8-10 hrs and water for 2 hrs before your drop off time. You may find it easier to remember not to give your pet any food after 10 pm the night before surgery and take away water 2 hours before travelling to our hospital.

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Anesthesia: What to Expect

Whether the patient is a person or a pet, undergoing anesthesia carries some risk of complications. If the situation is not an emergency, your veterinarian will examine your pet and might run some tests, such as blood work, to help identify those risks. Your veterinarian wants to make sure the animal is healthy enough to undergo anesthesia. Your veterinarian or veterinary technician will explain the procedure to you and discuss the patient assessment and risks, the proposed anesthetic plan, and any medical or surgical alternatives before obtaining informed consent to anesthetize your pet and perform the procedure. To help reduce the risk of complications, it is very important that you follow the directions of the veterinarian, especially regarding patient preparation.

Before the Day of the Procedure

  • Follow the veterinarian’s directions.
  • You might be asked to change the medications you give your pet. You could be asked to skip a dose or to give a different medication.
  • You will be asked to withhold food for a certain time to reduce the risk of regurgitation and aspiration—breathing in the contents of the stomach and gastric juices into the lungs. You may also be instructed to withhold water from your pet, depending on the veterinarian.

Note! When your pet is unconscious, the gag reflex is suppressed. Your pet could inhale stomach contents, causing serious injury, even death. So you must be very strict about withholding food, and maybe water, for the specified time, if instructed to do so.

  • Older animals must fast longer than younger animals do for three reasons: (1) older pets’ metabolism is slower, (2) it often takes them longer to digest their food, and (3) they usually have greater energy reserves than younger animals.
  • If your pet has diabetes, your veterinarian might not require fasting or might instruct you to adjust your pet’s insulin.

Your veterinarian will perform certain tasks before the procedure (often the same day), including a thorough evaluation of your pet. This evaluation should include a blood test to make sure your pet is healthy enough to undergo anesthesia. (If the situation is an emergency, the veterinarian might run additional tests and perform measures to stabilize your pet before the procedure to better prepare your pet for anesthesia.)

The evaluation also will include:
> History > Physical examination > Review the age, breed, and temperament > Evaluate the procedure’s level of invasiveness, anticipated pain, risk of hemorrhage (bleeding) or hypothermia (decreased body temperature) > Consider the best type of anesthesia and medication > Make sure the team assisting the veterinarian is well trained > Create an individual anesthesia plan for your pet

On the Day of the Procedure

Before the Procedure

As the veterinary team prepares your pet for the procedure, your veterinarian will:

  • Make sure equipment is working and medication is close by.
  • Prepare your pet for anesthesia.
  • Begin to implement your pet’s individual anesthesia plan.
  • Make sure your pet is monitored throughout the procedure and during recovery.
  • Recognize and quickly respond to any complications if they develop.
  • Assess and manage your pet’s potential pain level before, during, and after the procedure.

After the Procedure

When your pet is awake, aware, warm, and comfortable, he or she will be discharged. But first, the veterinarian or veterinary staff will:

  • Review the procedure and how it went.
  • Explain follow-up care, including when your pet can begin to eat and drink.
  • Tell you when to resume current medications.
  • Tell you how to give new medications, if needed.
  • Explain how to recognize signs of complications in your pet. It is important that you call the veterinarian’s office immediately if your pet has a complication.
  • Tell you when to bring your pet back for a re-check.
  • Tell you the instructions and give you a written copy of the aftercare instructions.

Ref. https://www.aahanet.org/library/anesthesia_what_to_expect.aspx