SURGICAL INFORMATION GUIDE
Our greatest concern is the well-being of your pet.We have put together this information packet to make surgery day as easy and stress free as possible.Please review the information and feel free to call us if you should have any questions.
To maximize patient safety we sometimes require that a Pre-Anesthetic Blood Profile be performed on your pet prior to undergoing anesthesia.This Profile helps alert our surgeon to the presence of dehydration, anemia, infection, diabetes and/or kidney or liver disease that could complicate the procedure. These tests are similar to those your own physician would run if you were to undergo anesthesia.
The Quantitative Blood Count (QBC) and Pre-Anesthetic Profile includes:
- CBC:PCV (Anemia), White Blood Cell Count (Infection), & Red Blood Cell Count (Anemia/Bleeding Disorder), Platelet Count (Clotting Disorder)
-Profile:Bun & Creatinine ( Kidney), ALKP and ALT (liver), Glocuse (Sugar), Total Protein (Dehydration), and Electrolytes (Imbalance).
Other tests are available in addition to the above.If patients are in their senior years (age 7 and above) or are sick, a full senior profile may be done prior to the procedure.
Our doctors will discuss any possible testing during the Pre-Surgical exam.The physical exam and blood work done prior to any surgical procedure allows us to best minimize anesthetic and surgical risks and to maximize patient safety.
Anesthetic Procedures and Risks -We use a combination of pre-anesthetic medications/injectable and/or inhalant anesthetics to achieve optimum levels of anesthesia that are safe for you pet.
For short procedures, an injectable anesthetic is given alone that produces a good plane of surgical anesthesia with a quick recovery.
For most procedures, your pet is anesthetized and then intubated (insertion of a tube into the trachea or wind pipe).This will ensure that your pet is able to receive oxygen at all times and prevents aspiration of any fluids into the lungs.
Monitoring & Pain Management - Monitoring of patients during anesthesia is done in two ways.First, a veterinary technician is with your pet continuously from beginning of anesthesia to recovery.Second, we have a computerized monitor that records heart rate, pulse rate, oxygen levels, respiration, ECG and temperature.
Rand Road Animal Hospital strongly believes in compassionate, quality, medical care for our patients.As a result, all surgery patients receive pain management before, during and after surgery.Additionally, pain medication may be prescribed for home.We hope this program will reduce any discomfort experienced and aid in a quicker recovery.Detailed information will be given at discharge.
Intravenous Catheterization & Fluids - The placement of an IV catheter and use of IV fluids is performed during all anesthetic procedures.This allows us to have quick, available access to the circulatory system (blood) in case of an unforeseen emergency.The fluids help provide support to the circulatory system and prevent dehydration, as well as aid in a quicker recovery from anesthesia.
Potential Surgical Complications
Canine and Feline Spay
1.Bleeding2.Infection3.Recurrent Heat4.Urinary Incontinence5.Weight Gain6.Suture Reactions
Canine and Feline Neuter
1.Bleeding 2. Infection 3. Testicular Swelling 4. Suture Reaction (Canine Only)
1.Bleeding2.Infection.3.Limping/Lameness 4.Regrowth of Nail
1.Bleeding2.Infection3.Swelling and Drainage4.Suture Reaction
It is important for you to understand that there is always a risk of anesthetic and surgical complications anytime these procedures are performed.We strive to take the highest quality care of your pet and take all precautions to avoid potential problems.Thank you for entrusting your pet to us.
The night before your pet's surgery...
- Withhold all food and treats after 8:00pm.
- Remove all water after midnight.
- If you are currently administering any medications, vitamins and/orinjections, withhold the morning doses unless otherwise instructed by the doctor.
Please make arrangements for your pet to be dropped off at your scheduled drop off time.Our team will be happy to answer any questions/concerns you may have at time of drop off.We do require a phone number where you can be reached on surgery day.
Your pet's doctor will call you with an update after the procedure is completed.At this time you will be given a discharge time. When you arrive to pick up your pet, the receptionist will go over all discharge orders verbally and give you a written copy of the go home sheet.The veterinarian and/or veterinary technician will go over any questions you may have prior to your taking your pet home.If you do not understand any of the instructions please do not hesitate to ask them to go over them one more time.
We at Rand Road Animal Hospital know that surgery day can be an anxious time and we are happy to answer any questions concerningyour pet's procedure.We look forward to serving you and your pet on the upcoming surgery day and for years to come.
We treat your pets as family.
Take an active role in your pet's health by scheduling an annual wellness exam.
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