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Pre- Anesthetic Instructions for Sedated Procedures
Any estimate that you have been given may not include any additional surgical options such as Bloodwork, I.V. Fluids, Laser, and Pain Management that the assistant will discuss with you the morning of the surgery.
Do not feed your pet after 8:30 p.m. the night before surgery. Water is allowed during this entire time. Because your pet’s swallowing reflexes are diminished during and after anesthesia, we want to minimize the risk of vomiting and aspiration of the vomit into the lungs. Fasting your pet greatly reduces the risk of this complication.
Bring your pet to our clinic between 8:30 and 8:45 a.m. on the morning of their surgery. Plan to spend 15-20 minutes reviewing the surgery consent form and discussing your pet’s procedure with our team.
At that time you will be given the options of accepting additional procedures such as laser surgery, pre-anesthetic blood work and/or I.V. fluids which make the anesthesia safer. The price of these options are not included in our base surgery price you may have been quoted.
An IV Catheter & Fluid Therapy will be REQUIRED for any Spay surgery in which the patient is pregnant or in heat at the time of surgery.
Any pet 7 years of age or older will be REQUIRED to have Pre-Anesthetic Blood Work for the safety of the patient.
For the safety of your pet, we ask that you bring your pet either in a carrier or on a leash. On surgery mornings we have numerous pets in the clinic, this will help to ensure the safety of you and your pet.
Confirm your pet’s discharge time. Most surgery and dental patients will be discharged the same day of surgery after 4:00 p.m.
Surgery patients are available for pick-up during the following hours unless otherwise stated during your consultation the morning of surgery:
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Tuesday 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
By following these simple guidelines, you can ensure the highest level of safety.