We do everything possible to ensure your pet's safety and comfort...
We know that leaving your pet to undergo a surgical procedure can be very stressful for all involved. You can rest easy knowing that your pet's surgical procedure is being performed in one of the cleanest, most professionally run practices in the Capital District. Our caring staff will be beside your pet every step of the way. We only use the safest drugs at the lowest doses to minimize any potential complications. Your pet's anesthesia will be monitored with state of the art respiratory monitors, electrocardiogram and pulse oximeters. All pets are given pain relievers and sedatives to minimize the pain and stress of surgery both before and after the procedure. We use heated surgery tables and warm blankets for recovery to ensure comfort. For older, or high-risk pets, an intravenous catheter and fluids will be recommended. Rest assured that the staff here will do everything possible to ensure your pet's safety and comfort.
Preparing for Surgical procedures...
Before your pet undergoes surgery, we request that you make an appointment for a pre-surgical exam. During this exam, we will examine your pet for any potential health problems that may complicate the surgical procedure. At this time, we will draw any samples necessary for pre-anesthetic testing. This may include a heartworm/lyme test, blood chemistry, feline leukemia/ FIV test and fecal testing. We will also update any overdue vaccinations. Any health issues your pet may be facing can be treated so that he/she is in the best possible health to undergo the procedure.
You will be given an estimate for the surgery and we will schedule it at your convenience. This appointment is the perfect time to ask any questions or voice any concerns you have regarding the procedure. Our goal is to ease your mind as much as possible and to minimize the possibility of any surgical complications.
Although your pet may appear perfectly healthy, there is always a possibility that he/she may have an underlying health problem. Most pets with abnormalities in organ function will not show any obvious signs until they have lost most of their organ function. For example, a dog or cat can appear perfectly healthy until 75% of their kidneys have been destroyed. Because the kidneys, liver and red blood cells are responsible for helping your pet recover from the anesthesia and surgery, it is important to know that all is working properly before undergoing an operation. We can do this by drawing a blood sample and testing your pet for proper organ function either at the pre-surgical exam or on the morning of surgery.
Testing for Heartworm/Lyme/Ehrlichia/Anaplasmosis
All dogs must have a current Heartworm/Lyme/Ehrlichia/Anaplasmosis test before surgery. Heartworm disease is one of the leading causes of anesthetic deaths in dogs. This test also detects other tick diseases which could cause complications during anesthesia and surgery.
Feline Leukemia/FIV Test
All cats should have a negative Feline Leukemia and FIV test prior to surgery. These diseases can severely interfere with tissue healing post surgery and can result in premature death.
Although every effort is made to isolate your pet from other patients, all pets must be up to date on vaccinations for their own safety and health. For dogs this includes current Distemper and Rabies vaccination and a Bordatella vaccination within the past 6 months. For cats, this includes a current Distemper and Rabies vaccination.
The night before surgery no food should be given after midnight. Your pet may have water overnight. Please drop off your pet for surgery between 7:30 and 8:30am. You will be asked to sign some pre-surgical and pre-anesthetic forms. Procedures typically take place between late morning and early afternoon. You will be given a phone call after the procedure with an update on how your pet's procedure has gone and in some cases we will schedule a pick up time. You are always more than welcome to call any time to see how your pet is doing. Some surgical procedures require pets to stay overnight. We feel that quiet rest is crucial to the healing process during the first 24 hours after your pet's procedure. When you pick up your pet a technician will go over home care instructions for your pet and schedule any follow up visits your pet may need.