What to Expect on the Day of the Procedure
After your pet is dropped off for their procedure a doctor will complete a thorough physical exam of your pet. If blood work hasn't yet been performed, we will draw blood work and run the samples in our in-house laboratory. Blood work ensures that your pet's organ function is capable of safely administering anesthesia. We usually have multiple surgical procedures on a given day. The doctor will triage the patients and establish an order so the most critical patients receive intervention earlier in the day. For this reason, your pet may have surgery later in the day. This may result in your pet being discharged later in the evening. Our doctors or nurses will call you when your pet is in recovery and provide you with a procedure summary and set up a discharge time. Certain surgical procedures require overnight hospitalization so the patient can rest and can be maintained on IV fluids and IV medications. In almost all cases where hospitalization is required after the procedure, we will discuss this with you prior to the procedure day.