The Day Before: Your pet should have no food after 8:00 PM the night before surgery. It is fine to allow access to water up until the time you leave for the hospital, but no breakfast! We require 24 hours cancellation notice prior to your scheduled procedure, otherwise we will charge you a $75 cancellation fee.
The Morning of Surgery: Stapleton Veterinary Hospital will schedule a time for you to drop off your pet for his or her procedure. At your scheduled drop off time you and a technician will complete a “Surgery Release Form”. During this time the technician will go over your estimate for the day’s procedure and also any relevant health history. Pick-up time will be discussed but not confirmed until after the procedure is completed. In addition, we will answer any questions you may have.
Surgery:Your pet has already had pre-anesthetic blood testing to ensure that your four-legged friend is a good surgical candidate. After that, most pets receive a single injection of several drugs given together for the purpose of sedation, pain control and protecting the heart during anesthesia. Following the injection, your pet will be given a quick-acting, intravenous drug to induce anesthesia. Finally, your pet will be intubated and placed on Isoflurane gas anesthesia. Isoflurane and most of the other drugs we use are the most current drugs available and are the same ones used in human hospitals.During your pet’s procedure, your dog or cat is placed on a monitor that continually analyzes heart rate, ECG, blood pressure, oxygen saturation and respirations. Most procedures require that we clip your pet’s fur to place an intravenous catheter and also if an incision is involved. In some cases the clipping may be substantial as it is imperative that the area is sterile to prevent infections.
Following Surgery: Your pet’s surgery technician will call or text you following the completion of the procedure. You are also welcome to call us at any time to check on the progress of your pet.
Going Home: Stapleton Veterinary Hospital sends most animals home on the same day of their procedure. Often our pets are more comfortable at home and, as such, our goal is to return them to you as quickly as possible. When the surgical technician calls/texts you after the procedure you will be able to finalize a pick-up time. During the release of your pet we will answer any questions you may have as well as go over post-op instructions.
TLC: We know that surgery can invoke anxiety for you and your pet. We promise to treat your pet like one of our own and do everything in our ability to ensure a safe, successful outcome. We care about you and your pet!