SURGICAL INFORMATION PACKET
Your pet has been scheduled for an upcoming surgery in the near future. In our attempt to assist clients, we have put together this packet to make surgery day as easy and stress-free as possible. In addition to this letter, you will find that the following information has been enclosed:
Surgical Information Sheet (Bring in Day of Surgery)
Please carefully read all the enclosed information. If you have any questions, please feel free to call us.
On your pets’ surgery day, we require you to review and sign an Authorization/Estimate Form—which allows you to choose optional services. We require a phone number(s) where you can be reached on surgery day. Failure to be reached on the day of the procedure may result in postponement of the surgery.
The night before your pet’s surgery…
• For healthy adult dogs/cats with no ongoing medical conditions, withhold food after 12:00 am. Pets 12 weeks or younger should be fed their normal meal 2 hours prior to drop off.
• Water should always be available
• If you are currently administering any medications, check with the doctor for instructions on the administration of morning doses.
• If your pet is diabetic and on insulin, feed 1/2 their normal meal and administer 1/2 normal dose of insulin the morning of their procedure.
*ALL Pets will be prescribed doses of pre-visit medication that will be delivered to your home that is appropriate for your pet to be given 2-3 hours before their surgical drop-off time.
*In addition, any brachycephalic (short-muzzled) pets will be prescribed Omeprazole to be given for 5 days prior to the surgical procedure.
Your pet will be scheduled for a drop off the morning of surgery between 8-9 am unless other arrangements have been made in advance. All surgical patients are required to have current core vaccinations, heartworm test or Felv/FIV test, and a physical exam within the past 6 months. For convenience, an exam and most vaccinations may be included on the day of a scheduled surgical procedure. At the time of drop off, please allow 15 minutes for our team to review the planned procedure, answer any questions or concerns you may have, and collect completed Authorization Forms.
Our surgical team will escort your pet to the surgical prepping area to wait for their surgery. The team will collect all blood samples, and required diagnostics tests, place an intravenous catheter, administer sedation as directed by the doctor, and ensure your pet's comfort while waiting for their procedure.
If any questions arise, the doctor will contact you at the number on the Authorization Form. You are welcome to check up on your pet’s status. However, we request that you allow plenty of time for your pet’s procedure to be done. At this time, we will be able to give you an idea of when your pet may be discharged.
When you arrive to take your pet home, the receptionist will review your pet's final treatment plan and collect payment. The surgical team will go over all discharge orders verbally and give you a written copy. If you do not understand any instructions, please do not hesitate to ask them to go over things one more time.
We strive to make all clients and pets' surgical procedures as pleasant an experience as possible. Our team realizes that surgery can be an anxious time, and we are always available to answer any and all questions concerning the upcoming procedure.
We appreciate the opportunity to provide your pet’s care and the trust you place in us. We look forward to serving you and your pet on their upcoming surgery day and for years to come.