Surgical Check In
On the day of surgery (or the night before if you prefer) your pet will be scheduled a 10-15 minute appointment to fill out the electronic consent forms. At that time we will answer any questions about your pet’s procedure. You can also e-mail us with questions ahead of time at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pre-Surgical Exam and TPR
After your pet is in the treatment room our team takes his or her Temperature/ Pulse/ Respiration and weight and does a physical exam to evaluate the health status of your pet. A blood sample is also obtained at this time.
A routine blood screen acts as a “Window into the Body” of your pet to help us assess internal organ function that cannot be determined based on physical examination alone. Indications of internal organ function such as the liver and kidney as well as the presence of infection or anemia can be determined.
Intra-Venous Catheter Placement
An IV Catheter is placed prior to surgery so that we have open venous access allowing injectable medications to be given directly into the vein. This also allows us to be able to start fluids if needed during the procedure. Having direct vascular access also allows prompt response should complications occur.
All surgical patients are provided with appropriate pain control during and after the procedure. Once your pet returns home, if you feel he or she is painful even with the medications which have been provided, please call (814) 849-2211 to let us know. There may be additional medicatios available or a different dosing plan if needed.
Heart rate, breathing and temperature are monitored by a qualified team member with the help of the help of mechanical devices such as pulse ox, blood pressure and ECG. A dedicated team member to monitor your pet is important for quick response if changes in anethesia are needed.
Our Class IV Theraputic Laser can be used after any surgical procedure to promote healing and reduce inflammation at the surgical site. This FDA approved therapeutic laser uses deep penetrating light to provide relief of pain through the release of endorphins and stimulates the injured cells to heal at a faster rate.
Your pet is monitored at frequent intervals throughout recovery until fully awake. In most instances your pet will be awake and able to go home during the late afternoon or evening the day of surgery. Occasionally, doctor will feel it is best for us to keep your pet overnight for observation. Please feel free to call any time through out the day to check on your pet. Orthopedic procedures are usually kept overnight for observation and additional injectible pain medications.
When your pet is ready to go home we will set up a 10-15 minute appointment to go over your pet’s release instructions and medications. All surgerie’s (except cat neuters) go home with antibiotics and an NSAID (or other pain medication) to ease pain and inflammation for a few days post surgery.