Preparing for an Anesthetic Procedure
PRE-ANESTHESIA LABWORK AND PHYSICAL EXAMINATION
Our greatest concern is the well-being of our patients. We cannot identify all metabolic disorders or problems with the internal organs that may affect the metabolism of the drugs used for anesthesia from a physical examination alone. For this reason, we submit pre-anesthesia lab work to help us identify potential issues and perform a complete physical examination at least one week prior to anesthesia.
THE NIGHT BEFORE ANESTHESIA
Please do not allow your pet to have anything to eat after midnight and withhold water after 6:00 am the next morning. You should pick up all food, including food for other pets to ensure that your pet does not accidentally ingest another pet's food overnight. It is ok to allow them to drink water overnight, but please remove the water at 6:00 am on the day of anesthesia.
THE DAY OF ANESTHESIA
Please arrive at the hospital between 8:00 - 8:30 am. Please allow an extra 10-15 minutes in your schedule so that you can complete the paperwork for admission to the hospital. Be sure that your pet has had no food after midnight and no water after 6:00 am.
We offer the option of having a microchip implanted under the skin. This is a way to identify your pet if they are lost even if they are not wearing a collar with tags. Many lost pets are brought into an animal hospital or shelter and scanned for a microchip. Those pets that are identified are quickly reunited with their owners. Sadly, without identification, pet and owner are not often reunited.
If you have a large breed dog, the anesthesia provides an opportune time to do a screening of hip radiographs to assess for hip dysplasia. These radiographs require general anesthesia in order to attain the proper positioning to determine any abnormalities.
Please speak with the doctors or our staff for more information and pricing for the microchip and screening hip radiographs.
The doctors and surgical technician will call you after the procedure to give you an update and to let you know when your pet will be discharged. At discharge, we will give you instructions on how to monitor your pet after anesthesia and dispense any medication the doctor has prescribed. You may also be provided with an Elizabethan Collar (E-Collar) to place on your pet to protect any incisions. Please feel free to call us at any time when your pet is hospitalized for an update.
Full payment is due on the day of surgery. We accept cash, most major credit cards, debit cards, and personal checks. ( You may check www.carecredit.com for financing options. )
We assure you that the entire hospital staff is here to provide the highest quality of care and comfort for your pet during hospitalization. Please feel free to call the hospital at any time with questions or concerns. We value your trust and confidence and appreciate having your pet as our patient. Thank you.