Surgical and Dental Admission Instructions

This information is provided with your pet’s health and safety in mind. Please read and follow all the steps outlined to prepare your pet for surgery.

Fasting: Your pet must fast prior to surgery. Pets are to be restricted from food no later than 6 p.m. the night before surgery. Your pet can have unrestricted access to water.

Admission Time: Between 8:00 – 8:15 a.m. Please allow 15 minutes for pet admission. You may be asked to leave a 50% deposit.

Please bring your pet to the animal hospital in a carrier/kennel or on a leash. Your pet’s blanket, favorite toy and/or bedding are welcome to come along with him/her. Please label these items if possible. The familiar scent of these items may help comfort and calm your pet during her/his stay. 

Vaccine Info: For surgical and dental procedures you will need to provide a current vaccination history or have them updated at the time of surgery.

Canine required vaccines:

  • Distemper
  • Hepatitis
  • Leptospirosis
  • Parvo vaccine (DHLP)
  • Rabies vaccine  
  • Intestinal parasite screen (or current on heartworm prevention)

Feline required vaccines:

  • Rabies vaccine                              

When your pet is admitted for surgery you will be asked to fill out a surgical consent/admission form and review your pet’s treatment plan. Please be sure that we will be able to reach you throughout the day at the contact number provided on this form in case of an emergency.

Pre-Surgical Screening: With modern drugs and sophisticated equipment, the risk associated with general anesthesia and surgery is minimal for the healthy pet.  However, the potential for complications still exists, and the best way to minimize the risk for your pet is to have a complete pre-surgical blood panel evaluation performed before the procedure. This allows us to determine if your pet has any underlying problems that might lead to complications during or after surgery, and to make any adjustments necessary to safeguard your pet’s health and comfort.  

Post-Surgical Care: Both veterinary team members and the veterinarian will check your pet routinely during their hospital stay and again just prior to discharge. Your pet’s veterinarian or another veterinary team member will contact you once the surgery is over and give you a discharge time. Staff will meet with you before discharging your pet to answer any questions, explain medication and give you information concerning post-surgical care. 

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