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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.
Please read carefully all the enclosed information. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us. We perform our surgeries at our hospital which is located at 4 Devine Street in North Haven.
On your pets’ surgery day, we require you to review and sign the Conditions of Admission Form.
We also require you to sign a CPR Consent Form as well as the PreAnesthetic Bloodwork Consent Form. In most cases, you will have already completed the bloodwork in our office prior to surgery day and will not need to repeat it. You are encouraged to download and print the forms at home to save time at admittal on surgery day. You will find the links further down the page.
The night before your pet’s surgery…
On the morning of the scheduled surgery, make arrangements for your pet to be dropped off between 7:30-9:00am unless you have made other arrangements . At the time of drop off, our team will be happy to answer any questions/concerns and collect the completed forms.
Our veterinary technicians will escort your pet to the surgical prepping area to wait for their surgery. If you have elected any of the additional laboratory tests (or did not have recent bloodwork ), our nurse will collect all samples at this time. Your pet will also have an IV Catheter placed.
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. Generally the doctor will have several procedures on any given day and every effort will be made to contact the owner as soon as the procedure is complete. At this time, we will let you know when you will be able to take your pet home. You will be discharged by a nurse and he/she will go over everything with you prior to discharge as well as give you a written copy of the discharge notes. Our hours of discharge are 10:00-12:00pm and 3:00-8:00pm.
PRE-Anesthetic Blood Testing
Our greatest concern is the well being of your pet. Before putting your pet under anesthesia, we routinely perform a full physical exam and require a pre anesthetic blood profile. This will maximize patient safety.
The blood profile helps alert our surgeon to the presence of dehydration, anemia, infection, diabetes, and/or kidney or liver disease that could complicate the procedure. These conditions may NOT be detected without this profile thus not allowing for the most appropriate and safest regime to be administered. These tests are similar to those your own physician would run if you were undergoing anesthesia. In addition, these tests may be useful if your pet’s health changes to develop faster, more accurate diagnosis and treatments.
The Authorization Form you will sign on your pet’s surgery day will offer pre-anesthetic bloodwork but you need only check yes if bloodwork has not already been performed at our Wellness office prior to surgery day.
In some cases, it may be recommended to have additional bloodwork done.
The FeLV/FIV blood test for all feline patients should be performed at least once in their lives as Feline Leukemia and Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (Feline Aids) are viruses for which no cure exists. If your cat goes outdoors, we recommend administering the feline leukemia vaccine as well.
The 4DX is a combination heartworm and tick screening test and it is recommended that dogs have this blood test once yearly in addition to using monthly tick control.
Anesthetic Procedures & Risks
We use a combination of the most up to date and safest pre-anesthetic medications and inhalant anesthetics to achieve optimum levels of anesthesia and to provide a quick recovery.
For most procedures, your pet is anesthetized and then intubated (insertion of a tube into the trachea or windpipe). This will ensure that your pet is able to achieve oxygen at all times and prevents aspiration of any fluids into the lungs.
Monitoring & Pain Management
Monitoring of patients during anesthesia is done in two ways. First, a veterinary nurse is with your pet continuously from beginning of anesthesia to recovery. Second, we have monitors that record heart rate, pulse rate, oxygen levels, respiration, ECG, and temperatures.
Our clinic strongly believes in compassionate, quality, medical care for our patients. As a result, all surgery patients will receive pain management before, during, and after surgery. Additionally, pain medication may be prescribed to go home. We want this program to help reduce any discomfort experienced and aid in a quicker recovery.
Intravenous Catheterization & Fluids
We highly recommend and sometimes require the placement of an IV catheter and use of IV fluids during all anesthetic procedures. This allows us to have quick, available access to the circulatory system (blood) in case of an unforeseen emergency. The fluids help provide support to the circulatory system and prevent dehydration, as well as aid in a quicker recovery.
It is important for you to understand that there is always a slight risk of anesthetic and surgical complications anytime these procedures are performed. We strive to take the highest quality care of your pet and take all the added precautions you allow to avoid potential problems.
We hope that surgery day with the Veterinary Wellness Center and the Central Veterinary Hospital will be a pleasant experience. Remember, our team knows surgery can be an anxious time and we are always available to answer any and all questions concerning the upcoming procedure. We look forward to serving you and your pet on surgery day and for years to come.
This let's us know the history and current state of your pet's health. What questions, concerns, goals, regarding wellness can we help you with? Let us know!
Pre-Anesthetic Blood Panel Consent Form:
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