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What You Need to Know Before Your Pet's Upcoming Surgery
Many people have questions about various aspects of their pet's surgery, and we hope this information will help. It also explains the decisions you will need to make before your pet's upcoming surgery. For more information and pictures, see this page.
Preanesthetic blood testing is important in reducing the risk of anesthesia. Ideally, every pet needs blood testing before surgery to ensure that the liver and kidneys can handle the anesthetic. Even apparently healthy animals can have serious organ system problems that cannot be detected without blood testing. If there is a problem, it is much better to find it before it causes anesthetic or surgical complications.
We offer three levels of in-house blood testing before surgery, which we will go over with you when you bring your pet in. Dr. Sewell prefers the more comprehensive screen, because it gives her the most information to ensure the safety of your pet.
It is important that surgery be done on an empty stomach to reduce the risk of vomiting during and after anesthesia. The concern relates to an associated risk of aspiration pneumonia. To greatly reduce this risk we require animal be fasted starting at 10PM on Monday night (the night before surgery). Water can be left down for the pet until the morning of surgery.
What other decisions do I need to make?
For most surgeries, we like to keep your pet the night following the procedure. This allows us to monitor their recovery longer and to ensure adequate pain control. Surgical patients can either be dropped off the night before the procedure or by 8:30 AM the morning of the procedure.
What communication can I expect from Sewell Animal Hospital?
We will call you the night before your scheduled surgery appointment, to confirm the time you will be dropping your pet off and to answer any questions you might have. In the meantime, please don't hesitate to call us with any questions about your pet's health or surgery.
We will also call you after your pet is awake following the procedure. At this time, we will confirm the date and time we will discharge them.
When do you regularly preform surgeries?
Tuesdays are our scheduled surgery days. This allows us to devote our attention to the surgery cases without other distractions.