Almost all pets will have at least one anesthetized surgical procedure in their lifetime. It may be when they are tiny for their spay or neuter or they may end up tearing their cruciate ligament or need a couple lumps removed. No matter the procedure, Parker Center Animal Clinic follows the strict surgery guidelines set forth by the American Animal Hospital Association regulating everything from placing an IV catheter for EVERY anesthetic procedure to constant monitoring during the recovery period. We follow these guidelines because we know how important your pet is to your family and therefore to us. We want you to have peace of mind knowing that your pet is in experienced, capable, and caring hands the entire time they are with us.
What To Expect on Surgery Day (and before and after)
After you and your veterinarian have decided that surgery is the best option for your pet, we will perform a pre-operative blood panel to ensure your pet is healthy enough to undergo anesthesia. We do this the day before surgery to provide us with the best panel possible and also reveals everything from how your pets organs are functioning to how many cells he has. It can also expose any underlying disease that are not yet visible.
Once that blood panel has been evaluated and your pet has been okay’d for surgery, you will bring your pet in the morning of the procedure as scheduled with our receptionists. It is important that your pet does not eat after 8:00 PM the night before and does not have any breakfast or treats that morning. Typically, you can allow your pet to drink water unless told otherwise. Please let us know if your pet is on any medication so we can determine what your pet can have the morning of the procedure.
When you arrive you will meet with the certified veterinary technician that will be helping your pet throughout the procedure. You will discuss the procedure and go over any questions or concerns. This technician will be your contact for the day if you want to check in on your pet.
Before undergoing any procedure the surgeon will examine your pet to establish if your pet is still healthy and the confirm that the surgery is still being performed. An IV catheter will be placed, giving us quick access to administer medications for sedation, antibiotics, and fluids that maintains your pets blood pressure.
When your pet is ready to go into surgery, a sedative and pain medication will be given. Once anesthetized your pet will constantly be monitored by the surgery CVT while undergoing his procedure. After the procedure is complete the technician will provide you with an update on the procedure, and based on the recovery, a pick up time will be scheduled. In recovery your pet will continue to be monitored to ensure that he is coming out of anesthesia well.
When it is time to pick your pet up, the surgery CVT will review home care information with you and answer any questions you may have. This usually takes 10-15 minutes to review everything thoroughly. Your pet will typically go home with medication, so please let us know if you have any questions about these. Always know that we are happy to answer any questions you have at that time or give us a call later!
Our Surgical Care Services Include