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Is Your Pet Having Surgery?

What You Need to Know

  • Option of running pre-anaesthetic blood work at the clinic the morning of surgery
  • Please drop off the patient between 8:15 – 8:45 AM - No later or earlier please
  • No food after 10 PM the night before surgery (no breakfast or snacks the morning of procedure)
  • A little water is fine to offer
  • Welcome to bring own dog/cat food if staying overnight
  • Option to microchip
  • Option to extract any retained baby teeth
  • Discharge appointment to discuss procedure with staff prior to going home will be set up

Common Questions

What is pre-anaesthetic blood work?

Pre-anesthetic blood work is to ensure your pet can properly process and eliminate an anaesthetic agent, confirms that your pet’s organs are functioning properly and can find possible hidden health concerns that could put your pet at risk.  Depending on the blood results veterinarians may alter the anaesthetic procedure, take other precautions to safeguard your pet's health or postpone the procedure.  This blood work also provides a baseline for future reference.

Why are animals fasted prior to surgery?

When animals are under a general anaesthetic they no longer have a gag reflex.  This reflex is present to prevent food ingested from going into the airway (trachea) instead of the esophagus and onto the stomach.  If an animal happens to vomit or regurgitate some food while under general anaesthesia, this can go into the airway and cause pneumonia.  If you forget to fast your pet prior to surgery the veterinarian may recommend to postpone the surgery for the safety of your animal.

What are retained deciduous teeth?

Retained deciduous teeth are baby teeth that should have fallen out and have not.  This can occur when the roots of these baby teeth are not reabsorbed.  This can affect the incoming adult teeth by affecting their positioning or causing infection.  Most deciduous teeth normally fall out by 6 months of age.  If there are any retained deciduous teeth, extraction is recommended at the time of spay or neuter.

What is microchiping?

A microchip is an implant placed under the skin, about the size of a large grain of rice.  It helps identify your pet if they are ever lost.  An enrollment form is filled out with all the pet and owner’s information.  Tattoos can be difficult to read and tags on collars can be lost, so microchiping provides permanent identification of your pet.  Veterinarians often implant a microchip when your pet is being spayed or neutered although it can be done at any time.