If the need arises for your pet to have surgery, whether it be a spay or neuter, growth removal, or one of many other surgical procedures, your pet’s safety and comfort are very important to us. For the safety of all of our patients, all pets having surgery must be examined by a doctor and be current on preventive immunizations recommended for them, given by a licensed veterinarian. Our surgery technicians ensure that our patients are closely monitored throughout the surgical procedure by keeping them on heart and oxygen monitors to show current vital signs and giving heat therapy to maintain body temperature. Our doctors are available to answer any questions that you may have about surgical procedure. We serve the Rock Hill, Fort Mill, Tega Cay, Baxter and York, SC general area.
Even though many pets may not show signs of pain and are unable to tell us when and where they hurt, we know that just like us, pets experience some discomfort or pain following a surgical procedure. For this reason, we require post-surgical pain management for all of our surgery patients. This pain management involves medications given after surgery while here in the hospital and also oral medications to be given at home.
To further enhance your pet’s safety, we also recommend a pre-surgical blood screen and peri-operative fluids. A pre-anesthetic blood screen evaluates the organ systems most directly affecting the safety of anesthesia, the liver and kidneys, and tests for anemia and dehydration. This testing can help us plan the anesthetic procedures that are best for your pet. We also recommend an intravenous catheter and fluids during the surgical procedure to help maintain blood pressure, oxygen perfusion, assist the body in processing the anesthetic medicines more efficiently, and provide immediate access to give medications in case of emergencies.
To prepare your pet for surgery, no breakfast is permitted the morning of surgery because anesthesia can sometimes cause an upset stomach and vomiting. Regular food is fine the day before surgery and water is encouraged even the morning of surgery. Admission for surgery is between 7:30 and 9:30 am. It will take approximately 15 minutes for our surgery technicians to get information from you, answer any questions you may have and briefly discuss the pre-anesthetic blood work, per-operative fluids and other important items.
When your pet goes home, a surgery technician will provide detailed information for you about how to care for your pet at home after surgery. We are happy to answer any questions and if any concerns develop once you get your pet home please call us.