What to Expect on the Day of Surgery

Pre-operative medications 

Through our commitment to a Fear Free experience we have instituted a pre-surgical protocol for administering anti-anxiety medications at home.  By administering these medications the evening prior and again 1-2 hour before drop-off for their surgical appointment we can decrease our pets stress levels and stress-associated increases in heart rate, respiration rate and blood pressure.  This can also lessen the amount of anesthesia medications we use, allowing the surgery to be safer for your pet.  These medications are also available for anxious patients prior to examinations and routine appointments.  

Check-in  

During the check-in procedure, our technicians will ask about your pets recent health changes, medications, or other concerns. We have a standard check-in sheet, available for preview, with a variety of options and details that the technician will discuss with you.   During this time we will also confirm your understanding of the anesthesia or sedation procedure for the day and discuss our monitoring protocols listed below.  

Operative Monitoring  

Your pet's complete health is our biggest concern during their procedure.  We monitor a large variety of physical parameters, such as heart rate, respiratory rate, blood pressure, CO2 levels (exhaled air), and body temperature.  These parameters help us ensure the safest lowest administration of anesthesia possible. 

Post-operative 

Monitoring A technician will stay by your pets side until they are conscious again, constantly monitoring their breathing and heart rate.  You will get a phone call after they are awake to update you on their procedure and to schedule a discharge time.  

Discharge 

When your pet is ready to go home, we will provide you with discharge instructions discussing food, water, activity level and medications.  You will have time to ask our technical staff and doctors questions and will be provided an after-hours phone number (701-483-3181) if any questions arise.