What Happens on the Day of the Procedure?

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You will be instructed to withhold food and water the morning of the procedure.  Special instructions may be given for pets with certain medical conditions or very young puppies or kittens. You will be asked to have your pet ready to check in to the hospital between 8 and 9 a.m. At that time, a technician will review your pet's medical history, and you will be asked to sign a surgical release form and leave a deposit. You will also be asked for phone numbers where you can be reached during the day.

The technician will weigh your pet and take his or her vital signs. If your pet needs blood work, the blood is drawn and analyzed in our lab. The veterinarian will perform a physical exam, listen to your pet's heart and lungs, and review his or her blood work. After your pet is cleared for anesthesia, an anesthetic plan is prepared, and your pet is given a sedative and pain medication.

When your pet is under anesthesia, our veterinarian will perform an oral exam and take intraoral radiographs (dental X-rays). The necessary procedures will be performed, and you will be contacted if any changes in the treatment plan are encountered. 

After the procedure is completed, we will monitor your pet until he or she is fully recovered. We usually keep our patients for one to two hours after anesthesia before they are discharged.

When your pet is discharged, you will be given a full dental report with photographs and radiographs. Written post-operative care instructions will be provided, and our technicians will explain medication and feeding instructions. At this time, a follow-up appointment will be scheduled so that we can evaluate the healing process.