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Things to think about before you choose surgery for your pet.
Why Perform a Pre-Surgical Blood Screen?
Blood tests help identify problems not detected during a physical examination.
If results are within normal ranges, we can proceed with confidence and minimal risk. If results are not within normal ranges we can alter the anesthetic procedure, or take other precautions to safeguard your pets health and reduce the risk of potential complications.
These tests provide baseline levels for your pet that become part of their medical records for future reference.
Why Pain Medication?
We know dogs and cats feel the pain of surgery, just as people do. The difference is that they instinctively hide their pain. The severity and nature of the surgical pain varies with each pet and the type of surgery, but if left untreated, surgical pain tends to be most severe during the 24 hours after surgery. It then diminishes as the surgical wounds heal over time.
Knowing this, we can make your pet the most comfortable by anticipating and treating the pain, instead of withholding treatment until you see the signs that your pet is in pain.
On the day of surgery your pet is typically given a pain injection which lasts 24 hours followed by oral medication for approximately 4 days.
Why Microchip Your Pet?
Collars and tags can fall off. Tattoos can be changed. However, a microchip is a safe and permanent form of identification that can never be altered. Each microchip is registered into a national database individually, so that in the event that your pet is lost and taken to an animal shelter anywhere in North America you should be contacted within 24 hours.
Types of surgeries:
What is a Declaw?
A declaw is the surgical removal of the nail and it’s adjacent bony tissue.
* Due to the nature of this procedure, hospitalization is built into the recovery care for 48 hours post surgery. Plan on picking up your pet between noon-5pm the 48 hrs from the day of the scheduled procedure. * You may feed as normal. * Watch the incision sites for redness, swelling, or drainage once daily for 7-10 days. If any abnormalities are seen, check with your veterinarian. * Paper litter (“Yesterday’s News“) must be used for 14 days post-surgery. The litter is available at PetCo. or PetSmart.