Checklist for the Day of Surgery
- No food after midnight (Water is OK).
- Patient drop-off will be between 7:30-8:00am.
- Bring all your medications with you (we will refill what is needed).
- You will leave a deposit for the low end of the estimate on the morning of surgery.
- We perform surgeries from 8am – 2pm; you will be contacted as soon as we are finished (No News is Good News!).
- Most patients will go home between 4-5pm.
- Discharge will typically take 15-30 minutes.
- We will discuss medications, give you some exercises to do at home, we will show you any x-rays, and answer any additional questions.
- If needed, there are a few after-hours clinics.
- It is not uncommon for your pet to be a little sleepy or wobbly when they go home.
- A bandage will be over the incision. These typically fall off within the first few days.
- There will be a bandage over the catheter site. This can be removed when you get home.
- Medications can begin the first evening.
- Pick a time that works for you (6p-6a, 7p-7a, etc.).
- Start by feeding 1/4 to 1/2 of a normal meal. Many patients can be nauseous the first night after surgery.
- Feel free to call the clinic with any questions. Voicemails are automatically emailed to us so we can get your message outside the clinic.