The doctors and staff of Jasper Animal Hospital want to make you and your pets’ experience at our clinic to be as calm and comfortable as possible. Please do not hesitate to contact us at any time with questions about your pet’s health or surgery.
Why does my pet need pre-anesthetic blood testing?
Pre-anesthetic blood testing is important in reducing the risk of anesthesia even though we use the safest available anesthesia. Every pet needs blood testing before surgery to ensure that the liver and kidneys can tolerate the anesthetic. Even apparently healthy animals can have serious organ system problems that cannot be detected without blood testing. If there is a problem it is much better to find it before it causes anesthetic or surgical complications. If serious problems are detected surgery can be postponed until the problem is corrected.
My pet is scheduled for surgery. What should I do the night before?
It is important that surgery be done on an empty stomach to reduce the risk of vomiting during and after anesthesia. Therefore, feed your pet dinner as usual but no food after 9 p.m. Continue to provide fresh, room temperature water until you bring your pet in for surgery. NO FOOD OR TREATS BEFORE LEAVING FOR SURGERY. Most medications can be given as scheduled before surgery. PLEASE BE SURE TO DISCUSS ALL MEDICATIONS AND SUPPLEMENTS WITH THE DOCTOR PRIOR TO SURGERY.
What do I bring to the hospital the day of surgery?
Please bring the completed Patient Information Form and Surgical Consent Form that was given to you at your last visit or that you downloaded and printed from this website. You are welcome to bring a favorite toy or blanket from home to make your animal more comfortable while hospitalized.
What time should I drop off my pet for surgery?
We ask that you make an appointment to drop your pet off between 7:30 and 9:00 a.m. This allows the pet time to settle in to the clinic environment and to be prepped for surgery.
Will my pet come home the same day?
It will depend upon the type of surgery your pet has. Most pets do go home the same day as their surgical procedure. We typically keep pets at the hospital until the end of the day to allow them to recover from their anesthesia and become more comfortable. Orthopedic surgeries usually require one night at our hospital.
Will my pet have stitches?
For many surgeries we use absorbable sutures underneath the skin. These will dissolve on their own and do not need to be removed later. Some surgeries, especially tumor removals, do require skin stitches. With either type of suture you will need to keep an eye on the incision for swelling or discharge. Most dogs and cats do not lick excessively or chew at the incision but this is an occasional problem you will also need to watch for. If there are skin sutures these will usually be removed 10 to 18 days after surgery. You will also need to limit your pet’s activity level for a time and no baths are allowed for the first 10 days following surgical procedures.
Will my pet be in pain?
Anything that causes pain in people can be expected to cause pain in animals, although pets may not show the same symptoms of pain. Providing appropriate pain relief is a humane and caring thing to do for your pet. Recent advances in pain medications for pets have allowed for better pain control than ever before. After surgery pain medication is given on a case by case basis. Any animal that appears painful will receive appropriate additional pain medication.
What should I do to take care of my pet after surgery?
We will provide you with detailed post-operative discharge instructions for your review prior to discharging your pet from our hospital. For transport home, provide a comfortable space in your automobile with blankets for padding and warmth. If you have a large animal you may want to arrange for help lifting your pet into and out of your vehicle.