Comprehensive and Compassionate Surgical Care
At Ark Veterinary Hospital & Urgent Care we perform a variety of surgical procedures using modern equipment and anesthetic and pain management protocols. We know surgery can be a scary event for owners and pets, so we do everything in our power to provide a safe and successful surgical experience treating your pets like our own.
The following information is for routine procedures. There are other forms and instructions for Barn Cat spay/neuter and Income-based spay/neuter procedures.
Prior to a Procedure
In general, the following items are required:
- A physical exam to ensure your pet is as healthy as possible for the procedure
- Preoperative blood testing to tailor an appropriate anesthetic and pain protocol for your pet
- Updating vaccines and preventative care if needed
- Reviewing paperwork and estimates for the procedure so that your questions can be satisfactorily answered
The Day of the Surgery
- Your pet MUST be fasted (no food or treats). The time period depends on the species. For dogs/cats fast after 10pm the night before. If your pet is on medication, call for instructions.
- Take away water the morning of surgery
- Check-in is between 8-9am the morning of surgery
- Bring any medications your pet is on with you
- Dogs MUST be on a leash or in a carrier, and cats MUST be in a carrier. If you are bringing more than one pet they MUST be in separate carriers
- Exotics require special fasting instructions. Please call for these. Exotics must be in an appropriate carrier. Bring in any medications for your exotic pet plus a small amount of their normal diet.
After the Procedure
Surgery procedures occur in an order that fits best with the hospital schedule and is based on the pet’s needs.
- You will receive notification when your pet is out of surgery
- Most surgery discharges will occur between 4-5pm, however your pet may stay shorter/longer depending on the procedure and your pet’s status. NOTE: unless otherwise discussed, your pet MUST be picked up prior to closing.
- You will receive take-home instructions regarding your pet’s care at home
- Rechecks may be needed and can be scheduled at discharge.
Please note: Pain management is one of our highest priorities and is required for all pets. A pain protocol will be tailored toward your pet’s individual needs.