Our surgery services at Homestead Animal Health include:
- Pre-surgical exam
- Pre-anesthetic testing
- Monitoring during surgery
- Gas anesthesia
- Post-operative care
- Specific discharge instructions
When your pet is admitted to our hospital for surgery, the veterinary technician explains the procedure and will go over the necessary paperwork preceding surgery. You will be asked to sign a surgery consent form and discuss pre-anesthetic diagnostic testing. The veterinary technician will also explain the necessity of pre-surgical blood work and testing prior to the administration of anesthesia and the surgical procedure. The pre-anesthetic diagnostic testing helps us evaluate the health of your pet’s liver and kidneys to avoid problems that relate to anesthesia. If the results are normal, then we can proceed with confidence, if not, we can alter the anesthetic procedure or take other precautions in order to protect your pet’s health. These test results also become part of your pet’s medical record and can provide a baseline for us for future references.
During the surgical procedure, gas anesthesia is used because it is the safest anesthesia. Your pet’s anesthesia will be monitored with the aid of a pulse oximeter, a non-invasive method of monitoring that provides us important information about the oxygen level and pulse rate of the patient. Your pet is also placed on a heating pad during the procedure and recovery to ensure its body temperature is being properly maintained.
During recovery, your pet is monitored to ensure their safety. When your pet is recovered from anesthesia, you will be contacted by phone so we can give a status report on the procedure and your pet. It is required that owners leave us with a phone number where they can be reached in case we have questions, prior to or during the surgical procedure as well as to call them with an update afterwards.
Depending on the procedure, your pet can either go home the same day or at a different time. We may want them to stay overnight so we can examine them and their incision the following morning. Discharge is generally done between 4:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. the same day of surgery or may be done the following day, after 9:30 a.m. When the owner comes to retrieve their pet, discharge instructions are discussed. The pre-surgical blood work results are reviewed, medications are discussed and specific post-operative instructions are given.
Our goal is to make the surgical procedure a positive experience for you and your pet.