Surgical FAQ's

Will my pet be in pain?

Surgical procedures are usually accompanied by some degree of pain; However, we have many options for quality pain control during and after the procedure to help keep your pet comfortable. Depending on the procedure and your pet’s health we will devise the best plan to make recovery as pain-free as possible.

 

What other decisions do I need to make?

While your pet is under anesthesia, it is the ideal time to perform other minor procedures, such as, ear cleaning, or implanting an identification microchip. When you bring your pet in for surgery, allow 5 to 10 minutes to fill out paperwork and discuss decisions on other available options.  When you pick up your pet after surgery we will spend about 10 minutes going over your pet's post-surgical needs. We will contact you within 3 days prior to your scheduled surgery appointment to confirm the time you will be dropping your pet off and answer any questions you might have.  In the meantime, please don't hesitate to call us with any questions about your pet's health or surgery.

​Is declawing my cat a good idea?

We can perform declaw procedures however, we do not recommend declawing. It is an amputation of the distal toe, which can cause chronic pain and other issues later in life. There are several other options to help prevent your cat from scratching. Nail caps, scratching post attractants, regular nail trims, and cat trees are all good alternatives. We are happy to discuss further options that fit your cat’s needs.

At what age can I have my pet spayed or neutered?

We recommend spaying and neutering at approximately 8 months of age. Your pet is given an exam and pre-anesthetic blood work prior to surgery to help determine whether your pet is healthy enough to undergo the procedure. Currentvaccinations are required at the time of surgery.