What To Expect
If your pet is scheduled for surgery at Acton Veterinary Clinic, we request that you and your pet arrive at the hospital between 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. In some cases, it may be more convenient for your pet to stay at the clinic overnight before the procedure.
Please expect to be at the clinic for at least 10-15 minutes to meet with one of our veterinary assistants. They will help you complete authorization forms for the procedure, provide contact information should we need to get in touch with you during the day, and answer any questions you may have about your pet's surgery.
Your pet will be examined by one of our veterinarians in order to identify any concerns that need to be addressed prior to administering anesthesia. If you have opted for pre-anesthetic bloodwork, the results will be reviewed by a veterinarian before the procedure.
If there are any concerns, you will contacted by the veterinarian to discuss their recommendation(s). If serious concerns are identified, your pet's procedure may be postponed. Our primary goal is always to maximize your pet's safety.
A registered veterinary technician will monitor your pet during anesthesia. We provide I.V. fluids during surgery, which help keep your pet's blood pressure in the normal range and provides us with an access port to administer medications. Pulse oximetry measures your pet's heart rate and oxygenation, and a respiratory monitor alerts us to any changes in their breathing pattern.
Injectable pain medication(s) will be administered to ensure your pet is as comfortable as possible during recovery. We use warm blankets, heating pads, and a heating lamp to help your pet's body temperature return to normal after anesthesia. If indicated, your pet will go home with oral pain medication and/or antibiotics.
Depending on the type of surgery your pet has, they may be able to go home the same day. In some cases, we recommend that they stay in the hospital overnight or for several days so that we can monitor their recovery and make sure they will be comfortable once they go home.
Laser therapy is an option after surgery to help reduce pain and inflammation, speed healing, and increase circulation to the wounded area.