Cat declawing is possibly one of the most controversial of all animal surgeries. Cats scratch to mark territory and to keep their claws in top condition, but the scratching behavior can challenge ...View Article
Animal Care & Medical Center offers our patient form(s) online so you can complete it in the convenience of your own home or office.
This lets us record our pet and owners into our management software so that we can effectively and efficiently provide the service you deserve!
This lets us know the history and current state of your pet's health. What questions, concerns, goals, regarding wellness can we help you with? Let us know!
This form can be filled out to register for access to the member wellness section of our website. You can also sign up for our monthly newsletter to keep up on current health issues and news and events in our office. You can print it out and bring it in to our office or Click Here to register online! The online newsletter sign-up is also on the right. We look forward to making your experience with our office and website more interactive and rewarding!
ANIMAL CARE AND MEDICAL CENTER
Patient__________________ Date of Surgery___/___/___ Day ____________ Doctor______________
Please read and follow the steps outlined to prepare your pet for surgery. This information is provided with your pet’s safety in mind.
1. No food after 8:00 pm the evening before surgery. Water is ok to offer.
2. Drop off your pet between 7:15 & 8:00 am on the day of surgery. Please give yourself approximately 15 minutes as this is our general surgery drop off time and there may be other patients being checked in at that time. You will also meet with a technician who will go over the procedure and have you sign the paperwork. Dog Owners: Please make sure your dog gets a good walk prior to coming in as they are often not walked again until after their procedure. Please be sure to provide a phone number where you can be reached during the day in case we need to reach you.
3. We will call you after you pet’s procedure to give you an update. Or you may call after 2:00 pm to check on your pet. Routine surgeries are usually released between 4:30 and 5:30 p.m.
Pre–anesthetic blood work
will be run; older patients may have already had this done or we will draw blood the morning of the procedure. This blood work helps monitor the status of the patient’s major organs (kidneys and liver) which help the body metabolize the anesthesia. The blood work also checks other parameters to help determine healing ability, blood clotting ability and general health status of the patient. This blood work may also be baseline for your pet by which we can monitor trends throughout their life.
An exam for your pet will be performed by the Doctor prior to any procedure. If the doctor notices any abnormalities on your pet's examination, our staff will contact you if it will affect your pet's ability to undergo anesthesia, or if there is something we can do to help improve your pet's health while they are already under anesthesia. For example, if our doctors notice dental disease, we may contact you to see if you would like your pet's teeth cleaned.
- An I.V. catheter may be placed in a leg where a spot of hair has been shaved and fluids will be administered during your pet’s procedure. This helps us maintain adequate blood pressure by being able to provide fluid therapy and provides immediate access to the bloodstream if the need arises to administer emergency medication as well as prevents dehydration since your pet has been fasted since the night before the procedure. For shorter procedures or those not involving general anesthesia, an I.V. catheter may not be used and subcutaneous fluids may be given instead
The skin surrounding the surgical area will be clipped and scrubbed with an antiseptic. Equipment used will be sterilized, and surgery personnel will antiseptically scrub and wear gloves, masks, and gowns and caps during the operation..
—Local or general anesthesia will be used. Some risk is involved, depending upon the general condition of your pet, age, etc. Surgery may occur as scheduled or be delayed, depending upon the determination after presurgical examination. The doctor will call you if surgery is delayed.
– Heart and respiration is monitored on all surgical patients during their operation. A state of the art Mutli-parameter monitor which monitors ECG, respiratory rate, body temperature, blood pressure, and oxygen levels during the procedure.
Both staff and doctor will check your pet routinely during the hospital stay, and again just prior to release. We will meet with you before taking your pet home, and give you written postsurgical information. Pain medications may be prescribed to take home. If you wish to discuss any of this with only the doctor, please make advance arrangements.