Thanks for choosing Kingsdale Animal Hospital for your pet’s surgical needs. Keep in mind that we’re here to help! If you have any questions before or after your pet’s procedure, please contact us by any means.
For most procedures, you have some additional options for your consideration. If you have any questions, you can contact us before, or discuss with your admitting veterinary technician.
For all surgical procedures, we recommend to withhold food starting at 9PM the night prior to surgery. Water is ok to be consumed. We do recommend that you drop your pet off between 8-8:30 the morning of the procedure where then a veterinary technician will review the procedure and discuss your options for your pet’s surgery. All surgical procedures are performed in the morning so that they can recover comfortably and be monitored throughout the afternoon. You can call us anytime to obtain an update on your pet. You may pick-up your pet anytime after 4PM and we do recommend having a set time so that you can be properly discharged by a veterinary technician or the doctor who performed the procedure. We recommend that you set that appointment up at time of admittance in the morning.
During the pick-up appointment, your technician or doctor will thoroughly review recommendations for you in regards to the post-operative period. You need to observe and monitor the incision(s) closely for any signs of redness or discharge. Most pets do not require an e-collar but if you find that your pet is licking his/her incision(s), one would be required to prevent infection and breakdown of the incision. We also recommend to reduce your pet’s activity based on the doctor’s instructions and for how long depends on the procedure performed.
Yes! We recommend to withhold food starting at 9PM the night before surgery. This is for your pet’s safety and is very important. Water is ok however to be administered leading up to the procedure. **Rabbits are NOT to be fasted before the procedure**
We supply everything that is needed for a comfortable procedure and stay with us. Some clients like to bring something familiar to the patient, such as a toy or stuffed animal which is great. All surgical patients are offered a post-surgical meal once they recover from the anesthetic that is bland and easy on the stomach. You may however bring your pet’s own food if necessary.
We recommend to drop your pet off between 8-8:30AM. For most surgical procedures, you are able to pick-up your pet after 4PM on the same day.
For most surgical procedures, an e-collar is not necessary. For spays and neuters, we close the skin so that the sutures are not visible, therefore less irritating for the patient. Should your pet lick the incision however, an e-collar may be necessary to prevent infection and breakdown of the incision.
If this is the case, you can drop your pet off the night before surgery at no additional cost. Because all surgeries are performed in the morning, we do require our patients to be in the hospital before 9AM
Your pet will be in good hands at Kingsdale. We have Registered Veterinary Technicians that have special training in delivering and monitoring of anesthetics to our patients while they are with us.
Generally speaking, your pet’s exercise should be restricted for approximately 1 week after surgery to ensure for proper healing. Keep a close eye on the incision(s) and monitor for any signs of redness or discharge. This does vary from procedure to procedure and therefore, individualized instructions will be provided to you based on the procedure that has been performed.
For most surgical procedures, you can take your pet home the same day. For some of the more advanced procedures, we do however recommend an overnight stay. We do not however, make it mandatory for any pet to stay overnight and there is no additional fee for your pet to stay with us overnight.