When a pet needs surgery, we know just hearing the word can pose a number of questions and concerns for the owner. What can I expect after my pet’s surgery? Will he be in pain afterward? The list goes on and on, and the skilled surgeon at Arkansas Veterinary Emergency & Specialists can put your mind at ease. We perform a number of advanced surgical procedures using advanced tools and state-of-the-art technology while putting your pet’s safety and comfort at the forefront.
Our surgeon has undergone additional training after veterinary school, including an internship of at least one year as well as a three-year residency program. This residency program is designed to meet guidelines created by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons (ACVS). While in the care of our team, your pet will be in good hands.
What to Expect Before Surgery
Before every surgery, we perform an evaluation exam, which is typically scheduled at least 24 hours prior to the actual procedure. You and your pet will be greeted upon your arrival to this visit and escorted to an exam room, where one of our trained technicians will ask questions about your pet. We will then check your pet’s vital signs, temperature, and weight. In most cases, one of our doctors performs a preliminary exam as well.
The night before surgery, we require that you refrain from feeding your pet after midnight and until after the surgery is complete. Water can be provided, but in small amounts. Surgery drop-off is between 7 a.m. and 8 a.m. However, there are occasions in which emergency situations may cause delays. We apologize in advance, should such a case delay your pet’s appointment.
What to Expect During and After Surgery
After your pet is prepped and ready for surgery, we administer anesthesia. A technician will be assigned to your pet to monitor him through every stage of the procedure, including recovery, never leaving his side. We use state-of-the-art monitoring equipment (pulse oximetry, etc.) to monitor your pet’s vitals, including blood pressure and respiration.
When the surgery is complete, your pet will be kept sedated and comfortable—free of pain—overnight with continuous monitoring by our emergency staff. Some pets are able to return home the next day while others need to stay longer. It ultimately depends on the complexity of the procedure and the pet’s health status. When you arrive to pick up your pet, we’ll provide you with discharge instructions and answer any questions you have.