Katie-and-Ellie-3At the Northampton Veterinary Clinic we take pride in our surgical services. We not only perform routine spays and neuters but can also offer more complicated surgical services such as mass removals, cystotomies, amputations, exploratory surgery, as well as a variety of soft tissue surgery. Many owners are worried about their companion going under anesthesia; we take your pet’s safety very seriously throughout the procedure. We use the safest anesthetic agents available, many of which are utilized in human medicine. Every patient receives a physical exam prior to anesthesia and is monitored by a Certified Veterinary Technician and cardiovascular monitoring equipment during anesthesia. We recommend that all patients receive blood work prior to undergoing anesthesia. Pre-anesthetic blood work allows us to screen for underlying disease such as liver and kidney disease, diabetes, anemia and dehydration. If your companion should have abnormal blood work, we may alter the protocol that your pet receives or even cancel the anesthetic procedure while these health concerns are addressed. For patients under six years of age, pre-anesthetic blood work is optional and can be performed the morning of the anesthetic procedure. Because of its importance, we require blood work for all patients over the age of six. Older patients and patients with previously diagnosed illness are at a greater risk for anesthetic related complications and may require more extensive pre-anesthetic diagnostics. These may include a complete blood cell count (CBC), chemistry profile, thyroid level, urinalysis, ECG or X-rays. These tests need to be discussed with a veterinarian and scheduled prior to the anesthetic procedure.

The Night Before:

Please do not feed your companion after 8pm the night before surgery, this includes treats. Water is fine to have available up until you come into the clinic. Rabbits and pocket pets (rats, hamsters…) should eat normally up until you come in and you should bring their favorite food to eat after the procedure. We will ask you during the admission process when your companion ate last due to the importance of this information.

The Morning of Anesthetic Procedure:

Please bring your companion into the clinic between 8:00 am and 8:30 am on the morning of the scheduled procedure. You will first meet with a technician who will go over the series of questions and then have a brief exam with the doctor. She will discuss the procedure for that day and go over any concerns or additional questions you may have. Please note that the surgical admission process can take about 20-30 minutes so please plan your morning accordingly. Finally we will have created an estimate for you to look at the morning of the procedure which outlines the cost of services. If you have any questions about payment please bring them up before the day of the procedure, we will be happy to provide you with an estimate ahead of time.