Ansley Animal Clinic offers a variety of surgical services, including routine procedures such as spays and neuters to soft tissue excisions. For orthopedic and some soft tissue surgeries, we may refer out to our trusted specialists.
If your pet is having a soft tissue surgery, a technician will confirm with you the areas the doctor will be working on before you leave your pet for the day. A doctor will then physically examine your pet to ensure s/he is safe to undergo anesthesia. A technician monitors and records your pet’s vital signs throughout the entire procedure. Most soft tissue and orthopedic surgeries require sutures or staples, which means your pet will likely be sent home with pain medication and/or a cone and will need to return in 10-14 days for a complimentary suture removal or evaluation. A technician will always go over after-care instructions at pickup. In some cases, our doctors may refer your pet to one of our trusted specialists.
Schedule a surgery: We only perform surgeries Monday – Friday. If your pet is over the age of seven, the doctor will recommend blood work within three months of your pet undergoing anesthesia. For most dental or surgical procedures, a pre-eval exam is required. Most post-evaluation exams and suture removals are complimentary. It is hospital policy that your pet be up-to-date on his or her annual exam and vaccinations before time of service. Call to schedule.
Deposit: We require a $50 deposit to schedule a surgical procedure. Your deposit will be applied the day of your pet’s procedure or if you cancel or reschedule with at least 48 hours’ notice. If less than 48 hours’ notice is given, your deposit is non-refundable.
What to expect on the day of surgery
Before you come: All surgical procedures are performed under general anesthesia. Because anesthesia may cause nausea, we request all pets be fasted for at least 12 hours prior to drop-off. If your pet is over the age of seven, the doctor will recommend performing blood work within three months of your pet undergoing anesthesia. All blood work must be drawn and reviewed prior to scheduling your pet’s appointment.
Drop-off and pickup: We ask that owners drop-off their pets for surgery at 8am and pickup between 5 and 6pm. A technician will always go over after-care instructions at pickup. For our patients’ safety, we place an I.V. Catheter during all sedated procedures, so your pet will go home with a small shaved spot on his or her leg. We also perform a complimentary nail trim with all anesthetized procedures (unless requested otherwise).
The procedure: After being dropped-off, a doctor physically examines your pet and reviews recent blood work to ensure s/he is safe to undergo anesthesia. Throughout the entire procedure a technician monitors and records your pet’s vital signs. Most surgeries require sutures, which means your pet will likely be sent home with pain medication and a cone (or Elizabethan collar), and your pet will need to return in 10-14 days for a complimentary incision evaluation and suture removal. Your pet must wear the cone until the sutures are removed.
A technician will always go over after-care instructions at pickup, and will send you home with an aftercare reference sheet. Also, we will call the next day to check on your pet following the procedure.