Your cat has been scheduled for an anesthetic procedure. Our surgery check-in time is between 7:30 and 8:30 a.m. Pickup is no later than 5:30 p.m. Please call us prior to this date if there are any additional problems or concerns that you would like the doctor to address while your cat is in the hospital.
While your cat is in the hospital, there are several procedures, which some cats resent when awake, that can be done at this opportune time. These include placement of a microchip (which is a permanent identification method), having anal glands expressed, nails trimmed, ears cleaned, heartworm test, or a fecal exam. Vaccines can be given after your cat has fully recovered from anesthesia. Again, just let us know prior to your cat’s scheduled procedure date, or call us if you would like further explanation of these services.
Please read and complete your Pre-Anesthesia Consent Form. There are several procedures described which we strongly recommend. We highly recommend the full Pre-anesthetic blood work because it allows the doctor to evaluate the function of your cat’s vital internal organs, which are important in regulating anesthesia and assisting in recovery from surgery. We are especially concerned with the health of the liver and kidneys.
We strongly recommend having the blood work performed to help determine the health of your cat. Please see your Pre-Anesthesia Consent Form for explanation of the blood work and minimum requirements based on the age of your cat. Requirements are based on the age of your cat because the risks of anesthesia and surgery are slightly greater for older animals.
Pain management is very important in veterinary medicine. Many studies show that providing pain management for cats can actually speed up the healing process. We offer and highly recommend pain management for cats, for all surgical procedures. If you choose to have pain management for your cat, we require pre-anesthesia bloodwork.
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If you decline the Pre-anesthesia panel for patients under 4 years of age, we require a base minimum of blood work that includes a PCV and Total Protein. This helps the veterinarian to assess the red blood cell count, hydration, and protein levels in your cat.
The doctor may have recommended antibiotics prior to some surgeries, including dental and orthopedic procedures. If so, please remember to start giving them before surgery as prescribed. If you do not have these yet, please call our office at (304) 943-7954 to request a prescription.