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What should I expect on surgery day?
When your pet is ready to go home, we will review your postoperative care and medication instructions with you and members of your family. If you need anything, please don’t hesitate to call us. We’re here to help!
How does a drop-off appointment work?
How do I submit fecal and urine samples?
Fecal: The next time your dog defecates, be sure to bring the sample in a ziplock bag. Samples should be brought in as fresh as possible, within four to six hours is ideal. Make sure the sample is refrigerated before bringing in!
Urine: To collect urine, be sure to take your dog for a walk and keep them close. Have a ladle or collection utensil ready (preferably something you don’t want back) for the moment they begin to urinate. Be sure to use your utensil to collect as much as possible and put it in a container to bring to us. Please keep the sample refrigerated.
Spay and Neuter Recovery Instructions
Be sure to check the incision daily to make sure it’s healing properly, and contact us immediately if you see any redness, irritation, or swelling. Please be sure to not bathe your dog within fourteen days of surgery.
If your pet is uncomfortable, lethargic, or having issues eating or going to the bathroom, please contact us immediately.
What is a BGC and what should I expect?
A blood glucose curve is a tool that allows us to determine the effectiveness of the insulin and identify the appropriate dose and frequency of administration. This test helps us determine when insulin given to your pet starts working, how efficient the dose is, how low your pet’s glucose falls, and how long the insulin works in your dog.
Your dog may stay with us for up to 24 hours and food and insulin injections are given at the same time you usually give them at home. A blood sample is taken prior to feeding and insulin injection and then taken every 2-4 hours for up to 24 hours. This should give us the results we need.
What do I need to know about quality of life care?
Pets don’t need a fancy red sports car, a generous retirement account or a fulfilling job.
Their basic needs include being able to eat, drink, breathe, walk, urinate, defecate, groom and sleep, all in a pain free manner. And hopefully, you can expect a little tail wag here and there from a dog and a happy meow from a cat.
This list is certainly debatable, I admit it. One could add that a pet should be free of loneliness, fear and boredom. But I think the short list is a good starting point when you consider medical conditions.
If any of these basic bodily functions doesn’t take place, or if it occurs with discomfort or pain, then your pet has a decreased quality of life. What can you do then? You need to start by having a serious conversation with your family veterinarian.
Questions that need to be answered are: Why is my pet painful? How can we decrease the pain? Can medications or surgery help?
For example, if your dog limps, pain medications, surgery, joint supplements, weight-loss or a “joint food” might help. If your cat has a tumor, surgery may help get rid of it. If your pet has a hormone imbalance, medications may solve the problem.