Does my pet need to be fasted before surgery?
Yes! We recommend to withhold food starting at 9PM the night before surgery. This is for your pet’s safety and is very important. Water is ok however to be administered leading up to the procedure. **Rabbits are NOT to be fasted before the procedure**
When do I drop my pet off? When can I pick him/her up?
We recommend to drop your pet off between 8-8:30AM. For most surgical procedures, you are able to pick-up your pet after 4PM on the same day.
I am unable to drop my pet off at 8AM. What are my options?
If this is the case, you can drop your pet off the night before surgery at no additional cost. Because all surgeries are performed in the morning, we do require our patients to be in the hospital before 9AM
Does my pet need any special aftercare?
Generally speaking, your pet’s exercise should be restricted for approximately 1 week after surgery to ensure for proper healing. Keep a close eye on the incision(s) and monitor for any signs of redness or discharge. This does vary from procedure to procedure and therefore, individualized instructions will be provided to you based on the procedure that has been performed.
What do I bring for my pet’s surgery?
We supply everything that is needed for a comfortable procedure and stay with us. Some clients like to bring something familiar to the patient, such as a toy or stuffed animal which is great. All surgical patients are offered a post-surgical meal once they recover from the anesthetic that is bland and easy on the stomach. You may however bring your pet’s own food if necessary.
Does my pet need an E-collar or cone?
For most surgical procedures, an e-collar is not necessary. For spays and neuters, we close the skin so that the sutures are not visible, therefore less irritating for the patient. Should your pet lick the incision however, an e-collar may be necessary to prevent infection and breakdown of the incision.
Who monitors my pet under the anesthesia?
Your pet will be in good hands at Kingsdale Animal Hospital. We have Registered Veterinary Technicians that have special training in delivering and monitoring of anesthetics to our patients while they are with us.
Does my pet need to stay overnight?
For most surgical procedures, you can take your pet home the same day. For some of the more advanced procedures, we do however recommend an overnight stay. We do not however, make it mandatory for any pet to stay overnight and there is no additional fee for your pet to stay with us overnight.