SURGERY

Here at Cadence Animal Hospital, we take immense pride in our highly skilled ability to perform veterinary surgeries when your pet needs it most. Our experienced team of doctors and staff make it their number one priority to focus on pain management, patient safety, and employing the most current surgical practices to ensure your pet receives the best veterinary care around.

We ask that all patients check-in between 7:00 am-9:00 am on the morning of the scheduled surgery, and please allow for at least 15 minutes to meet with a veterinarian. The owner, or authorized agent, dropping off an animal for surgery must be at least 18 years old. It is important that no food or water be given after midnight the night before. Vaccines are required to be current for all patients having surgery.

We also advise pre-operative lab work to test kidney and liver functions (the main organs that metabolize anesthesia), complete blood counts, and blood glucose levels. Our patients are closely monitored throughout surgery using EKG/pulse oximeters. Fluids and pain medications are administered through an IV catheter. Pain management will be used for all procedures that cause some degree of pain or discomfort.

Your doctor and hospital staff will be working with you before, during and after surgery to address any questions or concerns you may have about the procedure, anesthesia, or postoperative care. We will make sure you are equipped with all the knowledge you need in order to make sure your pet makes a full recovery.

For more information please call us at (702) 485-5200.

Frequently Asked Questions about Your Pet’s Surgery Visit

How should I prepare my pet for surgery?
Restrict food after 10:00 pm the night before the surgery. Fresh clean water should be available at all times.

What happens when I bring my pet to the hospital?
Surgery patients should arrive for hospital admission between 7:00 am to 9:00 am on the morning of surgery. Please allow yourself at least 15 minutes for surgical check-in. The doctor will perform a pre-surgical exam and answer any questions you might have at this time.

What happens after I leave my pet in the hospital?
After admission to the hospital, pre-surgical blood work will be performed for patients undergoing surgery or anesthesia. An intravenous catheter will be placed as a safety measure for all general anesthesia patients. Prior to the anesthetic procedure, sedatives and other medications will be administered to prepare your pet for surgery.

Why is blood work done before having surgery or anesthesia?
Blood work is an important step for any pet undergoing anesthesia but is especially critical for patients over 5 years of age. Animals are very capable of hiding illness and can suffer from disease without showing any outward signs. A blood panel helps minimize the risk of anesthesia by checking for pre-existing liver disease, kidney disease, electrolyte disturbances, anemia, infection, and other conditions. Pre- operative blood work can also aid the doctor in selecting what drugs are best suited for your pet, and also which medications should be avoided.

What should I expect when picking my pet up from the hospital?
When arriving at the hospital you will meet with the Doctor who will explain your pet’s medications, discharge instructions, and answer any questions you may have.

How should I care for my pet after anesthesia?
Pets discharged the night of surgery are expected to be a little groggy. Keep your pet in a quiet, warm, indoor environment away from other animals. Do not allow the pet to lick at the incision. Use Elizabethan collar to prevent injury to incision areas. Monitor incisions for redness, swelling, or discharge. Return for suture removal in 10 -14 days or at any time if concerns arise