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If you bring your pet to our hospital, we would like to meet you and your pet and answer your questions. We offer first and second opinions, along with a wide range of alternative and complementary therapies to reduce risks and increase the benefits of our health care.

20 Questions That Should Be Answered Before Your Pet Has Surgery

  • Is the surgery necessary? Do the benefits outweigh the risks? Do I need a second opinion?
  • Has my pet had the necessary vaccinations and parasite control, and is its immune level high enough to protect it during the stress of surgery?
  • When is the optimal time for this pet to receive this surgical procedure?
  • Are there any other procedures I should consider having done while my pet is anesthetized (teeth cleaning, tumor removal, de-claw)?
  • What different methods exist for performing this surgery?
  • What skill level should a surgeon have to competently perform this surgery?
  • Who will perform the surgery, and who will administer the anesthetic?
  • Will a pre-surgical physical be performed prior to surgery?
  • What blood tests, X-rays, etc. should be done prior to surgery?
  • Should I withhold food and water from my pet before his/her surgery?
  • What types of anesthetics are available, and what are the risks of the various anesthetic agents and other medications that will be used?
  • Is the surgery done in a room used exclusively for surgical procedures, with no unnecessary traffic going through the room?
  • May I see the room where my pet’s surgery will be performed?
  • Will gloves, caps, gowns and masks be used during my pet’s surgery? Are sterile instruments and surgery drapes used?
  • How is my pet monitored during surgery? Are EKG, blood pressure, temperature, respiration and blood oxygen level monitored?
  • What type of post-operative care and medications (antibiotics, post-operative pain medication) will my pet receive?
  • Will my pet be kept overnight for observation and reduced activity after surgery?
  • What nursing care will I need to provide for my pet after s/he is released from the hospital? What if I need help after regular office hours?
  • What costs should I expect to incur? What methods of payment are accepted?

Another question you might want to ask: “Is the hospital certified by the American Animal Hospital Association?” The Animal Medical & Emergency Hospital received a national award as a “Hospital of Excellence” because of its long history of meeting the highest certification requirements of the only national body that certifies veterinary hospitals. Our certification is your assurance that our hospital has the latest in equipment and technology and continues to improve the quality of medicine and surgery available to our patients.