Checklist for Surgery
- No food after midnight (Small amount of water is OK).
- Patient drop-off will be scheduled between 7:00-8:00am.
- Bring all your medications-in their original-labeled bottle, special diet (no raw food), and/or e-collar(plastic cone) with you. We will refill what is needed, if you do not bring an e-collar with you, we will make sure your pet goes home with one (cost $10-30 depending on size and material).
- If your pet needs to take medications the morning of surgery, please call Sirius Vet, at least 1 day in advance, to make sure the medication will not counteract with any treatments planned for your pet.
- The low end of the estimate will be collected as a deposit the morning of surgery.
- We will schedule a pick-up appointment with you.
- You will be asked to mark your pet’s limb that is to be operated on, with a marker we will provide to you.
- We perform surgeries from 9am – 5pm; you will be contacted as soon as we are finished.
- Patient will be hospitalized overnight for post-operative care and, time allowing, our nurse will send you a text update between 8pm-10pm.
Day following surgery
- Discharge will typically take 20-30 minutes.
- Discharge will consist of final payment, scheduling recheck appointments, and going over discharge instructions.
- We will discuss medications, give you some exercises to do at home, review and answer any additional questions.
- It is not uncommon for your pet to be a little sleepy or wobbly when they go home.
- There may be a bandage over the IV catheter site. This can be removed when you get home.
Evening following surgery
- Medications can begin the first evening.
- Pick a time that works for you (6p-6a, 7p-7a, etc.).
- Start by feeding 1/4 to 1/2 of a normal meal. Many patients do not have a big appetite following surgery. Allow them a few days to regain their normal appetite.
- Feel free to call the clinic with any questions. Voicemails are automatically emailed to us so we can get your message outside of the clinic. We will try to contact you within two hours. If you have an emergency please do not wait for a call back and head to the closest emergency veterinary clinic.