Surgery appointment FAQ

surgery

During your first (initial) consultation:

Bring your pet

Please bring your pet with you so that the surgeon can fully assess your pet’s condition.

Fasting

It is important that your pet arrive fasted (with no food and minimal water in the stomach) so that he or she may be sedated should x-rays or surgery be required the day of the appointment. Your pet should not eat and should have only small amounts of water after 10pm the night before your consultation.

If your pet is diabetic or less than 4 months old please call the hospital for specific instructions.

Medications

Please bring to your appointment any medication(s) that your pet is currently taking. When making your pet’s appointment, check whether or not to give any medication that is due the morning of the appointment.

Special diet

Meals are included in your pet’s hospitalization. However, if your pet requires a special diet, please bring enough for two meals. Due to safety concerns, hospital policy requires that you do not bring any raw food.

Radiographs (x-rays)

If your pet has had radiographs (x-rays) for this condition at your family veterinary clinic, make sure that you bring a copy or the original x-rays with you for the surgeon to assess. We have the ability to view either manual (film) or digital x-rays. Your family veterinarian will provide us with current medical information and tests that may be pertinent to your pet’s case at the time of referral.

Expected appointment time

Your initial appointment will last 1 hour, but please prepare to spend 1-3 hours at the hospital, as additional tests may be required. We respect your time and will do our best to complete the consultation in a timely manner. If you do have time restrictions, please make us aware so that we can accommodate your schedule. We are often able to perform procedures such as biopsies, x-rays and surgeries the same day as your appointment, in which case you may be leaving your pet with us for a day procedure or overnight for a surgery.

How the initial appointment works

When you arrive for your appointment, please check in with Reception. The receptionist will then advise the surgery service that you have arrived. To start the appointment, an assistant or technician will bring you into an exam room with your pet, complete a history form, and perform a check of all your pet’s vital signs (such as heart rate, temperature, etc.). The surgeon will review the information, discuss your pet’s condition with you, and examine your pet. Once this is complete, the surgeon will go over the diagnosis, any further testing that may be required to reach a diagnosis, and treatment options. Each option will be thoroughly explained so that you can make an informed choice for your pet.

Treatment plan estimate and deposit

A treatment plan will be prepared for you based on your pet’s specific needs. The treatment estimate will be explained and authorized by you prior to surgery and/or hospitalization. A deposit of 50% of your estimate is due at the time of surgery; the rest of the invoice must be paid at the time of discharge.

Overnight or home the same day

Most patients that require surgery stay overnight and can go home once they are ready the next day. Some surgeries may require a few days of post-operative hospitalization. The surgeon will advise you prior to surgery how long to expect your pet to be hospitalized. While hospitalized your pet will receive 24-hour care from the Boundary Bay Veterinary Specialty Hospital and Animal Emergency Clinic of the Fraser Valley veterinarians. You are welcome to arrange a time to visit your pet should he or she require hospitalization. You will be able to relax, read a book and visit in our comfortable quiet room. In the interest of privacy, we do ask that you arrange a visit time in advance.

Primary care veterinarian updates

So that your family veterinarian will be kept up to date regarding your pet’s condition and care, we will provide your vet with copies of all medical charts, tests performed, and a summary of your pet’s visit.

During your Suture/Staple removal appointment:

Suture removal schedule

After surgery, most patients require suture/staple removal 10-14 days after surgery. The timing will be indicated at the time of surgery discharge. If possible, please make this appointment with Boundary Bay Veterinary Specialty Hospital, because the surgeon would like to see your pet at this time to check on your pet’s progress and view the incision. Many procedures will receive additional follow-up instructions at this recheck. If you are unable to see us within the specified time frame for suture removal, please arrange to have the sutures/staples removed by your family veterinarian. If you choose to do this, please call us with an update and to determine if you should schedule an additional appointment for the surgeon’s evaluation and further instructions.

Expected appointment time

Your pet’s suture appointment will take approximately 30 minutes, as the surgeon will need to briefly examine your pet’s progress.

Cost of rechecks

There is no charge for your pet’s suture/staple removal visit.

During your recheck examination:

Recheck schedule

After your pet’s first consultation or surgery, follow-up appointments may be required. When your pet is discharged, we will provide you with a schedule of when to return for recheck appointments. Please ask which, if any, follow-up appointments you may be able to schedule for your pet at your family vet.

Fasting

It is important that your pet arrive fasted (with no food and minimal water in the stomach) so that he or she may be sedated should x-rays or surgery be required the day of the appointment. Your pet should not eat and should have only small amounts of water after 10pm the night before your consultation.

If your pet is diabetic or less than 4 months old please call the hospital for specific instructions.

Expected appointment time

Your recheck appointment will last 45 minutes, but please prepare to spend at least 1 hour at the hospital. We respect your time and will do our best to complete the consultation in a timely manner. If you do have time restrictions, please make us aware so that we can accommodate your schedule.

How the recheck appointment works

When you arrive for your appointment, please check in with Reception. To start the appointment, an assistant or technician will bring you into an exam room with your pet, complete a history form, and perform a check of all your pet’s vital signs (such as heart rate, temperature, etc.). The surgeon will review the information, examine your pet, and discuss your pet’s progress with you.

Cost of rechecks

The cost of rechecks varies depending on your pet’s condition, the type of previous surgery, the time since the last appointment, and what procedures and additional assessments are required. There is typically a charge for procedures requiring follow-up radiographs. Payment is due at the time of service.

Tags: