Friendship Springs Veterinary Care serving Flowery Branch, Braselton, and Buford since 2006.
Your best friend's veterinarian and animal hospital.
In The Hospital
What Happens After You Leave Your Pet
We typically do preoperative evaluations between 8:00 and 11:00 am. During this time your pet will receive a physical examination to evaluate for any issues that might suggest that anesthesia or surgery could become complicated. We also use this time to perform preoperative laboratory evaluation. For your pet's safety: although you have the choice to have the lab work done or not, we very strongly recommend that you choose to have it done. Click here for more information about why you should have this done. The physical examination and labwork will help us make important decisions about anesthesia and surgery for your pet. Once the preoperative examination and laboratory evaluation have been completed, then the anesthesia plan is finalized and medications are prepared.
We begin preparing the first patient for surgery around 10:30 to 11:30 am. We start by giving preanesthetic medications, analgesics and sedatives. Then, we place an intravenous (IV) catheter in a vein in your pet?s leg. This catheter gives us a direct route of access to your pet?s cardiovascular system for delivery of other anesthetic agents, fluids to help maintain blood pressure and hydration, and supportive medications in case an unexpected emergency develops. Once the catheter is in place, IV anesthesia is started, and initial surgical preparation will be started.
After initial preparation, your pet will be moved to the surgery area where fluid therapy, electronic monitoring, warming measures, gas anesthesia, preparation of the surgical site and surgery will be started. During this time one of the nurses will stay with your pet until he or she is well recovered. This nurse is responsible for, and only for, maintaining and monitoring your pet's vitals and depth of anesthesia. She will not leave the pet's side for anything unrelated to anesthesia. This is one of the most important safety measures a hospital can provide for its patients, but unfortunately it is one of the most lacking. Study after study show that the biggest reason for "anesthetic accidents" in both human and veterinary medicine is that no one was watching the patient when it mattered most.
At the end of surgery the anesthetic gas is discontinued. Monitoring, fluids and warming measures are continued until your pet recovers adequately. Once your pet is able to walk and stand, you will be called with an update and we will begin making arrangements to send him home when he is more fully recovered. If you have not heard from us in what you may consider timely fashion, please understand that not every patient can be first. If you have not heard from us, more than likely, it means that we have not finished your pet's procedure. Rest assured, we will call you if there are any problems or as soon as your pet's procedure is finished and he is well into recovery.
Most neuter and spay patients go home the same day; declaw kitties stay two nights and go home on the third day. Dismissal time is usually arranged to be some time between 5 pm and 6 pm. If you need or would like to have your pet boarded overnight, we can do this for you in accordance with our current boarding rates. Post operative pain medications and home care instructions will be provided when you pick up your pet.