Surgery Authorization Form

Pre Surgical Information


Your pet has been scheduled for surgery. In order to make the anesthetic and surgery as safe as possible, please follow these instructions:

  • Take up your pet’s food at 7 PM the night before surgery.
  • Allow your pet to have water all night and pick it up at 7 AM on the day of surgery.
  • Do not feed your pet breakfast on the day of surgery.
  • Do not feed your pet breakfast on the day of surgery.
  • Please be sure to bring any proof of vaccinations within the past year, if we have not administered the vaccines here.
  • If your pet is taking chronic medications, please consult with our veterinarians before surgery for instructions as to which medications should or should not be given prior to surgery.
  • If you have an Elizabethan collar for your pet, you may bring it with you at the time of drop off so that we will not have to dispense one for your pet to protect the wound.

Anesthesia:

  • We take pains to make certain that every pet is fit for anesthesia prior to surgery. Each pet is examined prior to surgery and in most instances, bloodwork will be performed to make certain there are no organ system problems which might make anesthesia more risky.
  • Your pet will be sedated mildly upon arrival to reduce their stress levels.
  • Pain relief medication will be administered prior to surgery to minimize any post-operative pain.
  • If indicated, an IV catheter will be placed to ensure access to the circulatory system before and during surgery.
  • We anesthetize most pets with a fast-acting induction agent; propofol, to allow us to place a breathing tube in the trachea. Once it is placed, we continue the anesthetic with isoflurane or sevoflurane gas, (the same anesthetics that you or I would receive) which gives us the greatest control and safety margin of any agents.
  • Once safely under anesthesia, we monitor your pets with sophisticated electronic machines along with hands-on observation by our technicians to ensure their safety.

After Surgery:

  • Once your pet is awake from anesthesia, our staff continuously monitor them until they can walk on their own and their body temperature returns to normal.
  • We evaluate their post-op pain scores and administer additional pain medication if needed to make them comfortable.
  • If applicable, an Elizabethan collar is placed around the neck to protect the wound from the pet’s chewing.
  • Your pet is returned to his/her cage with comfortable bedding until it is time for discharge.
  • If your pet’s surgery is complicated or there are other medical issues to be managed, he/she may stay in the hospital until they are resolved.

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