to Poquoson Veterinary Hospital's operating room. Our surgery area
is the most heavily equipped area in the hospital. There are patient
monitors, warming blankets, fluid pumps, anesthesia machines and
radio-surgery equipment not to mention the hundreds of surgical
instruments. We employ three licensed technicians to keep a close
watch on our surgical patients. A thoughtful design and a lot of
hard work have gone in to setting up our operating area so that your
pet will receive top-notch care.
A typical day in surgery:
Our surgery patients typically are admitted by 8:00 am. Consent
forms are completed and your pet is given a comfortable place to
stay in our treatment room. Our technicians and assistants will
get any pre-surgical lab work underway.
- Prior to anesthesia, the veterinarian will perform a
physical examination. This exam is done to be certain your pet
is healthy prior to having surgery. Following the exam we may
administer sedatives, pain relievers and other drugs that help
your pet remain calm and comfortable before and after
- A licensed technician prepares the surgery suite and the
patient for its procedure. Our licensed technicians use EKG's,
pulse oximeters, breathing monitors and other equipment to
assist their monitoring of the anesthesia. Anesthetic safety is
a priority for all patients.
- Our surgery table is padded and uses a warm water blanket to
keep our patients warm during their procedure.
- Surgery is performed in accord with the high standards
established by the American Animal Hospital Association. Our
veterinarians wear caps, masks, sterile gowns and sterile gloves
to keep your pet safe.
- Following surgery, patients are closely monitored to ensure
a smooth recovery. Pain evaluations and additional pain
medications may be given if necessary.
- At discharge time, the veterinarian will meet with our
patient's family to discuss the surgical procedure and review
instructions for care at home after surgery.
Pre-surgical Checklist (for healthy cats and dogs):
Ask us for an estimate for your pet's procedure if you have
not already received one. Our estimates give you an idea of what
procedures are to be done as well as their costs.
You will need to fill out an
form. We recommend bloodwork, an IV catheter and IV fluids for
all procedures to make anesthesia as safe as possible. Our
anesthesia form explains the importance of these items. If you
have questions about your choices ask us to assist you.
It is best to do any labwork a few days prior to the
DO NOT FEED your pet after 10:00 p.m. the night before
surgery. Do not withhold water.
Patients are admitted to the hospital either the night
before their procedure or between 7:00 a.m. and 8:00 a.m. the
day of surgery.
On the day of surgery, we will call you (usually after 2:00
p.m.) to update you on your pet's condition.
Please leave one or more telephone numbers where you can be
reached on the day of surgery. If there is a problem during or
after the surgery, you will be contacted immediately.
Most patients will be discharged after 4:30 pm on the day of
Why should I have my pet Spayed or Neutered?
or neutered pets live longer and healthier lives
- Behavioral problems such as aggression and inappropriate
urination are more likely in pets that have not been spayed or
- It is a responsible thing to do. Our shelters are filled
with unwanted cats and dogs who can not find good homes.
- The risk of serious cancer of the uterus, ovaries, testicles
and breast tissue is reduced or eliminated by spaying or
neutering your pet
- Rabbits, Rats and other Exotic pets also benefit greatly
from spaying or neutering