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New Rabies Vaccine Requirement for Hospitalized Patients
Hill Country Animal Hospital will now be requiring that all healthy pets that are coming in for elective surgeries/procedures be current on their rabies vaccine. We are requiring this vaccine out of a need to protect our patients and our staff.
Rabies is still a threat in our area and in spite of the fact that the vaccine exists there are still animals that go unprotected. A primary example is a dog that tested positive in Kendall County in the beginning of February 2018. This dog was an owned pet who bit 2 people before it was discovered that it had rabies.
We encourage everyone to have their pets vaccinated against rabies. While rabies is not a common human virus in the United States it is still a potentially deadly threat and in most municipalities the law states that dogs, cats and ferrets should be vaccinated against rabies. If your pet needs to have his or her rabies vaccine updated, simply give us a call at 210-695-4455 or schedule through our app. As always, your pet’s health is our primary concern so please discuss any concerns or questions with your doctor.
We want to say thank you to all of our clients for your continued loyalty and support.
Part of our thanks means us providing tools to make things more convenient for our clients and that is why we are rolling out a new feature called the HCAH App. If you downloaded our old app, rest assured that this one is very useful and interactive! You will now be able to earn a future discount with the purchases you are making with us.
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An Alternative to the Cone of Shame
If you have been looking for an alternative to elizabethan collars, your search is over! The Palms Pet Resort & Spa now carries Cover Me pet onesies by Tui. These onesies are 100% hypoallergenic cotton with convenient potty flap.
The Cover Me can be used to protect surgical sites, hot spots, and allergy areas so that they can heal. The best part about this is that you do not have to order online and hope that it fits or hope that it gets here in time for your pet's surgery. You can simply go the Palms and see the sizes and walk out with your Cover Me.
If you have any questions don't hesitate to contact us or the Palms Pet Resort & Spa. You can see the Cover Me in action (https://youtu.be/15h3-YjYk4k) in this You Tube video.
Preparing for Surgery
Your intake appointment will last approximately 15 minutes. You may complete your surgical pet history form online and hit the submit button to send it directly to us. Follow this link to complete your form online Surgical Pet History Form If you are unable to bring your pet in yourself, please make sure that the person who will be bringing your pet in has general knowledge of your pet and is authorized to give written consent to surgical consent forms and estimates. We are happy to make other arrangements for you if necessary.
We will schedule your appointment for discharge when you drop off. Please allow about 15 minutes for this appointment. You will receive discharge instructions and can have any questions concerning recovery answered at this time. Please note that the discharge appointments are between 5 pm and 7 pm in order to provide our staff enough time to recover all surgery patients for the day, prior to beginning our discharge appointments. Discharge appointments for declaw surgeries will be scheduled for the day following the surgery.
Feeding and medication instructions for surgery are as follows:
• No food after 10 pm the night before surgery.
• Please allow your pet to have access to water throughout the night until you bring him or her in to be dropped off.
• If your pet is on medication we want you to give it as scheduled. Please let the nurse know what medications you have given that morning. If you have questions about your pet's medication let us know beforehand and we can speak with your doctor and verify instructions for you.
• Owners of diabetic pets, please call for feeding and insulin instructions. Instructions may be patient specific so we need to verify with the doctor if you have not already discussed this. Do not withhold food and give insulin!
We will call you 2 days prior to surgery to confirm your appointment. If you have any questions at any time, please feel free to call us at 210-695-4455. You can also email your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org
Please keep in mind that the order of procedures is determined by the doctor on the day of surgery once all patients have been checked in. We will make every effort to contact you regarding your pet's status by 2:30 p.m.. If you have not heard from us by then, please feel free to call and you will be directly connected to your pet's nurse. Please reference your pet's name when calling.
Since some decisions are time sensitive, it is extremely important that you provide a telephone number where you can be reached while your pet is here with us. We want to assure you that your pet's health and well-being are our top priority and we take the trust you place in us very seriously. Thank you for choosing Hill Country Animal Hospital and we look forward to working with you to ensure that your pet lives a long and healthy life.
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