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.
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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