Admission times for surgeries and dental cleanings are between 7:30am and 9:00am Monday through Friday.
If you are unable to bring your pet for a scheduled surgery or dental, please let us know. This allows us to reschedule your pet's appointment and make room for another pet if needed.
There is a $20.00 cancellation fee for missed surgery and dental cleaning appointments.
Preparing your pet for surgery:
- Remember not to give any food or water after midnight the night before surgery. Your pet's swallowing reflex diminishes during and after anesthesia, so we want to minimize the risk of vomiting. Vomit that ends up in the lungs can cause complications and fasting your pet greatly reduces the risks.
- Bring your pet to the hospital for surgery between 7:30 a.m. and 9:00a.m. We'll confirm your pet's discharge time when you check-in. We usually discharge outpatient surgeries after 4 p.m. the same day.
- As a part of our goal to provide you and your pet with the best possible veterinary care, we strongly recommend a pre-anesthesia blood profile before placing your pet under anesthesia. This profile alerts the doctor to the presence of dehydration, diabetes and/or kidney or liver disease. Our in-house laboratory is able to provide the doctor quick and accurate results the same day.
- We highly recommend any pet not currently on heartworm prevention be tested prior to under going anesthesia. There is an increased risk for possible life threatening complications during anesthesia if your pet is heartworm positive.
- We care about your pet's comfort and strongly believe pain relief is important. After a surgical procedure pain medication is given to your pet, but if you feel your pet needs additional pain relief after surgery and during their recovery time at home, we will gladly send pain medications home at discharge.
A pre-surgical physical examination will be performed before anesthesia is administered. Some pets have pre-existing internal problems that may result in surgical complications, yet are not evident on physical examination. These problems include anemia, lack of clotting, and problems with the liver, kidney heart or other organs.
We recommend the following health and safety screening tests prior to surgery to decrease the chance of complications. These tests are the same as those performed on people before any surgical procedure.
Pre-anesthetic blood & safety profile (includes complete blood count and checks liver and kidney function)
Pre-surgical coagulation test (helps to identify conditions that may result in excessive bleeding, this test is mandatory for Dobermans)
Heartworm Testing (dogs) (we highly recommend any pet not currently on heartworm preventative be tested prior to surgery. There is an increased risk for possible life threatening complications during surgery if your pet is heartworm positive.)
Feline leukemia / feline aids test (cats) (we highly recommend any cat undergoing anesthesia be tested prior to anesthesia. There is an increased risk for possible life threatening complications during surgery if your cat is positive)
IV catheter placement (This will help maintain blood pressure and will ensure immediate IV access in the case of emergency. It may be necessary to shave a small area on your pet's front leg)
Post operative pain medication is recommended for both cats and dogs.
If fleas are seen on your pet, it will be given a Capstar tablet to kill the fleas.
1163 Burnt Hickory Rd
Cartersville GA 30120
Telephone: (770) 386-5066 Fax: (770) 386-5056