Georgetown Veterinary Hospital’s surgery suite and large treatment and recovery area enables our doctors to provide the utmost in quality and care for a variety of routine and elective procedures. Each patient is closely monitored during and after surgery, and when necessary, is placed in an intensive care area.
Our surgical services include:
• Dermatological (skin and ears)
• Ophthalmic (eye and eyelids)
• Gastrointestinal – stomach, intestines, liver and spleen
• Oral and Dental
• Argental (kidney, bladder, urethra)
Our Doctors use the latest, state-of-the-art equipment, modern anesthesia and patient monitoring systems. We provide a full suite of surgical services for your pet. We know that there can be uneasy feelings about your pet going under anesthesia, but we take pride in the care that we provide, and we tailor the latest in anesthetic monitoring, surgical techniques and pain management to each patient. Our same-day, real-time blood work results decrease the risk of serious complications during anesthesia and recovery. We strive to keep you and your pet comfortable and will address any specific concerns you may have.
Neuter or spay – We recommend this for puppies and kittens between 4 and 6 months of age.
What to do to prepare for surgery?
Pets, like us, need preparation prior to surgery. Drop-off time the day of surgery is between 7:30 and 8:30 am. Please do not give your pet any food after 8 pm or any water after midnight the night before surgery. If your pet is taking any daily medications, please call for instructions. Make sure you leave a phone number where you can be reached while your pet is with us. When your pet is in the hospital, we know you are concerned, so call us anytime, and we will be glad to give you a medical update on your pet’s recovery. If your pet has an unexpected critical change, the veterinarian will contact you immediately. Most pets go home the same day, but some surgeries will require an over night stay. When your pet is ready to go home, pick up is between 4 and 6 pm.
For the protection of your pet and other pets in the clinic, we require all pets scheduled for surgery and hospitalized pets have current vaccinations. Dogs and cats need current Distemper and Rabies vaccines and dogs also need a current heartworm test. Pets who are not current with requirements will be given the vaccines or test when admitted. This policy is always enforced.
Pre-surgical blood work is performed before all surgeries. Our routine pre-surgical blood work includes testing for anemia, protein levels, kidney and liver disease. For our Senior pets we recommend additional testing and IV fluids. Any issues detected from the blood work will be addressed before the procedures, and other tests may be recommended prior to surgery.
Pain control, in addition to anesthesia, is provided during and after for every patient.
*All animals undergoing general anesthesia or sedation must be fasted before their scheduled procedure. No food should be provided after 8pm and water should be withheld after midnight on the evening before the procedure.
**All animals scheduled for surgery should arrive at GVH between 7:30-8:30am that day unless other arrangements are made in advance.