Animal and Pet Surgeries
From spay and neuter services to more complex veterinary surgical procedures, Rolling Pet Mobile Vet always operates with safety in mind.
In fact, we use many of the same safety measures as human hospitals. Performing most of the pre‐surgery blood work at our in-house lab, we are able to make sure your pet is healthy enough for the procedure.
Depending on the urgent nature of the surgery, pre‐surgical abnormalities will be addressed, drug selections may be modified and sometimes surgeries are postponed or even canceled until the surgical team feels the surgery is safe to perform.
Once anesthesia is deemed safe for the patient, we use specialized monitoring equipment to track vital signs and pay close attention to ensure the best possible outcome for your pet.
What happens before surgery?
A pre-anesthetic examination is always performed by your Pet’s doctor on the day of surgery. Pre-anesthetic blood work is performed the day of the procedure to ensure your Pet is a good candidate to go under anesthesia. An IV catheter is placed in either the front or hind limb so fluids and medications can be administered. Once the procedure begins, your Pet is maintained on anesthetic gas mixed with oxygen.
Will my Pet be in pain?
Because most anesthetic gases do not provide pain control, your Pet will receive pain medication before and after the procedure. We may also prescribe oral pain medication for you to give at home for the next few days to help keep your pet comfortable. Depending on what type of surgery your Pet has, he/she may be sore the first night home and possibly over the next few days. While some degree of discomfort is expected, if you are concerned about your Pet’s behavior, please contact us as soon as possible.
What can I expect when I bring my Pet home tonight,and what do I need to do for him?
Your Pet will need to have someone home with him/her tonight. Your Pet will have some redness of the skin where surgery was performed. We may have used visible external sutures or dissolvable internal sutures that you cannot see, depending on his/her surgical technique and personal preferences. It is normal for your Pet to be sleepy, less coordinated, and drool for 12-24 hours after surgery. Your Pet should be responsive and able to walk, but will most likely want to sleep when they get home.
Special diet instructions:
Wait at least 2 hours after getting home before feeding. Feed your Pet only 1/4 to 1/2 the normal amount of his/her food and water or offer ice cubes. This will help prevent your Pet from vomiting. Just like people, Pets may feel nauseous after surgery or anesthesia and vomit if given large amounts of water or food. Tomorrow you
may offer food and water as usual unless otherwise instructed by our vet
Watch your Pet for the following signs:
- Completely unresponsive/inability to stand
- Refusal to eat or drink for more than 12 hours
- Swelling or bleeding from the incision site
- Pale/white mucous membranes (view the gum tissue inside the mouth)
- Severe vomiting or diarrhea