FAQ 2019-01-02T12:05:29-06:00

Frequently asked questions

  • Tibial plateau leveling osteotomy (TPLO) for cranial cruciate ligament rupture
  • Spinal decompression surgery for intervertebral disc rupture/herniation

We encourage owners not to read individuals’ internet postings or unvalidated websites. The American College of Veterinary Surgeons has created a website for owners with valid, reliable information.

Learn more at ACVS.org.

Board-certified surgeons have undergone additional specialty training beyond the normal four years of veterinary school. In addition, certification requires passing all parts of a multiple-day test.

Learn more about what it means to be a board-certified surgeon at ACVS.org.

See your family veterinarian for an initial evaluation. If your veterinarian determines that your pet is in need of our expertise, he/she will refer you to our practice.
After an examination and consultation with one of our surgeons, costs associated with any further diagnostics and surgeries will be discussed on a case-by-case basis, depending on the complexity of the case.
One of our assistants will ask for a brief summary of your pet’s medical history and also take your pet’s vital signs (temperature, pulse and respiration). Next, one of our surgeons will gather additional information in regards to your pet’s medical history and perform a comprehensive examination. Most often, further diagnostics will be indicated (bloodwork, X-rays, cytology, etc.). Sedation is sometimes required and diagnostics are usually performed while you wait. The surgeon will discuss the results and recommendations for further treatment (surgery, medications, etc.). If surgery is indicated it is usually performed that same afternoon. Your pet will stay in our hospital under observation of nurses and an on-site veterinarian. The length of hospital stay depends on the surgery performed and how well your pet recovers from that surgery.
  • Copies of recent X-rays, bloodwork and medical records.
  • All current medications, prescription and over the counter. (Make note of the scheduled times for the next doses.)
  • Any special medically-required diet.
Most pets should not have food or water after midnight the night before his/her appointment. Do not give pain medications unless absolutely necessary for 24-hours before your appointment. If your pet has special needs or is diabetic, contact our office for specialized instructions. If possible, your pet should be bathed and dried thoroughly the day before your appointment to prepare for surgery.