Dropping your pet off at a veterinary clinic for an elective, or non-elective surgical procedure can be a stressful time for you and your pet. The doctors and staff fully understand this, and have put forth protocols to make sure the experience is a happy and peaceful one. Our veteran staff does an excellent job treating your pets as if they were our own.

The night before any anesthetic procedure, we usually require that no food or medications be given after 9 pm. This includes treats, dental chews, and dietary supplements. You can leave the water out until you first wake up in the morning. These requirements may be modified by your doctor, so be sure to talk to your doctor prior to the appointment. The receptionist will tell you when you will need to drop your pet off.

Before your pet is brought into the surgery suite, a full pre-surgical evaluation is made in order to put together an anesthetic plan. The plan includes what type of medications, I.V. fluids, and anesthetic protocol is necessary to provide for the safest surgical procedure possible.

During surgery, each patient is closely monitored with state of the art equipment, which allows the staff to keep track of vital signs such as heart rate/rhythm, blood-oxygen level, and blood pressure. Our patients are kept under the watchful eye of both the surgeon and one of our highly skilled veterinary assistants.

After the procedure, a post-surgery plan is put in place. A pain management protocol is tailor-made for each patient, in order to ensure a pain-free recovery. This is based on the type of procedure, age/health of the patient, and level of pain.

As soon as the patient is ready to go home, a time is set for you to pick them up. Take-home instructions are discussed with you regarding what was done, home care instructions, and directions for any medications. Any questions can be answered at that time. For many procedures, the receptionist will set you up with a recheck appointment. This is so the doctor can reevaluate your pet’s condition and ensure there was a full recovery.

By putting all these steps in place, we believe we will provide for the happiest and most peaceful experience for you and your pet.

When your pet needs surgery, you need to find a practice that can administer both gentle and effective treatment to your beloved companion. From routine procedures, such as spaying or neutering, to more advanced operations, your pet may need to undergo surgery for any number of reasons. Our staff at Northern Veterinary Associates is trained to give your pet the care and compassion they need to not only successfully make it through the operation but to lead a healthier and happier life when they return from our facilities.

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The modern amenities and pristine conditions of our surgical rooms enable our staff to function at peak capacity. We do everything in our power to streamline your experience so that all lab work and pre-surgical exams are completed in a timely manner. Our resources not only help our staff feel supported, they can also help your pet feel more comfortable in an unfamiliar place. We recommend a follow-up with each of our clients so we can catch small problems before they turn into larger ones.

You can expect our staff's complete attention when your pet is in the surgical room. Veterinary surgery often requires multiple professionals working together, which is why we make sure your pet's temperature, IV fluids, and anesthesia are constantly monitored and adjusted by a trained technician. Our team works together to communicate any potential anomalies that may compromise the efficacy of the surgery. We've found this strategy to be the best possible way to ensure favorable outcomes.

Before the surgery, we use the conclusions from the pre-surgery exam and the accompanying lab work to determine which methods to use during the operation. After the surgery, we design pain management strategies specific to your pet's size, breed, and condition. It is Northern Veterinary Associates'  goal to give you all the advice you need to properly care for your pet from the moment they come home from the surgery. Taking an all-around approach to surgical care is the best path to achieving better pet health, and we want our clients to feel as empowered as we do to help.

Visiting our facilities is the first step to learning more about how we manage to stand out. We can answer any questions you may have about the procedure, so you can feel comfortable about how your pet is being treated. From the type of anesthesia used to the length of post-care recovery, Northern Veterinary Associates gives you all the information you need to know so there are no surprises down the line.

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