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From Spay & Neuter to Emergency Care

The Best Surgical Care

Our staff at Heritage Veterinary Clinic understands how that bringing your pet for surgery can be stressful.That’s why we strive to make each and every procedure as stress-free as possible for you and your furry family member. Our skilled staff is trained to provide your pet the best surgical care – whether it is a common spay or neuter, dental, or emergency surgery. We ensure that your pet is kept as safe and as comfortable as possible during their time with us.

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24 Hour Emergency Hotline

24 Hour Nursing Staff

At Heritage Veterinary Clinic, we offer an emergency hotline 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  Our overnight answering staff will provide guidance and emergency information after hours so you are never alone in an emergency. If your pet has an emergency we will direct you on how and where to get emergency attention.

Surgical Procedures at Heritage Veterinary Clinic

Our surgical room and highly trained veterinarians gives us the versatility to perform many different types of surgeries at our clinic, from routine spays and neuters to more complex procedures and even emergency surgery. Our staff will always be available to answer your questions and address your concerns. We will do our best to make you feel confident that when your cat or dog comes to us for their surgery, they will be in caring, capable hands and we’ll do whatever it takes to help your pet recover as quickly and comfortably as possible.

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Preparing For Your Pet's Surgery

Any time your pet is scheduled for anesthesia, fasting will be required. When your pet is under the effects of anesthesia, their swallowing reflex is decreased. Sometimes, a pet may vomit from the drugs, placing them at risk of aspirating on or inhaling the vomit into the lungs, which can be deadly. By fasting your pet, you decrease the chance your pet may vomit during anesthesia.

Be sure to follow our fasting instructions before your pet’s surgery – don’t give in to your pet’s plea’s – it is for their own safety. Depending on your pet’s situation, may allow your pet to have water overnight and before you leave home to prevent dehydration.

Before your pets surgery or procedure, we will inform you if your pet requires medication in the morning. In some cases, this is necessary – please ask any questions you may have about administering drugs to your pet.

We may also request that you bring your pet’s food and medication with you on their surgery date. Depending on the type of surgery your pet is scheduled for, they will have the option to eat and we prefer to feed them the food they are used to.

For your pets comfort, we suggest bringing something that smells like home to leave with your pet – like a blanket or a shirt you slept in overnight.

All surgeries at Heritage Veterinary Clinic are morning drop offs. Depending on your cat or dogs needs, there are a variety of things our veterinarians will need to do such as:

  • Run blood work
  • Place an IV Catheter
  • Administer IV fluids
  • Start specific medications
  • Take X-rays
  • Calculate anesthesia drug doses

In order to keep your pet safe, comfortable, and on their way to a speedy recovery, we take the time we need to be 100% prepared for any situation. Our top priority is ensuring your pet’s safety while under anesthesia and during surgery.

When you and your pet arrive for their surgical procedure, you will need to sign an estimate and a consent form to make sure everybody is on the same page.  It is important to us that you have asked any questions you may have and that we have addressed any concerns you still have. If there is ever anything that is unclear, never hesitate to ask.

We require that you leave a phone number in which you can be reached in case of a change in plans, procedure, or an emergency.

When your pet is ready to be picked up, we will explain how your pet’s surgery went, any unexpected changes, supply you with medication if necessary, provide you with detailed take home instructions, and answer any questions or concerns you may have.

In some cases, unexpected situations can arise, so it is important that you follow our take home care instructions for your pet and call with your questions or concerns.

Depending on the severity of your pet’s surgical procedure, there may be several things you must do to help your pet recover. Start by ensuring that you are following our take home instructions and providing your pet with medication if necessary.

Pets that are recovering from surgery will often require confinement, special incision care, bandage or splint care, special diets, and medication. We will cover any of these requirements with you at your pet’s pick up. If you are struggling with any of your pet’s recovery needs, call us to discuss what we can do to help.

The greatest thing you can do to help your cat or dog recover from surgery is to give them plenty of love and attention – so pamper away – just make sure not to break any rules of recovery.