SurgeryWe know that leaving your pet to undergo a surgical procedure can be very stressful for all involved.  Rest easy knowing that your pet’s surgical procedure is being performed in one of the cleanest, most professionally run practices in the Capital District.

Our caring staff will be beside your pet every step of the way.   We use only the safest drugs at the lowest doses to minimize any potential complications.  Your pet’s anesthesia will be monitored with state of the art respiratory monitors, electrocardiogram and pulse oximeters.  All pets are given pain relievers and sedatives to minimize the pain and stress of surgery both before and after the procedure. We use heated surgery tables and warm blankets for recovery to ensure comfort.  For older, or high-risk pets, an intravenous catheter and fluids will be recommended.  Rest assured that the staff here will do everything possible to ensure your pet’s safety and comfort.

  • Pre-surgical exam:


Before your pet undergoes surgery, we request that you make an appointment for a pre-surgical exam.  During this exam, we will examine your pet for any potential health problems that may complicate the surgical procedure.  At this time, we will draw any samples necessary for pre-anesthetic testing.  This may include a heartworm/lyme test, blood chemistry, feline leukemia/ FIV test and fecal testing.  We will also update any overdue vaccinations. Any health issues your pet may be facing can be treated so that he/she is in the best possible health to undergo the procedure.

This appointment is the perfect time to ask any questions or voice any concerns you have regarding the procedure.  Our goal is to ease your mind as much as possible and to minimize the possibility of any surgical complications.  We will review an estimate for your pet’s procedure with you.  When you are ready, we will do our best to schedule the procedure at your convenience.

  • Pre-Anesthetic Bloodwork:

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Although your pet may appear perfectly healthy, there is always a possibility that he/she may have an underlying health problem.  Most pets with abnormalities in organ function will not show any obvious signs until they have lost most of their organ function.  For example, a dog or cat can appear perfectly healthy until 75% of their kidneys have been destroyed.  Because the kidneys, liver and red blood cells are responsible for helping your pet recover from the anesthesia and surgery, it is important to know that all is working properly before undergoing an operation.  We can do this by drawing a blood sample and testing your pet for proper organ function either at the pre-surgical exam or on the morning of surgery.  We do not require this for most pets but it is obviously highly recommended.

  • Heartworm/Lyme test:

All dogs over 1 year of age must have a current heartworm/Lyme test before surgery.  Heartworm disease is one of the leading causes of anesthetic deaths in dogs.  Lyme disease can compromise kidney function, which is necessary to metabolize anesthetic drugs.

  • Feline Leukemia/FIV test:

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All cats should have a negative Feline Leukemia and FIV test prior to surgery.  These diseases can severely interfere with tissue healing post surgery and can result in premature death.

  • Vaccinations:

Although every effort is made to isolate your pet from other patients, all pets must be up to date on vaccinations for their own safety and health.  For dogs this includes current Distemper and Rabies vaccination and a Bordatella vaccination within the past 6 months.  For cats, this includes a current Distemper and Rabies vaccination.

  • Flea Prevention: 

We are proud to say that we are a “flea free facility”.  In an effort to keep this status we require all animals that stay in our facility to be current on a veterinary approved flea prevention.  If you have any questions regarding this policy, please discuss it with one of our staff members prior to your pets scheduled stay.

  • Preparation:

RecoveryThe night before surgery, pull up all dog and cat food after 10 pm.  Your pet may have water overnight.  Please drop off your pet for surgery between 7:30 and 8:30am.  You will be asked to sign pre-surgical and pre-anesthetic consent forms.  This process should not take more than 10 minutes.

As you can see, the staff at the East Greenbush Animal Hospital will make every effort to ensure that your pet’s experience is as safe and comfortable as possible.  From the pre-surgical exam, to the post-operative recheck we will be there every step of the way. We always welcome any questions or concerns that you may have regarding the health and safety of your pet.