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FAQ

For small animal appointments call (979) 845-2351 Monday - Friday 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Emergencies accepted 24 hours a day
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How do I schedule an appointment?

The Soft Tissue Surgery service is a referral-only service. Once your primary veterinarian refers you to us, we will call you to schedule an appointment. Owners may also call to schedule an appoitnment once they know their primary veterinarian has sent their referral. This policy ensures that the patient is referred to the most appropriate service within the hospital.

Appointments are available on a first-come, first-served basis on Mondays and Wednesdays. Appointment times are generally between 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. We do recommend calling as soon as you can as appointments tend to fill up 1-2 weeks in advance.


What should I expect the day of the appointment?

Please bring any medications (or a written list of medications) your pet is or was recently taking. In addition, please bring any diagnostics, or copies of diagnostics, (such as 'x-rays' or blood work) that have been recently performed by your veterinarian. Though your vet often will send over information ahead of time, it is always best to have copies with you in case the information does not make it here prior to your appointment.

Usually surgery will NOT occur on the day of the appointment. The appointment time allows for a complete physical exam as well as time for any diagnostics (such as blood work, 'x-rays,' abdominal ultrasound, etc.) to be performed prior to surgery. In addition, the anesthesia department will be notified so that they can prepare for your pet's surgery the following day. Surgery days are typically on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. There are circumstances, however, when your pet's surgery may need to be delayed (if they are stable) so that emergency surgeries can be performed.

In general, medications do not need to be discontinued prior to your appointment. Medications prescribed to treat systemic problems such as hypothyroidism should definitely not be stopped. If your dog is taking corticosteroids (prednisone, dexamethasone), these medications may need to be stopped for a minimum of 2 weeks prior to surgery. Please contact the Soft Tissue Surgery department if you are unsure if medications should be stopped prior to your appointment. Always consult your pet's veterinarian before suddenly stopping any medication.

 

How long will it take for my pet to recover?

Many of our Soft Tissue patients are able to go home the same week they came in. Because each individual case varies, talk to your Soft Tissue surgeon for a better estimate of expected stay.