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
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