Surgical procedures are performed at Grand Montecito Animal Hospital every day of the week, although it is preferred that we perform elective surgeries on Monday-Saturday. An appointment is advised. We ask that all patients check-in between 7-9 am on the morning of the scheduled surgery, and please allow for at least 15 minutes to meet with a veterinarian. The owner, or authorized agent, dropping off an animal for surgery must be at least 18 years old. It is important that no food be given after 11:00 pm the night before; please also limit water intake. Vaccines are required to be current for all patients having surgery.
We also advise pre-operative lab work to test kidney and liver functions (the main organs that metabolize anesthesia), complete blood counts, and blood glucose levels. Our patients are closely monitored throughout surgery using EKG/pulse oximeters. Fluids and pain medications are administered through an IV catheter. Pain management will be used for all procedures that cause some degree of pain or discomfort.