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Willow Creek Pet Center

Surgical Procedure FAQ’s

What You Need To Know About Your Pet’s SurgeryCat

At Willow Creek Pet Center we exclusively use the safest anesthesia to-date, Sevoflurane. However, to ensure that there is minimal risk with any surgical procedure we do, a physical exam is performed before administering the anesthesia to your pet.

You will need to schedule the surgery prior to the surgery date unless it’s an emergency. We will contact you the night before and provide you with instructions for check-in.

Please allow 10-15 minutes to check-in to ensure we address any questions you may have. Check-in times for surgery are (unless your doctor says differently):

  • M-F 7am-8:30am
  • Saturday 8am-9am

Please remove your pet’s food prior to 10pm the night before but still provide your pet with water. And as always, please don’t hesitate to call us at 801-942-0777 if you have any questions.

Blood Work

We recommend pre-anesthetic blood work to ensure your pet’s organs are functioning properly, including the liver and kidneys. Just because your pet looks healthy, it does not mean their organs are functioning properly. This can have a serious effect on how your pet handles the anesthesia. The testing ensures that if there are any problems, that we know about them in advance to avoid surgical complications.

Intraveneous Fluids

We also recommend intravenous fluids while your pet undergoes any surgery. The benefits to fluids are that your pet’s blood pressure can be maintained during the surgery and the anesthesia can be flushed out of your pet’s system faster which in turn leads to faster recovery time. In case of a surgical complication, emergency medications can be administered faster since an IV catheter has already been placed.


Most stiches your pet may have are absorbable so you don’t have to come in and have them removed at a later date. However, with some surgeries your pet will need to have them removed after an appropriate healing time (usually 10-14 days). With either type of suture, it is advised you keep an eye on the incision site. If you notice redness that does not go away, swelling or drainage around the incision, please contact us as soon as possible so we can help avoid any infections that may occur.

You will need to prevent your pet from licking the incision area. Sometimes we will send your pet home with a collar to prevent them licking the incision area open. Also, you want to avoid giving your pet a bath or getting wet while the sutures are in place. This helps prevent the risk of infection.


You will want to avoid heavy activity level after your pet’s surgery. Your doctor will recommend the appropriate time frame depending on the type of surgery that was performed.


To help manage any after-surgery discomfort, your doctor may send home some medications for you to administer to your pet for several days after surgery (usually an anti-inflammatory). There may also be a need for some antibiotics but your doctor will recommend the appropriate medications as needed at the time of discharge.

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