This is a compilation of some of the questions our clients commonly ask. The first set of questions relate to surgery, the second set are general. If your question is not answered here, or you would like further information, please feel free to call us at 248-693-1677.
Q. My dog/cat is having surgery, does he/she need to be fasted?
A. Yes. Dogs and cats need to be fasted for surgical procedures and non-surgical procedures which require sedation or anesthesia. Food should be withheld after 8:00 pm, unless otherwise instructed by our staff. Water, however, should not be withheld.
Q. Will my pet need to spend the night after surgery?
A. It depends on the type of procedure and the patient and is at the discretion of the doctor performing the procedure. If you would like to take your pet home the same day, please let us know. We will do everything we can to accomodate your wishes but final desicions are made pending patient anesthesia recovery.
Q. Will my pet be safe for anesthesia?
A. We take anesthesia and surgery very seriously and take EVERY necessary precaution to ensure that our patients are safe for their procedures. All patients get thorough physical exams and are evaluated for any potential areas that may create an anesthesia or surgical risk. Potential problems are discussed with owners and decisions are made whether to proceed, with or without antesthesia protocol changes. We have an immaculate surgery and anesthesia record at our hospital.
Q. How is my pet monitored during his/her procedure?
A. Patients are monitored by a doctor or nurse anesthetist at ALL times. Monitoring includes: blood pressure, heart rate/pulse, respiratory rate and quality, electrocardiogram (ECG), oxygenation status (pulse oximetry), jaw tone and eye placement to further assess anesthetic depth.
Q. What type of anesthesia protocols are used?
A. Patients are given a pre-medication cocktail injection under the skin to regulate heart rate and to make them sleepy. Then patients are either masked down with oxygen and an inhalant anesthetic or are given an injection to enable us to intubate them for their procedure.
Q. Does my pet require bloodwork before anesthesia/ surgery?
A. Although we recommend bloodwork for all patients undergoing surgery, we require it in several instances. Dogs and cats 5 years of age and older require pre-anesthetic bloodwork, current within 1 year. It is critical for your pet's doctor to know how the organ systems are functioning, clotting ability and overall internal health. This way, we can assess whether changes need to be made to anesthetic protocols for the safety of your pet.
Dogs also require a current heartworm check if they are 6 months of age or older.
Cats also require a feline leukemia/FIV test where applicable. (Please see kitten link for more information).
Q. At what age should my pet be spayed or neutered?
A. We recommend spaying and neutering at 4-6 months of age. We do not recommend waiting until your female has a heat cycle as every heat cycle your female dog or cat has increases their chances of developing breast cancer (mammary adenocarcinoma) later in life.
Q. My pet is scheduled for surgery tomorrow, what time should I drop my pet off?
A. Surgery patient drop-off is between 8:15-9:00am. If this time is inconvenient for you, please talk to your doctor or the front desk to work out a day we may be able to accomodate a different drop-off time for you and your pet. Please remember that your pet needs to be fasted.
Q. What are the office hours and appointment times available at Brinker Veterinary Hospital?
M, W, F: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
T, Th : 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Sat: 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
Our staff is available from 8:00 am Monday through Saturday to treat hospitalized patients and check patients into the hospital.
Receptionists answer the phones starting at 8:30 am Monday through Saturday and appointments start at 9:00 am.
We are closed on Sundays.
Q. When is payment due for services?
A. Payment is due upon completion of service. We thank you for understanding that our drugs and supplies can be quite costly and our staff needs to be paid! :)
Q. What payment methods are accepted?
A. We accept all major credit cards (VISA, Mastercard, American Express, Discover), cash and checks.
Q. Do you board or groom pets at your hospital?
A. No. We are a medical and surgical facility only. We dedicate all of our time and space to veterinary work. Our receptionists have recommendations and phone numbers for groomers and boarding facilities in the area.
Q. Are appointments necessary or can we just "walk in?"
A. We appreciate our clients making appointments. We are a very busy hospital, but we set appointment times so that our clients have enough time with us to address all of their concerns and the doctor is able to do thorough physical exams at every visit. To better serve you and the rest of our clients, we appreciate appointment times but we would never turn someone away at the door.
Q. Do you see emergencies?
A. Yes. We see emergencies during our regularly scheduled business hours. Obviously, no appointment is necessary in an emergency situation though calling ahead may be wise so we can have a doctor on standby and any equipment that may be necessary out and available. After hours emergencies should call Oakland Veterinary Referral Services at 248-334-6877. (see emergecy link for more details or their website at www.ovrs.com.)