17591 Hwy 34 W, Ottumwa, IA 52501 641-683-1835
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Surgery

We are well equipped to perform all routine surgeries for your pet. We also perform a wide range of non-routine soft tissue and orthopedic surgeries. For pets that will be anesthetized during their stay with us, please withhold food after 10 o’clock the night before. Water throughout the night is fine. To ensure your pet has a safe experience, we recommend pre-anesthetic blood work prior to surgery consisting of the following:

  • Pre-Anesthetic Chemistry Panel – tells us information about major organ function which will assist us in determining the most appropriate medications to use.
  • Complete Blood Count – this details information about red blood cell count and white blood count which can indicate infection, inflammation, anemia or other potential anesthetic risks.

The top 4 reasons to test your pet before anesthesia:

  1. You deserve peace of mind. Testing can significantly reduce medical risk and ensure your pet’s health and safety.
  2. Pets can’t tell us when they don’t feel well. A healthy-appearing pet may be hiding symptoms of a disease or ailment. For example, a pet can lose up to 75% of kidney function before showing any visible signs of illness. Testing helps us evaluate your pet’s health up front, so we can avoid problems related to anesthesia.
  3. Testing can reduce the risk and consequences. If pre-anesthetic results are within normal ranges, we can proceed with confidence, knowing that anesthetic risk is minimized. On the other hand, if results are not within the normal ranges, we can alter the anesthetic procedure, or take other precautions to safeguard your pet’s health and reduce the risk of potential complications.
  4. Testing can help protect your pet’s future health. These tests provide baseline levels for your pet and become part of his or her medical record for future references.