What is a Diplomate?

An ACVS Diplomate in an individual who has been certified as a specialist in veterinary surgery by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons.

What does “board certified” mean

A board certified surgeon is an individual who has completed the requirements of the ACVS to become certified as a specialist in veterinary surgery (an ACVS Diplomate).

Where can I find information on financial aid that is available for my pet’s surgery?

Financial aid opportunities, although available, are very hard to come by. The demand is much higher than the available funding. For suggestions and ideas visit: http://www.humanesociety.org/animals/resources/tips/trouble_affording_pet.html

Is it ok that my pet is on Aspirin?

No, Aspirin may prevent normal clotting and can cause complications such as excessive swelling or bruising. We would like for a pet to be off of Aspirin for 2 weeks prior to surgery

Is there anything I need to do before surgery?

We recommended getting pet ready for the lifestyle change that is about to happen. Examples of this may be, getting the pet use to some sort of a confined area where he/she cannot jump on furniture, run to the door if it someone knocks, etc. Also getting them used to a leash if they have never been on one. If he/she sleeps in bed with you, getting him/her use to sleeping in their new confined area.

Can my pet have food or water before surgery?

We recommend discontinuing food, water, and medications at 9pm the night before surgery. Your pet may have a small drink of water (equivalent to a melted ice cube) the morning of surgery if you would like.

What can I expect after surgery?

Each surgical experience is unique but most pets feel much better after surgery. A lot of times the injury is more painful than the surgery its self so many pets are do too well too soon. We send most pets home with postoperative medications such as an antibiotic, NSAIDs (anti-inflammatory), and a mild pain reliever. We recommend a restricted activity level, such as keeping your pet in a confined area where he/she is comfortable, but unable to jump on furniture or come and go as he/she pleases. We want your pet to rest as much as possible.

What do I need to do to get an appointment at your office?

We are a referral hospital. We would need a referral from your regular veterinarian before making a consultation appointment. The consultation is the first appointment you will have. This appointment is where Dr. Crouch will examine your pet, confirm your veterinarians diagnosis, and discuss your options, which may include surgery. Dr. Crouch will go over all surgical and non surgical options (if applicable) with you. He will discuss the recovery, the cost, and the return to function that your pet should have. He will also discuss the risks versus the rewards. This consultation lasts approximately 45-60 minutes, depending on what your pet is coming to see us about.

What sort of payment options to you have?
We take all major credit cards, cash, and checks. We also take Care Credit, and offer a few different payment options thru their program. Please call to inquire
Do you offer evening care?
YES. A highly skilled team member makes sure your pet is safe and comfortable during the night.