Your Pet’s Surgery Guide: Navigating the Journey Together

Is your furry friend in need of surgery? We understand that this can be a stressful time for both you and your beloved pet. But fear not! We're here to provide you with a comprehensive surgery guide to help ease your worries and ensure a smooth journey through the process.

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Pre-Surgical instructions

1. PleaseĀ do not feed your pet for 12 hours prior to the appointment. Water should be withdrawn 3 hours prior to the appointment.

2. Please do not give any oral medications at the morning of the appointment. All oral medications should be given the night before.

3. Please apply all drops and ointments at the morning of appointment.

4. Please bring all of your eye drops, systemic medications and e-collar (if available) to the surgical appointment.

5. Diabetic patients – please bring the insulin for your pet on the day of appointment. Diabetic patients should not be fed on the morning of the surgical appointment and should receive the 1/2 of their regular morning insulin dose.

6. All cataract surgery patients should have dental cleaning done 4 weeks prior to the scheduled cataract surgery, followed by a 3 week long course of systemic antibiotic therapy.

7. All surgical patients have to have fresh laboratory analysis (complete cell blood count, serum chemistry, urine analysis) before proceeding with surgery. Please visit with your veterinarian so these tests are done before the time of surgery. We can perform all these tests in our facility, if needed.

Surgical Aftercare

  1. Eyes should be cleaned 3-4 times daily with a clean cloth (or clean cotton balls) and warm water from any accumulated discharge or crusts on eyelids or skin around the eyes. We can also provide an eye wash solution, which will be perfectly safe for the eye rinsing and eyelid skin cleaning.
  2. E-collar should be on at all times until the wound healing process is done. E-collar should be cleaned once daily using the mild hand soap and water. Please make sure that e-collar is thoroughly wiped and dry before placing it back on your pet.
  3. All dogs with eye surgeries should be leash walked only with the use of harness for 14-28 days (depending on the type of surgery). Pets which had recent intraocular surgery should not be walked with neck leads.
  4. Some ocular discomfort and discharge is usually present for 3-4 days after ocular surgeries. However, there should not be bloody or green discharge, excessive swelling and pain, or dramatic change in the eye color (very hazy or blue looking eyes). If any of these symptoms are detected, please contact us or your local veterinarian so the eye condition can be rechecked, and appropriate care initiated if needed.

Animal Eye Clinic

Monday, Tuesday & Thursday 9am – 5pm
Wednesday 9am – 5pm
Saturday – Closed

Animal Emergency Center of the Quad Cities

Every Tuesday and Friday

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