After initial workup by your family veterinarian or by us, all medications, monitoring, and hospitalization before surgery is included as well as up to 48 hours of post-op care. This way if your pet is more stable than another patient, and has to wait longer for the surgery, you are not incurring those extra costs, and if your pet needs extra time to be as stable as possible prior to surgery, you are also not incurring these costs.
No matter how long the surgery takes, it is included. These are emergency surgeries that we are used to doing and sometimes they take longer than expected but, you don’t have to worry about incurring these extra costs as it’s all included.
This does not include unexpected complications that require a Boarded Surgeon, Internal Medicine, Anesthesiologist, or ICU and Criticalist
This does not include unexpected complications during or after surgery
ie/ dehiscence- sometimes patients do not heal well, and the surgical sites come apart requiring a second surgery
ie/ a complicating pancreatitis that requires further diagnostics (blood work +/- an abdominal ultrasound)
ie/ a delayed recovery beyond the 48 hours, additional costs would not be included as this too, is an unexpected complication , and often is due to another underlying condition
Includes individual tailored anesthetic protocols (hydromorphone, hydro-midazolam combination, Fentanyl CRI, HLK CRI etc)
Including Doppler blood pressure monitoring, cardiac monitoring, CO2 monitoring etc
Includes individual tailored analgesia, including CRI’s as needed
We have put a limit on recovery time, as patients typically recover within this window, and if they are not recovering as expected, then this is when we would recommend further work up to find out why (not included), or humane euthanasia as the nicest thing we can do to not allow our pets to suffer.
A good example of this would be the 2 year old Golden Retriever that ingested a corn cob, and has been diagnosed with radiographs, will still get ‘pre-anesthetic’ blood work (mini profile) before surgery (included)
For example, during a cystotomy, to ensure no stones were hiding or missed as they can be extremely small.
For example, discharge instructions not being followed and allowing running or jumping causing incision to open. We will send detailed discharge instructions home to be closely followed for the best possible full recovery for your pet.
if owners opt not to proceed giving findings during surgery (ie/ cancer), or continued deterioration rather than recovery
we will not allow our patients to suffer needlessly if they are not recovering as expected, and if we feel that they are deteriorating despite
our best efforts, a decision must be made for humane euthanasia (at our expense), further work up or care beyond the expected post-op
recovery (at owner expense), or transfer to a referral clinic (at owner expense)
For example, an antibiotic may be necessary for a week after surgery if there was concern with infection, or gastrointestinal support sent home to make sure they continue to recover and feel good until they are completely back to themselves.
To prevent licking of incisions will be provided.