Surgical Information

Morden Veterinary Clinic offers many surgeries daily.  In an attempt to assist clients, we have put together some information to make surgery day as easy and stress-free as possible.  

If your pet is scheduled for an upcoming surgery, please read carefully the following information.  If you have any questions please feel free to call us.

Day of Surgery

On your pets surgery day, we require you to review and sign an authorization form, which allows you to choose optional services.  This should only take 5 minutes, but if you are in a hurry or have someone else dropping you pet off, please let us know and we can e-mail you all of the information.  We require a phone number where you can be reached the day of surgery.  Please note that failure to be reached on the day of the procedure may result in postponement of the surgery.

Please make arrangements for your pet to be dropped off on the morning of the scheduled surgery between 8-9am, unless other arrangements have been made in advance.  At time of drop off, our team will be happy to answer any of your questions or concerns.

The night before your pet's surgery....

Withhold all food and treats after 8:00pm

Water may be left down after this time

If you are currently administering any medications, vitamins and/or injections, withhold the morning dose unless otherwise instructed by the doctor.

You are welcome to check up on your pet's status, however, we request that you allow plenty of time for your pet's procedure to be done.  Our staff will call you once the procedure is complete, at that time letting you know when your pet will be discharged.  When you arrive to take your pet home, the receptionist will help you with your invoice, and the veterinary technologist will go over all discharge instructions verbally and give you a written copy.  If you do not understand any instructions, please do not hesitate to ask them to go over them one more time.

We hope that surgery day will be a pleasant experience.  Remember, our team knows surgery can be an anxious time and we are always available to answer any and all questions concerning the upcoming procedure. 

Things to note:

Our greatest concern is the well being of your pet.  We realize surgery and anesthesia are scary for both the owner and the patient and we attempt to make their day as safe and comfortable throughout their entire time with us.  We encourage blood work done prior to any surgical procedure as it allows us to make the best anesthetic decisions which minimizes surgical risks and complications.

A Pre-Anesthetic Blood Profile helps to alert our doctors of dehydration, anemia, infection, diabetes and/or kidney or liver disease that could complicate the procedure.  This is an option that we provide for all pets undergoing anesthetic, but note that for pets that are over 8 years of age it is strongly recommended, and in some cases mandatory.  We have basic screens to very comprehensive blood panel options available. 

FeLV/FIV testing is an option for our feline owners.  We highly recommend this test be preformed on all feline patients at least once in their lives, especially cats who have been found as strays or that go outside.  Feline Leukemia and Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (Feline Aids) are viruses for which no cure exists.  Please feel free to ask our staff any questions you many have about Feline Leukemia and Feline Aids.