Along with providing the highest level of care, WellPet is dedicated to helping manage costs for our clients. We manage patient care in a way that avoids unnecessary testing and treatments. With the exception of life-saving procedures, all recommended tests and treatments and their associated costs will be explained to you before they are performed. We believe that, despite the costs associated with advanced diagnostic testing, specialty level patient care can ultimately reduce veterinary health care costs by expediting diagnosis, treatment and patient recovery.
If you elect to pursue the procedures recommended by the doctor, your pet will receive a surgical appointment date and time. Patients admitted for surgery must arrive between 7:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. They are discharged between 1:oo pm and 5:30 pm the same day as admission. You will be contacted following completion of your pet’s surgery and at that time you will be assigned a pick-up time.
Surgical Best Practices for Your Pet
Our surgical center is fully equipped to provide the best possible veterinary care for your dog or cat. We follow industry best practices to ensure your pet’s safety during surgery, including:
- The use of isoflurane anesthesia and pain control medication
- Intraoperative monitoring of vital signs during surgery
- IV Catheterization (Recommended for all surgery patients but required for surgery patients ages 7 and over)
- Administration of intravenous fluids during surgery to keep your pet hydrated and ensure proper kidney function (if needed)
- Preoperative surgical blood work (Recommended for all surgery patients but required for surgery patients ages 7 and over )
What You Should Know Pre and Post Surgery
Prior to your pet’s scheduled surgery, we will provide you with instructions to follow to ensure your pet’s safety during the procedure. You can download the list here or view the instructions on our video page.
We only do outpatient surgeries, so your pet will be going home with you at the end of the scheduled surgery day. Before your pet is discharged, a technician will provide you with detailed information about the surgery and post-op care. A list of postoperative instructions customized to your pet’s specific needs will be printed on your invoice, as well as emergency contact numbers should you need them.
We understand that a surgery can be a stressful time for you and your pet, and we will do our best to reassure you through the process.
Soft Tissue Surgery
Our Soft Tissue Surgery service is performed by Georgia licensed veterinarians with over 40 years of experience. We will provide consultations and perform procedures on all types of surgical conditions, with the exception of Orthopaedic Surgery.
Our surgical services are available to the public as well as through a referral by your primary veterinarian. Some examples of surgeries we perform include:
- Minimally invasive surgery
- Reproductive surgery
- Abdominal surgery
- Surgical oncology
- Cystotomy surgery (bladder stone removal)
- Wound care and reconstruction
- Urinary catheterization
Anesthesia and Pain Managment
We utilize the safest available anesthetics during surgery to provide an extra margin of safety, especially for our older or high-risk patients. Using the most modern equipment, the patient’s vital signs are monitored during all anesthetic procedures.
Pain management becomes particularly important after surgeries. When recovering from invasive procedures, animals may be not only in pain, but also weak and disoriented. WellPet will prescribe pain medication that is best for your pet. Make sure you give it to them as directed.