Crossroads Veterinary Clinic
My pet is having surgery, What should I do?
We ask that most patients not be fed (treats, etc.) after midnight the day before surgery.  However, you
will receive detailed instructions regarding your pet's care before surgery.
Will my pet be in pain after surgery?
Most pets experience some form of discomfort after surgery. However, we take pain management
very seriously! Proper pain control before, during, and after surgical procedures helps reduce the
amount of anesthetic used during surgery, the amount of medications used during the recovery
period, and speeds healing time.
Do you require blood analysis before my pet's surgery?
Absolutely! Your pet is too important to us not to provide the BEST care while in our hands. Blood
analysis provides us with useful knowledge regarding your pet's safety under anesthesia.  In
addition, all pets undergoing a surgical procedure have and EKG/ECG done to assess cardiac
(heart) health AND have intravenous fluids to help regulate blood pressure, temperature, and
eliminate anesthetics.
Will my pet have stitches after surgery?
In most cases....yes. However, sometimes the sutures will not be removed. A staff member will
inform you if your pet needs to return for suture removal.
I need to bring in my pet to have blood analysis done because they are on medication for a chronic
condition. What do I need to know?
In most cases a fast (withholding food) for 12 hours will need to be done, but here are a few tips:
Thyroid Screen- Fasted for 12 hours and bring your pet in 4-6 hours after the last pill
NSAID Panel- Fasted for 12 hours
Glucose Curve- Call for details involving this test
Phenobarbital Level- Fasted for 12 hours and bring your pet in 4-6 hours after the last pill
Cardiac Medications- Call for details involving this test
I need to have my pet's urine checked. What steps do I need to follow?
Most urinalysis for chronic conditions can be collected at home and then presented for evaluation
within 30 minutes of collection. However, urinary tract infections require a cystocentesis. If you
suspect a urinary tract infection please do not allow your pet to void urine for the 3 hours preceding
your schedule appointment time. As always, call with any questions regarding this test.

On-Line or Mail Order Pharmacies Tips and Cautions
1. A veterinarian at Crossroads Veterinary Clinic must have examined your pet for any               
prescription that you wish to have filled. The doctor may elect to issue refills for chronic conditions.
2. Prescriptions filled are voided of manufacturer's guarantee.
3. Product may be expired
4. Product may be counterfeit
5. Product may be unreliable due to improper storage or transportation conditions
6. Check label closely. Kilograms
don't equal pounds. Many of these products are                         
imported from other countries.