March 23, 2018


Gateway Veterinary Surgery is here to help you provide the highest quality care for your patients while helping your practice increase the level of service offered to your clients.  We welcome the opportunity to visit with you to discuss cases and how we can help you grow your practice through our ACVS boarded surgeon.

doctor-clipboardHere are a few items to keep in mind as we move forward together…

1. Prepare your client for their surgical appointment.

  • Their pet should have no food or water after midnight
  • Do they wish to stay for surgery or schedule for another day

2. I like to meet with clients prior to surgery. This allows me to discuss the medical problem and the surgery. This is my best opportunity to make sure we all understand what comes next, what to expect and whether or not your client wishes to proceed.

Presurgical Examination:
1. I like to perform a physical examination when I meet the pet.
2. The guideline for bloodwork is as follow:
Full labwork (CBC, chemistry panel, and urinalysis) for all patients prior to general anesthesia is appreciated.

GVS suggests the following diagnostics within one month of any anesthesia.
Elective procedures in patients without clinical signs
2 years of age: PCV/TS, chemistry panel, urine specific gravity
2 to 10 years: CBC, chemistry panel, urine specific gravity
10+ years: CBC, chemistry panel, urinalysis, thoracic radiographs (3 view)

Heart murmur: thoracic radiographs (right lateral and VD views) or prior evaluation by a cardiologist
Previous azotemia: PCV/TS, chemistry panel, urinalysis within 48 hours
Suspected neoplasia: thoracic radiographs (3 view)

Additional diagnostics may be recommended or required for individual patients.