Elgin Veterinary Hospital not only offers full medical services, it also offers full surgical services. For your convenience you may drop off your pet the night before surgery is scheduled (after 4:30 pm) at no additional charge or the morning of surgery between 8 am and 9 am. Surgery is preformed every week day to allow us to schedule a surgical appointment as quickly as possible. The doctor will call you as soon as she is out of surgery and your pet is recovering in his/her cage to go over how everything went and answer any questions you might have. You can expect this phone call between 1 pm and 3 pm. However, you are more than welcome to call at any time and check on your pet. We do keep most of our surgical patients overnight at no additional charge so that the doctor can monitor him/her post-operatively. The doctor and staff make sure that the patient is eating, drinking and using the bathroom normally after surgery and that the pet’s pain is well-controlled. The doctor makes it her priority to reevaluate each surgical patient the morning after surgery and addresses any issues. This is done so that we can determine when it is medically safe to discharge your pet. In most cases you are able to pick-up your pet by 9 am the morning after surgery. When your pet is discharged, the technician working with your pet will go over the discharge instructions, including any medications or post-operative care you will need to do at home.
It is recommended to have your dogs, cats, guinea pigs, pigs, primates, and rabbits castrated (spayed for females and neutered for males) before they are 6 months of age. The longer a female goes without being spayed, the higher her chances of developing cancer, uterine infections, or unwanted pregnancies. The longer a male goes without being neutered, the higher his chances of developing cancer, prostate issues, and behaviors that are undesirable (such as marking or urinating on everything, and aggression). Did you know that over 60% of rabbits that are not spayed will develop cancer of their uterus by the time they turn 3 years old?