Since surgical procedures are not performed routinely on the same day as your appointment, hospitalization will most likely be needed for your pet. The duration of hospitalization varies greatly depending on the exact surgery performed, speed of recovery, and development of any complications following surgery. We will try our best to provide you with an estimated timeline for the release of your pet from the hospital.
The veterinary student who performed the physical exam will most likely be assigned to your pet throughout its medical center stay. (If the hospitalization is lengthy, the student may change due to their clinical rotation throughout the hospital.)
- The student or attending clinician will contact you daily unless you discuss other arrangements. Please provide all pertinent phone numbers so that we will be successful in reaching you.
- We will not provide information to others concerning the status of your companion animal unless we have prior permission to do so.
- Please feel free to call the reception desk at (515) 294-4900 if you need to reach the clinician or student. Our clinicians and students make every effort to take your call. If they are busy with procedures or patient care, they will return your call as soon as possible.
Your student or attending clinician will keep you updated on your pet’s recovery and progress following surgery, on any complications arising, and on a time for your pet’s release from the hospital. At the time of release, the student and attending clinicians will give you instructions regarding your pet’s aftercare, medications needed, and follow-up. You will receive written release information that summarizes your pet’s tests, treatments and home care instructions, a copy of which will also be sent to your regular veterinarian.