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Soft Tissue - FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

The following information is specific to the Small Animal Soft Tissue surgery service, and is in addition to the General information for your visit.

Who is involved in the treatment of my pet?

The Soft Tissue treatment team consist of a soft tissue floor technician, a student, an intern or resident (or sometimes both) and a faculty. Interns and residents are veterinarians enrolled in specialty training programs at the Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine to further their experience and training.

What will happen during my appointment with SA Soft Tissue surgery service?

A client liaison will escort you and your pet to an examination room. A student will take your pet’s history and perform a physical exam. The student will then escort your pet to our treatment area where the student and clinicians will discuss your pet’s case, differential diagnoses and formulate a diagnostic plan for your pet. The clinician on your pet’s case will also perform a physical exam on your pet. The treatment team will then return to discuss the diagnostic and/or treatment plan with you.

When will my pet’s surgery happen?

We typically reserve our receiving/appointment days for patient workups, allowing us to focus on diagnositic workups and discussing the results with our clients. The surgery (if indicated) is typically scheduled for the following day. However, if you would like more time to think about the treatment recommendations, then we will work with you to find a future date that works for you and your pet.

Elective open spay & neuter surgeries are scheduled for the afternoon of (& same day as) the appointment, barring emergencies.

Who will perform my pet’s surgery?

The surgery team for each patient includes a faculty surgeon, a resident, a student and potentially an intern. Every surgery is directly overseen by either a surgeon-in-training, or a faculty surgeon, and all surgeries are under the supervision of a faculty surgeon.

Will my pet come home the day of surgery & can I come visit immediately after surgery?

We typically keep patients for at least one night (sometimes longer, depending on the type of surgery) to allow them to wake up quietly and provide stronger (injectable) pain medication. For this reason we strongly discourage visiting your pet the day of surgery, as your pet will be happy to see you, get excited while it might be better for them to rest after surgery.

Discharge instructions

When your pet is leaving the hospital to come home with you, we will provide you with detailed written discharge instruction for at-home-care. These include: activity restrictions, medications, what to look for in terms of your pets incision/wound/bandage, recommendations for follow up/rechecks. It will also detail the diagnostics and procedures performed during this hospital visit. We will provide you and your pet’s primary veterinarian with a copy of the discharges.

Hospital care statement

It is our intent that you will be well served and that your animal will receive the best care in the most humane and compassionate way. Our staff members are competent and caring professionals who are committed to high quality standards. If you have questions, feel free to bring them to the student or clinician on the case or, if needed, contact the Hospital Director or Hospital Administrator at 765-494-7235.

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