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What to Expect

Making an Appointment

Veterinary Surgical Center of Portland is open Monday through Friday to provide you with readily available and convenient appointment times. Our receptionists will work with you and your veterinarian to make certain we have your pet’s complete medical record prior to your appointment. We ask that you please arrive 10 minutes early to fill out the necessary paperwork. Our new client form is available on the website, under Client Resources > Online Forms. You can e-mail us the completed form before your appointment to save time at check-in.

Initial Consultation

During your initial consultation, the surgeon will review your pet’s general medical history and any x-rays taken by your regular veterinarian and perform a thorough examination of your pet. The surgeon will ask you questions about your pet’s medical history, temperament, lifestyle, etc. Our doctors may need to perform additional tests or x-rays to help give you the most accurate diagnosis and safe anesthesia. We understand that each animal is unique and will work with you to find the best treatment option for your pet.

If Surgery is Needed

We require that you stop any food or oral medications after 10:00 pm the night prior to surgery, and ask that you bring all of your pet’s medications with you when you arrive for your surgical appointment. Water is OK. Surgical admits are done between 7:30 am and 8:00 am, and you will meet with one of your pet’s Certified Veterinary Technicians at check-in. Most pets stay at least one night with us, os to ensure that your pet eats the same meals provided at home, you may provide 3 meals of your own food. You’re also welcome to bring along any special blanket or toy, or any other item that might make your pet more comfortable. The surgeon will call you when your pet is in recovery and coordinate a time to meet the following day to review the details of your pet’s surgery, as well as the post-op care.

Overnight Care

VSCP commits to providing the highest quality care possible to our patients. Our technician team cares for your pet around the clock. After the surgical staff departs our swing-shift and the overnight team ensures your pet is monitored and comfortable at all times. Because we are not a busy ER or hospital with multiple specialties, we have a VERY low patient-to-technician ratio that allows for a lot of individual attention and a quiet recovery ward. Our technician team will accommodate your pets by dimming the lights and talking quietly at night ensuring your pet can rest to aid in their recovery. The phones are on at all times and we welcome your calls at any time.

Please review the handout below for more specific information on what to expect from our surgical hospital.