We are proud to provide Saint Petersburg, FL and surrounding communities with state-of-the-art veterinary surgical procedures. We believe in utilizing the highest level of medical technology, and our surgeons are experienced and highly trained.

We also realize that it can be stressful to have your pet undergo surgery. We want to assure you that your pet is in good hands, and that we will do everything to provide the best care possible.We will communicate with you about the things you need to know before, during, and after your pets’ surgery.

It is our goal to make the entire process go smoothly, and to eliminate the stress and worry of surgical procedures. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact Grand Central Veterinary Hospital today.

What do I need to think about before surgery day?

Up to date vaccinations:

For the protection of our patients we require that all pets in the hospital are fully up to date with their vaccinations.

A safer approach to your pet’s anaesthetic:

Although we are using the best and safest techniques, drugs and equipment possible, any type of surgery (whether for animals or humans) poses some risks. These risks are often related to underlying medical conditions that may not be apparent externally. To decrease these potential risks we highly recommend pre-anaesthetic blood testing..

The panel of laboratory tests checks the function of your pet’s major organs, such as the ability of the liver and kidney to rid the body of drugs and medications. We are also able to identify abnormalities in blood cells which may affect the blood’s ability to carry oxygen, fight infection and prevent excessive bleeding during surgery.


Microchipping is a safe way of identifying your pet for life should they become lost. Now is a great time to consider micro-chipping particularly if your pet’s visit is for routine spay or neuter.


Your pet will not be able to have a bath for at least 12-14 days after sterile surgery, therefore if your pet requires bathing we recommend that it be done prior to the day of surgery.

Dental Care:

On admission to hospital, your pet will receive a thorough dental check up as part of our routine care. A dental check up may highlight the need for cleaning, polishing, tooth extraction – any of which may be addressed whilst your pet is anesthetized. Our healthcare team professionals will discuss these options with you at the time of admission.

What do I need to think about the night before surgery?

The night before surgery your pet must be fasted, no food or water after midnight please. For your pet’s safety and well being this is very important and we ask all family members to make an extra effort to ensure food or water is not available to your pet.

Arriving at the hospital:

Surgical patients are admitted at their scheduled time unless there are special circumstances or you have an appointment with the veterinarian for your pet to be examined prior to admission.

When you first arrive at the hospital we will ask you to assist us in completing an admission form which includes contact phone numbers, as well as relevant information about your pet. If your pet has recently been ill, and we are not aware of it, we also request that you share this information with us. This is also a good time for you to ask any questions if you are not clear on any aspect of the procedure.

Depending on the type of surgery being undertaken you may also need to see Dr. Antz-Hanson to review and share information about your pet’s health.

What happens to my pet in the hospital?

Once your pet has been admitted to our ward, we will perform a health check up. In due course, an anaesthetic agent will be administered and an attending veterinary nurse will monitor your pet’s vital signs right through to recovery.

Most day surgery patients will be ready for discharge upon recovery from anastesia. A member of our staff will call to schedule a pickup time that is convenient for you. You can call us at any time during the day for an update on your pet’s progress.

Dr. Antz-Hanson or a veterinary nurse will explain how to take care of your pet at home, and provide you with written instructions on any care or revisits required.

Full payment is required at time of discharge.

Your role on the day of the operation:

We are often asked whether or not an owner should stay at home to care for a pet after surgery. If you are considering making special plans to be with your pet, we suggest you take the day off after surgery rather than the day of surgery. Although, pets tend to make a very speedy recovery and this is often not necessary at all.

On surgery day, your pet will be with us for the entire day. Later in the afternoon or evening you will be required to take your pet home. Once at home they will require somewhere warm and comfortable to sleep off the anaesthetic. Over the following days you will need to check the surgical wound regularly to make sure it is clean and looks healthy.

Pre-surgery checklist:

– Is your pet vaccinated?

– If you normally bathe your pet, will you need to do it in the next week or so? If so, bath now!

– Does your pet have a microchip? If not, now is a great time.

– Have you considered pre-anaesthetic testing to reduce the risks of surgery?

– Remember – No food or water for your pet after midnight.

– Do you have a phone number we can contact you on the day of surgery? If not, who can we contact?

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