6915 Washington Ave
Mt. Pleasant, WI 53406
(262) 947-4661

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1121 S. Stuart Rd.
Mt. Pleasant, WI 53406
(262) 886-8728
Mon: 8:30AM-6:00PM, Tues: 8:30AM-7:00PM,
Wed, Thurs, Fri: 8:30AM-5:00PM
Closed daily for lunch: 12:30PM - 3:00PM
Mon-Fri: 7:00AM-6:00PM
Sat: 7:00AM-11:00AM
Closed weekdays for lunch: 11:00AM - 4:00PM

Preparing for Surgery


Angelcare Animal Hospital offers many different types of surgeries. Ranging from simple to complex. Angelcare also offers a wide variety of pet cosmetic surgeries such as feline de-claws and canine ear-cropping, tail docking and dew toe removal.   All animals are required to visit for a Pre-Surgical exam. Blood will be drawn at this time to see if the animal is healthy enough to undergo the surgery. 

Remember each surgery is individual and the risks differ depending on the type of surgery your pet is undergoing. A Pre-Surgical exam and blood work NEED to be done in order to help minimize the risks that may be involved.

If your pet is receiving a surgical procedure:

  • Print off and bring the Surgical Release Form with you when you drop your pet off.
  • Your pet may not have food after 6 pm the night before the surgery.
  • You may not have water 8 hours before surgery. Do not give your pet water the morning of its surgery.
  • Surgical drop-offs start at 8:30 am. We would like to have you drop your pet off as early as possible.
  • Pickups are commonly a half hour before the clinic closes.

If you have any question on a surgical procedure for your pet please contact us

Here at Angelcare, we strive to keep your pet in the best health possible. Now, we know, surgery can be painful, but Angelcare offers a new cold laser treatment that helps your pet feel better and heal quicker all without needing to fill your pet's body up with days or even weeks of pain medications. While pain medication does reduce pain, it also gives your liver extra things to detoxify and can put your pet at risk for adverse drug reactions. We only send home additional pain medication if the benefits outweigh the risks.

Many people have questions about various aspects of their pet's surgery, and we hope this information will help.  It also explains the decisions you will need to make before your pet's upcoming surgery.

Is anesthetic safe?

Today's modern anesthetic monitors have made surgery much safer than in the past. Here at Angelcare, we do a thorough physical exam on your pet before administering anesthetics, to ensure that a fever or other illness won't be a problem. We also adjust the amount and type of anesthetic used depending on the health of your pet. The handout on anesthesia explains this in greater detail. Preanesthetic blood testing is important in reducing the risk of anesthesia. Every pet needs blood testing before surgery to ensure that the liver and kidneys can handle the anesthetic. Even apparently healthy animals can have serious organ system problems that cannot be detected without blood testing. If there is a problem, it is much better to find it before it causes anesthetic or surgical complications. Animals that have minor dysfunctions will handle the anesthetic better if they receive IV fluids during surgery. If serious problems are detected, surgery can be postponed until the problem is corrected. We send our blood tests to large reference labs like Antech or Idexx before surgery, which we will go over with you when you bring in your pet. Our doctors prefer the more comprehensive screens economically available at the large reference labs because it gives them the most information to ensure the safety of your pet. For geriatric or ill pets, additional blood tests, electrocardiograms, or x-rays may be required before surgery as well. It is important that surgery is done on an empty stomach to reduce the risk of vomiting during and after anesthesia. You will need to withhold food for at least 8 to 10 hours before surgery. Water can be left down for the pet until the morning of surgery.

Will my pet have stitches?

For most surgeries, we use non-absorbable sutures or staples to close the skin. You will need to keep an eye on the incision for swelling or discharge. Most dogs and cats will lick excessively or chew at the incision, especially around day 5 when the healing wound becomes itchy. We will normally send home a cone to keep your pet from creating new problems by licking and chewing at the incision. Skin sutures or staples will usually be removed 10 to 14 days after surgery. You will also need to limit your pet's activity level for a time and no baths are allowed for the first 10 days after surgery.

Will my pet be in pain?

Anything that causes pain in people can be expected to cause pain in animals. Pets may not show the same symptoms of pain as people do; they usually don't whine or cry, but you can be sure they feel it. Pain medications needed will depend on the surgery performed. Major procedures require more pain relief than things like minor lacerations. For dogs, we may recommend an oral anti-inflammatory the day after surgery and several days after to lessen the risk of discomfort and swelling. We use our Erchonia cold laser, essential oils, nutriceuticals or newer medications, which are less likely to cause stomach upset and adverse drug reactions. The cost of the medication ranges from $30.00 to $50.00, depending on the size of your dog. Because cats do not tolerate standard pain medications such as aspirin, ibuprofen, or Tylenol, we are limited in what we can give them. Recent advances in pain medications have allowed for better pain control in cats than ever before. We administer a pain injection 10 minutes prior to surgery. After surgery, pain medication is given on a case by case basis. Any animal that appears painful will receive additional pain medication.  The cost will depend on the size of the dog. Injectable pain medications may also be used after surgery on both dogs and cats. Providing whatever pain relief is appropriate is a humane and caring thing to do for your pet.

What other decisions do I need to make?

While your pet is under anesthesia, it is the ideal time to perform other minor procedures, such as: nail trims, dentistry, ear cleaning, tattooing or implanting an identification microchip. If you would like an estimate for these extra services, please call ahead of time. This is especially important if the person dropping the pet off for surgery is not the primary decision maker for the pet's care. When you bring your pet in for surgery, we will need 5 to 10 minutes of time to fill out paperwork and make decisions on the blood testing and other options available. When you pick up your pet after surgery you can also plan to spend about 10 minutes to go over your pet's home care needs. We will call you the night before your scheduled surgery appointment, to confirm the time you will be dropping your pet off and to answer any questions you might have. In the meantime, please don't hesitate to call us with any questions about your pet's health or surgery.