We know how upsetting it is when one of our loved ones is under the weather. Even more upsetting is knowing our pets cannot let us know how they’re feeling. At Van Dyke, we abide by the strictest standards of care for all our general surgery standards.

We listen to your concerns and monitor your pet from the moment they arrive to the moment they leave. During surgery, heart rate and blood pressure is constantly monitored just as it would be for a human surgery. Entrusting the care of your loved one for a surgical procedure is a big decision, so we’ve gather the SEVEN questions you should ask before choosing a veterinary practice for your pet’s surgery.

1- What precautions/ lab work is done preoperatively?
Our patients are examined and pre- anesthetic blood work is done in house on the morning of surgery. More extensive lab work can be done through an outside laboratory if needed ( would need to have patient come in 1-2 days prior to scheduled surgery date for blood draw)

2- How long do I have to wait to have my pet’s surgery scheduled?
Our routine procedures can usually be performed within 2 days of physical exam/diagnosis

3- What is the Doctor’s experience doing a particular procedure?
Dr. Kahl has practiced for over 23 years and is dedicated to continuing education ensuring she is skilled in the most current and effective procedures.

4- Is the Doctor’s staff courteous, empathetic and knowledgeable?
We take the time to make sure you know exactly what to expect from start to finish. Our staff is well trained and are equipped to answer all your questions.

5- When does my pet need to be dropped off, when can I pick up?
Our surgeries need to be dropped off between 8-9 am and can typically go home by 4 pm the same day.

6- How is my pet monitored during and after surgery?
In addition to our veterinarian, there is a technician present during surgery monitoring blood pressure , respiration and heart rate equipment.

7- Does the Doctor refer out to other surgeons?
We refer all our orthopedic and thoracic procedures to a Board Certified surgeon. We will always base our decisions on to what is best for the pet.