Surgery from a Pet’s Perspective

Dog’s point of view:

Where are we going?! We are going for a ride, don’t care where just happy to be with my humans! Oh boy, we are going to the vet! I love those girls there…they give me lots of treats, and it’s a good thing because my people forgot to feed me this morning, even though I tried to remind them a couple of times! They are always so happy to see me at the vet, they talk so sweet to me and give great belly rubs!

I get weighed and then we go and have a party in one of the exam rooms. My people are talking to the ladies..something about me being neutered. Not sure what that means, but they never hurt me here so I am not worried, although the other day I did get a little poke when they took some blood, but boy then I really got a ton of treats so I didn’t mind at all! Then the doctor comes in and talks about me taking a little nap, that sounds great, I’m a little tired from all of this excitement. They all say goodbye to my people and I get to go in the back where they listen to my heart and take my temperature. I don’t mind this part because they do it every time I come in so I am use to it now. Then they remember that I can have a “treat”! It’s delicious and they say it will help me with any discomfort from my “neuter”. The girls then take me to my kennel which smells great and is nice and comfy for my nap.

A little bit later they take me out to go potty and I get another poke but I barely notice because there are so many great smells to discover out here. I am getting a little sleepy though so we head back in so I can finish my nap. Twenty min later they come in get me and I get a ride up on this cool table. They gave me a little haircut on one of my front legs, and I get another little poke..but at this point I am so tired I don’t really even feel it. The ladies tell me I’m doing great and I’ll be really sleepy in a minute.

Recovery - Oakview Vet Plover Stevens Point WI
“Nado” is recovering from surgery all bundled up with his buddy for comfort.

I didn’t know it but while I was out for a little bit I got a pedicure and a shave down by my…. Well in other areas! There were monitors hooked up to me and the doctor and girls listened and watched me the entire time to make sure I was doing ok. I got to lay on a nice warm airy blanket to keep me warm, and got fluids through the poke in my arm to make sure I stayed hydrated and to keep my blood pressure stable.

When I wake up I am cocooned in a toasty warm blanket and feeling pretty good… WAIT, something is missing..what happened to my….!! The girls tell me I won’t be needing them anyway and that I will be healthier without them. I guess I will believe them since they take sure good care of me  Later that afternoon my people come to get me. They have a chat with one of the nice ladies to learn how to take care of me and my incision to make sure I recover well. They say no running, no jumping, and no fun for a few days.. but then after that I am good to go. It’s been a great day at the vet!

Cat’s point of view:

What the heck is going on..I was taking this great nap in the morning sun when my servants scooped me up and put me in this plastic box and in to the car. They forgot to feed me as I so nicely reminded all the way to Oakview! When we got there they opened the lid of my carrier instead of pulling me out which was really nice so I could just sit in there still. Everyone at Oakview is pretty nice..for being a human, I guess. After talking to my servant people about going to the dentist today the Oakview ladies gave me a nice home for the day. It smelled great, had some water, litterbox, and a place for me to hide if I wanted. I still tried to tell them that I didn’t get fed though so I did get a little chewable treat that they said was “medicine” but tasted great! Some time later they brought me back out and poked me with this sharp needle which I did not appreciate but in a couple of minutes I didn’t care because I was feeling pretty sleepy.

When I woke up my mouth felt a little funny but nice and clean. I think I may be missing a couple of teeth I previously had but my mouth feels much better and doesn’t stink like it did. I guess I will let my humans bring me again if it makes me feel like this.

Dental - Oakview Vet Plover Stevens Point WI
This kitty is under general anesthesia and ready to get her teeth worked on.

They told my servant people when they came to pick me up that I get to have some canned food for a few days..wahoo! Man, I am going to milk this as long as I can. They also told them that I stayed nice and warm under some heated blankets while I was getting my dental and they watched me on a monitor the whole time to make sure I was doing well. They said they thought I would do just fine anyway since they checked my bloodwork and looked at me the other day. The girls also took radiographs of all of my teeth so they could see if they were healthy or had to be removed. I guess I won’t scream so much next they take me for a ride since all in all it was a pretty ok day.

 

Monica - Oakview Vet Plover Stevens Point WIby Monica Waltenberry, CVT

Monica joined us in 2012, bringing previous experience with her.  She calls herself a “Chronic Student” having an Associates Degree in Marketing and in Business Management/Entrepreneurship. In 2014, through Purdue University, she became a Certified Veterinary Technician.
Monica acts as our primary surgical technician and has a special interest in working with exotic pets.
When not working, if the season allows, you will see her out on the Softball Fields as she is an avid softball player. Monica shares her home with her boyfriend Ryan Miller, 4 children, 3 dogs, 1 ferret, 2 cats, 1 Quaker Parakeet, and 1 Amazon Parrot.

Monica - Oakview Vet Plover Stevens Point WI
Certified Veterinary Technician at

Monica joined us in 2012, bringing previous experience with her. She calls herself a "Chronic Student" having an Associates Degree in Marketing and in Business Management/Entrepreneurship. In 2014, through Purdue University, she became a Certified Veterinary Technician.
Monica acts as our primary surgical technician and has a special interest in working with exotic pets.
When not working, if the season allows, you will see her out on the Softball Fields as she is an avid softball player.
Monica shares her home with her boyfriend Ryan Miller, 4 children, 3 dogs, 1 ferret, 2 cats, 1 Quaker Parakeet, and 1 Amazon Parrot.

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