When a physician schedules your precious pup or cat for surgery, it can be a bit stressful for you. While calming yourself down and spending quality time with your pet prior to surgery is important, it takes more than that to get your companion ready for surgery.
So, to provide adequate pre-surgery and post-surgery care for your dog, our Veterinary medical and surgical care experts recommend you do the following.
Fasting is required for any animal who needs anesthesia. Anesthetics lessen your pet's ability to swallow. Pets who vomit from the drugs may not be able to swallow, and as a result, will aspirate the emesis. Potentially, this may lead to aspiration pneumonia, which can be deadly. Some pets may struggle greatly with not having food, but it's important to follow the guidelines to ensure the best outcome for the surgery.
Young animals and pets with diabetes aren't capable of going without food for prolonged periods. Therefore, the vet might suggest they eat a small meal on the morning of the surgery.
Because dehydration is a possibility when pets go long periods of time without water, the veterinarian may allow you to give your pet water.
Make the vet aware of your pet's medications and how often they take them. Some medications are safe to take before the surgery and may be necessary.
Some medications aren't safe to take before surgery, such as blood thinners. Depending on the surgery and when the medications are needed, you may need to provide the vet with the meds.
What to Bring
Ask the vet if there's anything you should bring. For instance, you may need to bring your pet's food since they should stick to their regular diet, especially after going through surgery.
Also, you may want to bring a blanket to make them feel comfortable when you carry them to the car.
Bring your pet to the facility early enough in the morning that they can have testing done if required. Make sure you provide Fluffy with plenty of love on your way to the office.
Bring something for you to do while the surgery is going on. You'll want to have your mind occupied rather than stress over something that you can't control.
Your veterinarian will provide post-operative care immediately after surgery. Understanding when your pet can eat and drink, if medications are required, and how to care for incisions is critical.
To avoid scratching or licking incisions, your pet may need to wear a cone. After surgery, your pet may appear tired and exhibit behavioral abnormalities, which is typical.
Prepare a Space at Home
Prepare a room or area for your pet to recover when he or she gets home. Your pet will need a quiet, comfortable spot away from other pets and children who may bother him or her.
What Are the Most Common Pet Surgeries?
You may be wondering what situation could trigger a surgery on your pet.
Our pet surgery team provides some of the common surgeries for pets:
● Cataract surgery
● Orthopedic surgery
● Dental/oral surgery
● Tumor/skin mass removal
● Spaying and neutering surgery
Schedule Your Pet's Appointment Today
Is your pet developing symptoms that suggest that he or she needs surgery? Do not be troubled as our team at Normandale Vet Hospital of Edina, Minnesota will make sure your pet is prepared for surgery. We are happy to answer any questions you may have for us.
Call us today at 952-831-8272 or schedule an appointment using our online contact form.