There's no denying you love your pet. And when it comes to your pet's health, you do everything you can to ensure he doesn't get sick. But truth is, sometimes pets do get sick or injured regardless of how much you try to prevent it from happening. Thankfully, though, your local vet can remedy many injuries and sicknesses, even if it means performing an inpatient surgery. Here's a quick look at a few tips you can follow to help prepare for an inpatient surgery at your local vet.
Get ready for fasting
While you won't be required to fast, your pet likely will. In fact, if any type of anesthesia is going to be used during the surgery, then your pet will need to fast at least four to 12 hours before the scheduled surgery. Why is that pets need to fast before surgery? Because the tranquilizers and anesthesia decrease the swallowing reflex in your pet, meaning if they throw up during surgery, they are likely to get choked. To prevent aspirating, it is paramount that food be avoided as well as drinking for several hours before the surgery. If you are unsure as to how long before surgery your pet needs to avoid drinking and eating, make sure you ask your vet at least 24 hours in advance.
Bring a normal meal with you
What does your pet normally eat? Whatever it is, you will want to bring along a meal with you for after the surgery. Your pet may not be able to eat for a couple of hours after the surgery has been performed, but as soon as the vet gives the okay, a normal meal should be available because your pet will more likely to keep it down than some other type of food he or she isn't accustom to eating. If for some reason your pet is going to be on a special diet, you will want to find out beforehand to ensure you can meet the specifics of the diet.
Day of surgery
On the day of surgery you will want to arrive about 15 minutes earlier than your scheduled appointment; this will allow you plenty of time to fill out any paperwork that needs to be completed. Also, make sure you leave a contact number for the vet to reach you at. You should be available at this number for the entirety of the surgery in case the vet has any questions he needs answered regarding your pet. If your pet is on any medications, you need to let the vet know because medications can possibly interfere with the surgical procedure.