As a pet owner, your beloved animal friends are important members of your family. They offer you love unconditionally, which is why you want to be there for them when they need you. After all, they completely depend on you to protect them and make sure they’re taken care of when they need it.


That’s why when your furry family member needs surgery, it can be a worrisome time. At Normandale Vet Hospital in Edina, we’ll do everything we can to assure you that your pet is loved and cared for when he or she comes in for surgery. Follow this advice and we’ll take care of the rest.   


1.      Know your pet is in good hands.

When your pet comes in surgery, you can rest easy knowing we’ll love and care for them as if they were our own pet. Our team of caring veterinarians brings decades of experience to the table and a powerful commitment to keeping your pets safe and healthy. We’re animal lovers who love helping Edina’s pets stay healthy and safe, and we’ll do everything we can to get your furry friends’ happy tails wagging again fast.


2.      Make sure your pet fasts before anesthesia.

If your furry family members are going to need anesthesia, they’ll need to fast before the procedure. That’s because anesthesia makes it more likely that your pet could suffer from aspiration pneumonia if they become emetic during the procedure.


Young animals and those with diabetes may be permitted a small amount of food or water ahead of time, so it’s important to find out what your vet’s recommendations are. Although it can be tough to watch your pet acting hungry before the procedure, just reassure them and offer plenty of love and hugs. Their safety is the most important thing.


3.      Let the vet know about medications.

Any medications and dosages that your pet is on need to be disclosed before the procedure. Because of interactions with the surgery, your vet may restrict your pet’s medication the day of the procedure. You may also need to bring the medications to the vet. It’s important to talk to your vet and find out exactly what the procedure is for your pet.


4.      Be prepared on the day of the procedure.

Make sure you understand exactly what your vet expects of you on the day of the procedure. You may also need to bring your pet’s special food if they’ll need to stick to a particular diet after the procedure. If your pet has a favorite blanket or lovey for comfort, you might consider bringing these items as they can help your pet feel more at ease during recovery or the ride home. And be sure to give your pal plenty of love before the procedure. All those furry hugs will make waiting a little easier on your pet’s human parents.


5.      Be ready for aftercare.

Before you bring your furry family member home, it’s important to prepare a recovery space for your little friend. This should be a space that’s both comfy and quiet for the healthiest possible recover. If you’ve got other pets or young children, make sure your pet will have privacy and a low noise level. You may also want to place their favorite blanket or belongings nearby so they’re reassured and make food and water easy to access.


Contact our Edina, Minnesota Veterinary Hospital

Your furry family members are there for you on your toughest days with happy purrs and puppy snuggles. That’s why when you have the chance to be there for them, you’re more than happy to step up and offer them the best care in Minnesota.


At Normandale Vet Hospital, we love helping Minnesota pets stay healthy and live long, happy lives with the humans they love.  If you need emergency care or would like to schedule an appointment for medical treatment, call us at 952-831-8272 or send a message to on our contact page.