No one likes to think about their pet feeling under the weather. With all the joy they bring to our lives, it can hurt to think of your beloved family member undergoing surgery. But sometimes surgery is an unavoidable part of keeping your pet healthy whether you’re bringing her in to get spayed or she needs a routine surgical procedure.


At Normandale Vet Hospital in Edina, we understand how important pets are to their families, and we want to make the surgery process as simple as possible. In this blog post, we’ll share some tips to help your family prepare your pet and home for surgery. We’ll also talk about after-care for your beloved dog or cat.


Planning Ahead for Surgery

For most pet owners, our dogs or cats are one of the brightest spots in our days. No matter what mood we’re in, our pets never judge us. They’re always happy to hang out and offer us their unconditional love and support. That’s why we want to do the same thing for our pets when they need us.


When your pet has been scheduled for surgery, it can be a difficult time for you and your family. You’re worried about your pet’s surgery, but you’re also concerned about how he or she will be feeling and the pain of recovery. Taking the right steps to prepare your pet and your home for your pet’s surgery can help take the stress out of the process and give your pet a safer, more comfortable recovery.


Here are a few things you need to know about surgery:


1.      Find Out if Your Pet Needs to Fast.

For any pets who require anesthesia, fasting ahead of surgery is a requirement. That’s because the anesthesia used during surgery will reduce an animal’s swallowing abilities. If he or she vomits, this can cause the pet to aspirate and possibly lead to aspiration pneumonia.


Although some pets struggle with fasting, it’s important to prevent them from eating before surgery to keep them safe. Some animals may be allowed some food or water, so it’s important to get those guidelines from your vet.


2.      Discuss Medications Ahead of Time.

Some medications are unsafe to take around surgery time, so it’s important to discuss every medication your pet is on with the vet. We’re also happy to answer your questions about the surgery and put your mind at ease.


3.      Prepare for Surgery Day.

Speak to your vet ahead of time to find out if you’ll need to bring your pet’s regular food to the veterinary hospital. You may also want to bring your pet’s beloved blanket or other prized possessions for the ride to and from the vet.


On operating day, bring your cat or dog early if additional testing is needed. We also recommend bringing something to keep your mind occupied during the procedure. Finally, make sure your pet has a quiet place to recover at home.


Edina Surgery for Animals

Although no one likes to think about their best friend going in for an operation, knowing you have a great surgery team on your side can be comforting. At Normandale Veterinary Hospital, we’ll make sure your pet is comfortable and their pain is managed throughout the surgery process. Whether your pet needs routine neutering or spaying or is in need of orthopedic surgery, they’re in good hands with our team.


To speak with a member of our veterinary care team, call us at 952-831-8272, or visit our contact page to send us a message and find out more about our surgical team.