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Posted on 12-18-2012

Preparing for Pet Surgery: What You Need to Know

Our Canton veterinarian understands that any pet surgery at our veterinary clinic, no matter how routine, can be a stressful experience for pets and their owners. As part of our commitment to wellness pet services, our goal is to make your pet’s surgery as easy as possible. Knowing what to expect and how to prepare helps take away the stress and make the process easier. Here’s how to prepare your pet:

preparing for pet surgery in Canton.jpgOur Veterinary Clinic Shares Tips for Pet Surgery Preparation

#1: Complete diagnostic blood work. If anesthesia will be administered, your pet will need to undergo diagnostic blood work in advance of the operation. This blood work can help our vet identify undiagnosed health conditions that could cause complications. We recommend blood work as part of our wellness pet services.

#2: Restrict food and water prior to surgery. Depending on the type of operation, we recommend no food 12 hours in advance. An empty stomach reduces the risk for an unpleasant reaction should your pet experience an unexpected allergic reaction to the anesthesia.

#3: Be ready to care for your pet at home. Routine operations like spaying or neutering are typically performed in the morning; pets will be monitored following the procedure and are then released once the anesthesia wears off. Keep in mind that your pet will be very drowsy and may need assistance being placed in your car and carried into your home.

#4: Understand activity restrictions. After surgery, your pet will need to be confined for recovery. If you have a puppy or kitten, your pet may be eager to play. However, it’s important to follow the veterinarian’s recovery instructions and limit activity. You may slowly build up to short walks, but we recommend no off-leash time for at least 5 to 7 days.

#5: Help manage your pet’s pain. Our vet will send your pet home with medication for pain management. We will also explain how to change or clean a pet’s bandage, should that be necessary. Some dogs may need an Elizabethan collar to prevent them from licking their stitches.

Has your pet had surgery before?

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