Knowing your pet is in need of surgery is understandably a stressful and scary time. Everyone has questions, concerns, and confusion. We want to assure you that with are experienced doctors and staff, your pet is in good hands. We are training in handling neuters, spays, mass removals, exploratory surgeries, and more. It is our goal to make sure both pet and owner are prepared so that your furry friend is on the road to recovery as fast as possible.
We want you to be well-informed on what to expect from your pet’s surgery. You will be given a set of instructions to follow, so that you can prepare your pet for the procedure.
If your pet needs anesthesia during surgery, fasting is necessary. Because anesthesia drugs inhibit the swallowing reflex, that last thing we want is for your pet to vomit from he drugs while he or she is under. This is incredibly dangerous as your pet risks inhaling the vomit into the lungs, or aspirating. It is imperative that you follow any fasting instructs, though water is permitted in order to prevent dehydration.
Your pet may or may not be allowed to take his normal medication (if any) before surgery. It is something you must speak with your veterinarian about. In any case, be sure to drop the meds off with your pet in the morning so that the medication can be taken after the surgery.
Typically, we ask that you drop your pet off very early in the, no matter the time of the surgery. We may need to run blood work, take x-rays, or administer IV fluids as part of the surgery prep. You will also need to fill about several documents upon arrival, so be prepared to set aside some time for that before you leave.
You will again be given instructions and advice on how best to help your pet recover from surgery. If your pet must stay with us for a while longer after surgery for monitoring purposes, visit as much as you can. A familiar face will really brighten your pet up during such a difficult time.
When taking your pet home, he or she may still be feeling the affects of anesthesia. So, make sure to find a quiet, comfortable, and contained place for your pet to rest. Restrict any activity to a minimum to avoid injury or opening up any stitches, only allow your pet outside for bathroom breaks.
Be sure to keep an eye on the surgical site. Keep your pet from picking at the area or disturbing it in any way. If you notice any oozing, strange odors, or excessive bruising, call us immediately. During times like these we have to work together to ensure a speedy and successful recovery.