5 Tips to Prepare for Pet Surgery

5 Tips to Prepare for Pet Surgery

Our Quincy veterinarian understands that pet surgery, including routine spay/neuter, can be a stressful and anxious experience for pet owners.

While the word “surgery” may sound scary, the process itself does not have to be. With proper preparation, your pet’s surgery can be as easy and stress-free as possible. Following these five steps to prepare:

Pet Surgery: What to Do Before and After the Procedure

#1: Understand the procedure. Even a routine pet wellness procedure, like spaying or neutering, can cause anxiety when we do not know what to expect. Our Quincy veterinarian will explain the procedure in detail. For more complex procedures, like orthopedic surgery, we will discuss the surgery’s goals. Not every pet is a good candidate for every procedure. Our vet wants to be sure that you understand the procedure’s purpose and are confident that it is the right choice for your pet.

#2: Prepare your pet. Food should be restricted roughly 12 hours in advance of surgery. Generally, we schedule pet wellness operations for the morning. Pets should be fed a dinner, but no breakfast. While water is not prohibited, we recommend restricting intake. An empty stomach is essential to preventing anaphylaxis, should a negative reaction to anesthesia occur.

#3: Be ready for anesthesia. We recommend blood work several days prior to anesthesia administration. The purpose of this blood work is to detect otherwise undiagnosed health conditions that might interfere with the safe administration of anesthesia.

#4: Prepare to take your pet home. For morning operations, your pet will generally be ready to return home in the late afternoon, although this can vary based on the procedure. Keep in mind that while the anesthesia will have worn off, your pet will still be very tired and may even a bit groggy. Be prepared to carry or assist your pet when entering the car and then entering your home.

#5: Limit post-surgical activity. After a day or two, your pet may be eager to play. Restricting activity is essential, however, to ensuring your pet safely heals. In general, our veterinarian advises no off-leash play for one week.

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