Surgery can be a scary experience for pets, and proper preparation can help make things go more smoothly. If your pet needs surgery, it’s important to know how to prepare them for the procedure. This blog post will discuss the best ways to prepare your pet for surgery. We’ll cover everything from what foods to avoid before surgery to how to handle your pet’s anxiety. By following these tips, you can help ensure that your pet has a smooth and comfortable experience during their surgery!
What To Know About Anesthesia
Pets undergoing surgery often receive anesthesia to keep them pain-free and still during the procedure. Vets can use various methods to administer anesthesia to pets, and the type used will depend on the animal’s individual needs. In general, however, most anesthetics work by depressing the central nervous system, which leads to anesthesia. Vets may give pets general anesthesia, which leads to anesthesia throughout the entire body, or regional anesthesia, which numbs only a specific area.
Anesthesia can have side effects such as drowsiness, vomiting, and diarrhea, but most animals recover quickly once the anesthetic has worn off. In some cases, pets may experience more severe side effects such as heart arrhythmias or difficulty breathing. However, these side effects are rare and typically only occur in animals who are elderly or have pre-existing health conditions.
The Week Before
Preparation the week before your dog’s operation may seem early, but your vet might need to complete additional tests before they put your pet under general anesthesia. The most common tests performed during and after surgery include blood work, X-rays, ultrasounds, and other critical diagnostics for your dog’s treatment and general health. Also, check with your veterinarian about whether it’s time for a new round of vaccines.
Some veterinarians may advise against immunization depending on your dog’s health and medical history. It’s also a good moment to figure out how you’ll transport your dog to the hospital for surgery and back.
The Night Before
The night before your pet’s surgery can be a bit hectic. You’re probably running around getting last-minute things done, and your pet is likely feeling a bit anxious. So here are a few tips to help you both get through the night before surgery:
First, try to keep your pet calm. Feeling stress will only make the surgery more difficult. Give them some extra attention and cuddles, and keep their routine as normal as possible.
Second, make sure they have an easy-to-digest dinner. Surgery can be hard on the stomach, so it’s best to feed them something light that won’t make them sick. Chicken and rice are always a good choice.
Third, if your pet takes medication regularly, check with your veterinarian to see if they need to take it the night before surgery. Some medications can interfere with anesthesia, so it’s important to get instructions from your vet.
Finally, make sure you have everything you need packed and ready to go for the next day. This includes leashes, collars, ID tags, and any medication your pet will need after surgery.
The Morning Of
You may be required to leave your dog at a veterinarian’s office in the morning. This gives them time to conduct any further testing, blood draws, and catheter placement before the procedure, so make sure to arrive on time. Double-check to ensure that the front desk has your up-to-date contact information so they may reach out with any updates.
Your veterinarian will provide you with thorough instructions on caring for your dog following his operation. If there is an incision, your veterinarian may send him home with an E-collar; if not, he’ll likely need to take a few pain relievers and anti-inflammatory drugs to minimize the chance of secondary infections. Puppy owners may worry that their dog will not like the cone of shame, but leaving the collar on until the incision has healed lowers the chance of reopening.
Restricted activity may be required for your dog by their veterinarian. This can be difficult with high-energy breeds, but it is crucial for optimum recovery. Place your dog in his crate or talk to your veterinarian about a sedative. Your vet will most likely instruct you not to bathe your dog or expose the incision for the first two weeks (or until the sutures dissolve).
Following your veterinarian’s instructions precisely will aid in the speedy recovery of your dog. If you find that your dog’s incision is causing him discomfort or exhibiting unusual behavior, stop him from aggravating the wound and contact your veterinarian or a local emergency veterinary clinic as soon as possible.
In summary, preparing your pet for surgery requires you to: bathe him before the operation so that the incision is kept dry after it; make sure they have an easy-to-digest dinner; if your pet takes medication regularly, check with your veterinarian to see if they need to take it the night before surgery; and finally, make sure you have everything you need for the next day packed and ready to go. After the surgery, follow your veterinarian’s instructions on post-operative care. This will help your pet recover quickly and safely.