How to Prepare for Pet Surgery
Our animals are just as likely to need surgery as we are. Sometimes this may be an elective surgical procedure, such as spaying or neutering. In other instances, your pet might need surgery as part of the diagnostic process – for example, if they need a biopsy taken of an unusual mass to determine what it is. They may need a surgical procedure to remove or fix something, such as to remove a bowel obstruction or pin broken bones. Regardless of why your pet is undergoing surgery, it can be a stressful time for caring and compassionate pet owners who are worried about their furbabies. Fortunately, by knowing what to expect and how best to prepare for those surgeries that you are aware of in advance, you can avoid some of the anxiety you may feel, as well as helping to ensure that your pet’s procedure and recovery goes as smoothly as possible.
Here’s what you need to know about how to prepare for pet surgery in Castle Rock, CO.
Attend your pet’s pre-operative assessment
Before your pet can undergo any sort of surgical procedure, they will need to attend a pre-operative assessment which will be used to check their suitability for the anesthetic and to check that the risks associated with using it aren’t too high. You must attend this appointment otherwise you will almost certainly find that the procedure can’t go ahead. You can also use this opportunity to ask any questions that you may have about any aspect of the surgery or recovery, and this will help you to feel informed and reassured.
Stop any medications (if advised)
If your pet is on medication, you may be advised to stop this several days ahead of the surgery. Alternatively, you may just be asked to forgo the usual dose the day of the surgery itself. You must follow the instructions provided by your vet.
Make sure any vaccinations are up to date
This is particularly important if your furbaby will need to stay in at least overnight following their surgery since there is a chance that they will be close to other animals. However, many vets insist that animals are completely up to date with their vaccinations regardless of whether they require hospitalization following surgery. Usually, any booster vaccines should be administered a minimum of 5 days before surgery to ensure that your pet is fully protected.
Take it easy in the 24 hours before surgery
It can be tempting to take your pet on a long walk or spend lots of time playing with them the night before surgery, but wearing them out can cause their muscles to become sore – and this won’t be much fun for them to contend with if they are also recovering from surgery. Instead, let them take it easy the day before instead.
Follow the on-the-day instructions provided by your vet
The preparations on the day of your pet’s surgery could vary depending on the type of surgery that they are having. However, your vet will have given you specific instructions to follow – such as those relating to not allowing your pet to eat or drink anything. Be sure to follow these precisely. Failing to do so could potentially prevent your pet from having surgery.
Ask about a post-surgical diet
Some animals will require a special diet following their surgery. Your vet should advise you if this is the case for your furbaby and you can then make the necessary preparations by making sure that you have the right food ready. This will enable you to spend time with your pet without worrying about visiting the store for supplies.
Anticipate the recovery period
Again, depending on the type of surgery your pet is having, there may be a significant recovery period whilst your furbaby heals. During this time, they may need to avoid certain activities and exercise, and you will need to create a calm, comfortable environment so that your pet can rest and recuperate without getting overexcited.
Try not to get emotional
Animals are extremely good at detecting the emotions of their owners. As a loving pet parent, you don’t want your anxiety rubbing off on your furry friend. Therefore, as anxious as you might feel, it is important to try not to get too emotional when you say goodbye to your pet. Keep things light-hearted and say goodbye as you would if you were going out to the store or work. You will be reunited with one another before you know it.
For more advice on the best way to prepare your pet for surgery in Castle Rock, CO, please call Brekke Veterinary Clinic at 720-709-2400.