Prepping Your Pet for Surgery

What Can I Do to Prep My Pet for Surgery?

Even routine surgical procedures can be stressful for pets and pet owners. It is critical that you follow the advice of your veterinarian in order to help ensure the procedure goes as smoothly as possible. It is not a good idea to feed your dog or cat on the morning of the operation unless you are specifically instructed to do so by your vet—a good rule of thumb is to feed your pet no later than 10 p.m. on the night before the operation, and remove their water bowl first thing in the morning on the day of the operation.

It can also be helpful to groom or bathe your pet before an operation—this helps eliminate bacteria and reduce the risk of infection. If you have a dog or cat that spends a lot of time outside, be sure to keep them in on the night before the procedure so you can keep track of what and when they eat.

How Can I Prepare for My Pet’s Surgery?

Any type of surgical procedure carries some amount of risk, and it’s only natural for pet owners to feel some anxiety leading up to their pet’s surgery. Keep in mind that your vet has your animal’s best interest at heart, just like you do. Focus on destressing; if you can, take the day off of work and make yourself available in case the vet needs to get in contact with you.

What Happens After the Surgery?

Depending on the nature of the surgical procedure performed, there may be additional steps you need to take before your pet can get back into his or her normal routine. This might include new dietary restrictions, application of a collar, cast or brace, medication or even physical therapy. Listen carefully to your vet’s advice after surgery and check back if you have any specific questions. With a little time and TLC, your pet will return to top shape in no time!