5 Things To Consider Before Your Pet Gets Surgery
Seeing your beloved pet go through surgery can already be overwhelming, giving rise to a number of questions. While your vet must provide you with instructions, you might have a number of other questions too. There is a lot of information to remember. Is your pet allowed to eat? Are there any medications he needs to take? Is there additional testing that needs to be done before the surgery?
We have gathered a few questions that we run into regarding pet surgery. Read on for more.
- Risks of the surgery
We understand that during an emergency, options are limited but as a general rule, always make sure that you know about all the risks of the surgery that your pet will go through. Even if your vet provides you with all the details, do your own research. It’s better to be well informed and know the risks and the benefits of the surgery.
- What post-operation care is needed?
Before the surgery, it’s very important that you’re aware of the post-op care because when your pet is released from the vet, they’ll be in a vulnerable state and susceptible to all kinds of diseases. Be well aware of the post-operation care that they need and if they need to avoid certain food, temperatures, surroundings etc.
- Make sure your pet is clean and groomed
Before going into surgery, your pet's operation site will be trimmed, cleansed, and sterilised. You can assist the professionals by bringing a clean pet in with you. The longer it takes to clean the wound, the longer your pet will be sedated.
- Make sure your pet is on an empty stomach
This may be the most critical step to take before to surgery. You should not feed your pet after 10:00 p.m. the night before surgery, or according to your veterinarian’s advice. The morning of the surgery, your pet should avoid eating any treats or snacks. Feeding your pet can cause serious complications while your pet is under anesthesia.
- Preparing for an emergency
It’s good to hope for the best but often, we have to be prepared for some complications too. Sometimes, after the surgery, your pet may have to stay overnight at the vet. Ask questions and be prepared for that, if needed. Prepare a small bag with all the things that could be needed, including your pet’s daily medication too, although always check with vet if they can still be administered or not.
We Can Help Your Pet at Eastex Veterinary Clinic
Your pet is an important member of your family, and they should be treated as such. You and your pet will feel welcomed, cherished, and respected each time you step foot in our office at Eastex Veterinary Clinic.
Located in Humble, Texas, we are a fun-loving and family-oriented animal clinic that focuses on the wellbeing of your pet. Our clinic provides you with a full lineup of care options to keep your beloved pet healthy and happy. Whether your dog or cat needs a wellness exam or requires more intensive care, we’re here to help.
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