What can I expect when my pet has surgery?
We will ask you to remove your pet’s food at 8 p.m. the evening before surgery, and water at midnight, to prevent regurgitation during anesthesia, which can lead to aspiration pneumonia. If blood work has not been performed recently, it will be run after your pet is dropped off the morning of their procedure. Approximately 30 minutes before your pet’s surgery, premedications will be administered to help them relax, and prevent surgical pain. After anesthesia is induced with an injectable medication, a breathing tube will be placed, and your pet will be maintained with gas anesthesia. Your pet will be closely monitored for the slightest sign of complications throughout the procedure, so we can intervene promptly if needed.
After your pet’s procedure, we may administer additional pain medications to keep them comfortable and help them recover without undue stress. Medications are often sent home to control pain and inflammation. It is important that you monitor your pet at home for postoperative complications, such as bleeding, swelling, and suture dehiscence, and call us immediately if you have any concerns.
Contact us to schedule your pet’s surgery, or with any questions you may have about their upcoming procedure.