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Facing the Knife? Preparing your Pet for Surgery

Cat Dog SurgerySending your pet into surgery can be nerve wracking, even if it is just for something routine. Make sure you know how to prepare your pet for a successful surgery!

1. Don’t let them eat after 10 pm the night before …but keep water out

No they are not Gizmo and won’t turn into gremlins. However, preventing your pet from eating after 10 pm the night before surgery will reduce the risk of aspiration while they are intubated. Intubation is where a tube is put down their throat to help your pet breath during the surgery. If they aspirate, or vomit during the surgery, that can cause vomit to get into the intubation tube and into their lungs which can cause some very serious short and long term health problems, as well as potentially kill them if they fully choke on the vomit. If you don’t feed them after 10, they stomach will have digested any food in it and they will have no food to vomit.

Even though your pet can’t eat, he can drink. Make sure to leave water out at all time for them to be able to drink. We don’t want them to become dehydrated.

2. List of Medications

Make sure to tell your vet about any and all medication your pet might be on, this includes holistic and vitamins. Medications can cause unforeseen complications during surgery, but if your vet is aware of them then she can take the necessary precautions to make sure that your pet stays safe.

3. Vaccinate prior to surgery

If your pet has not been vaccinated, make sure to get them vaccinated prior to surgery. Most vets will require that your pets shots be up to date before they are admitted.

4. Add on services

Putting your pet under anesthesia is always risk. Though most young animals will have no complication, there is always a chance. So while your pet is under anesthesia you may want to consider doing some add on services to reduce the number of times your pet has to be put under.

  • Dental cleanings
  • Declaw
  • Microchip – this does not require them to be under general anesthesia, but is can be done while they are under.
  • Nail trim –¬†-this does not require them to be under general anesthesia, but is can be done while they are under.
  • Cherry Eye

Some people worry that getting their cat spayed and declawed at the same time might be too traumatic for their cat. If you are considering a declaw, it is a good idea to consider a simultaneous surgery. They will be able to recover from both surgeries at the same time, instead of double recovery time, and they will only have to be put under the one time.

The other additions are pretty simple to do and are not considered major surgeries, though they do require general anesthetic to be performed.  Additionally, add on services are often less expensive when paired with something else.

Make sure to look at our promotions page for surgical coupons.