Preparing For Your Pet’s Surgery


Veterinarian doing knee surgery on small dogPreparing For Your Pet’s Surgery

Your pet has been scheduled for a “Surgery/Anesthesia” appointment. This means that your pet will undergo anesthesia and a medical or surgical procedure . Here are a few things to consider that may help you and your pet prepare for your this procedure.

    • General anesthesia is best performed on an empty stomach. Ideally your pet, should be fasted for about 12 hours prior to undergoing anesthesia.
    • Drinking water is completely safe and your pet should not be restricted from water.
    • Please let your pet urinate and defecate prior to the procedure if possible.
    • If your pet has previously undergone anesthesia, please let your medical team know which of the following potential reactions to anesthesia best describes your pet’s last response:
      • Completely normal at discharge
      • Somewhat quiet or sleepy the day of discharge and completely normal later that night
      • Really sleepy or tired at discharge but completely normal the next day.
      • Really sleepy and tired the day of surgery and still sleepy the next day but normal by evening the next day
      • Took several days to be back “to normal” after surgery.
      • Had significant reaction to anesthesia

Ask your Veterinarian about what postoperative care considerations you may have to plan for based on your pet's procedure. Please contact us if you ever have any questions when preparing for your pet's procedure. Once a pet has been scheduled for a procedure there are few things you can do when preparing for your pet's Surgery

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