Veterinarian Tips to Help Prepare for a Pet Surgery
We at North Heights Veterinary Clinic in Appleton know that the thought of bringing your pet in for even a routine surgery can be a stressful experience. Your veterinarian at North Heights Veterinary Clinic is committed to making sure your pets' surgery is successful. There are steps pet owners can take before a pet surgery to help ensure a successful operation.
Bathe the Pet
The veterinarian will, of course, clean the surgical area and create a sterile environment before surgery, but bathing your pet ahead of time can reduce the amount of time the vet needs to take to clean your pet. By cleaning ahead of time, you are reducing the amount of time the pet needs to be under anesthesia. It would be best if you also washed any of the pets' bedding so that they have a sterile environment to recover in when they get home.
Do Not Feed Your Pet before Surgery
We know seeing your pet hungry is hard, but it is imperative that you do not feed your pet before surgery. If the pet vomits during operation and has food in its stomach, it can lead to severe complications or death. We recommend feeding the pet their last meal 24 hours before surgery. Also, you should restrict access to water the morning of the surgery. If you give your pet medications, please call us to ask if that should be done before surgery.
Make Sure Your Pet Goes to the Bathroom before Being Admitted
It can be common for a pet to lose control of its bladder or bowels as a result of the anxiety caused by being at the vet's office. This can be unsanitary, so it is essential to make sure your pet goes before being dropped off at our office.
Inform Your Veterinarian of Any Medications Your Pet Takes before Your Pet’s Surgery
Medications could complicate the surgery, so we need to be able to plan ahead of time. You will also want to include any holistic medicines you may be giving your pet, as any number of these substances could interact negatively with the anesthetic given to your pet during his surgery.
If you have questions or concerns about your pet's upcoming surgery, please give your veterinarian at North Heights Veterinary Clinic today. We proudly serve the Appleton area.