How To Prepare Your Pet For Surgery

How to Prepare Your Pet for Surgery

If you own a pet, there’s a good chance that at some point you will take him to an animal hospital to undergo surgery. At the very least, pets typically undergo either a spay or neuter procedure. This can help control animal populations and may reduce the risk of some types of cancer and other diseases. If you live in or near Durham, NC, and need to speak with a vet, contact us at the Alexander At The Park Veterinary Hospital. A “veterinarian near me” is here to help.

Getting Your Companion Ready for Surgery

Before we jump into prepping your pets, it’s worth pointing out that these are generalized tips. A vet on our team may offer more specific instructions. In some cases, the vet’s recommendations may overrule these recommendations. As a pet owner, it’s smart to ask questions.

First, pets shouldn’t eat or drink (including water) during the morning before their surgery. Make sure you pick up all the water bowls, treats, and food bowls. Keep them away from human foods as well.

The reason humans and pets are discouraged from eating or drinking before surgery is because they might vomit when they are under anesthesia. This could result in choking, which could lead to death. Even with seemingly minor operations, like a spay and neuter procedure at an animal hospital, it’s necessary to avoid food and water.

As a pet owner, you may have many questions. It’s wise to speak with a vet to clear everything up. Knowledge is power and having a better understanding of why the surgery is needed, what it will entail, and what the recovery will look like, can help.

Caring for Your Pet after Surgery

Your pet will likely be groggy and lethargic after surgery. He may have trouble walking, so make sure you move slowly. At home, set up his most comfortable bed in a quiet area. This way, he can relax and recover.

Get Vet Care and Spay or Neuter from Our Animal Hospital

Residents who live in or around Durham, NC, should contact us at Alexander At The Park Veterinary Hospital if they have any questions about how to prepare for pet surgery. Call us at (919) 484-9900 to get vet care and spay or neuter surgery from a “veterinarian near me” at our animal hospital.


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