Troutdale Pet Surgery Preparation: What to Expect, How to Get Ready

Troutdale Pet Surgery Preparation: What to Expect, How to Get Ready

Is your pet scheduled for surgery? Anticipating an upcoming surgery can be stressful, even for a routine procedure such as spay and neuter. You may be wondering how to prepare your pet and what to expect following the operation. Pet surgery preparation will ensure that the entire procedure goes as smoothly as possible with minimal stress and discomfort to your pet.

How to Prepare for Veterinary Surgery

Our Gresham veterinarian recommends that pet owners follow these steps to prepare:

#1: Understand the procedure. When you have a clear understanding of what will happen, you know what to expect and how to get ready. Our veterinarian Dr. DeRemer is always happy to answer any questions you may have. Our veterinary team will walk you through each step of the surgery, explaining what will happen and the operation’s expected outcome.

#2: Complete diagnostic blood work. If your pet will be under anesthesia, diagnostic blood work should be performed several days in advance. This blood work gives our vet a snapshot of your pet’s inner health, including conditions that might contraindicate the use of anesthesia. We put your pet’s safety first!

#3: Prepare for the procedure. Prior to pet surgery, we generally recommend withholding food at least 12 hours in advance. An empty stomach reduces the risk for asphyxiation, should an allergic reaction to anesthesia occur.

#4: Be ready to take your pet home. After the procedure, your pet will be under our supervised care until the anesthesia wears off. Depending on the procedure’s complexity and risk for side effects, we may also keep your pet overnight for supervision. In most cases, pets can be released late in the afternoon. Keep in mind that your pet may not be able to walk and will need assistance entering your car and home.

#5: Administer pain medication. After surgery, we will send your pet home with detailed recovery instructions, including pain medication. Depending on the operation, you may also need to change your pet’s bandages or prevent your pet from licking stitches.

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