What You Need To Know About Pet Surgery

pet surgeryDoes your pet have an upcoming surgery scheduled? If so, we want to put your mind at ease. At Beechwold Vet, our veterinarians are fully trained on the latest surgical procedures, use state-of-the-art equipment, and provide extensive surgical aftercare. In short, we treat your pets as if they were our own. And speaking of pet treatment, we’ve compiled some pre- and post-surgery tips so you can help your dog or cat have an optimal surgical experience.

How Can I Prepare My Pet Before Surgery?

There are 3 main things you’ll want to do before bringing your pet in for surgery:

  1. Follow Fasting Instructions. Pets undergoing anesthesia need to fast prior to surgery. While your dog or cat probably won’t like this, it’s for their own safety. Contact our office to find out exactly how long your pet should fast.
  2. Pack for Your Vet Trip. We may ask you to bring in your dog or cat’s normal food or medication on the day surgery is scheduled. Having pets adhere to their regular diet is better than offering them a dog or cat food they’re unaccustomed to.
  3. Prepare a Post-Surgical Area in Your Home. You may be advised to prepare a crate or small area for your dog or cat to rest in at home after the surgery. Having this done in advance of surgery day prevents you from scurrying to put something together once you’ve brought your pet home.

A Special Word About Preparing Cats…

Although cats require medical care just as frequently as dogs, they receive it less often. Research has found this is because cat owners find it difficult to get their cats to go to the vet. We recommend you do your best to resolve this issue by getting your cat used to the crate and travel early on.

You can do this by making the crate as cozy as possible, leaving the door open so your cat can wander in and out, and putting toys and treats in there periodically. It’s also a good idea to get your cat used to taking rides in the car, so car trips aren’t only associated with vet visits.

How Can I Help My Pet Feel Comfortable After Surgery?

To provide your pet with the best possible aftercare, we recommend the following:

  • Don’t Be Alarmed by a Lack of Appetite. Most pets aren’t interested in eating after surgery. It’s nothing to worry about, but should their loss of appetite continue, you may slightly warm their pet food (or provide cats with a pungent smelling food like tuna) to stimulate their interest.
  • Limit Your Pet’s Activities. Please don’t allow your pet to jump and play for 7 days after the surgery or to lick the surgical site. Additionally, you’re going to want to avoid giving your pet a bath for at least 10 days.
  • Stick to the Pain Medication We Suggest. Never give your pet human pain medication. It’s dangerous and can be fatal.
  • Check for Bowel Movements. Many pets don’t have bowel movements in the days immediately following surgery. If your dog or cat doesn’t defecate by the fourth post-surgical day, please call us for advice on which option is best to help move the process along.

Have additional questions about your pet’s upcoming surgery? We’re happy to answer them! You can contact our Columbus office by calling 614.268.8666 during normal business hours. For your convenience, we’re open until 6:30 Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays; 7:30 on Tuesdays and Thursdays; and 3:30 on Saturdays.