Pre/Post Surgery

Pre-surgical instructions

Your vet will do a check-up on your pet before the surgery to determine if there are any pre-existing conditions that may interfere with the surgical procedure.

  • Make sure your pet is current on his annual vaccinations.
  • Your vet may suggest a blood test to screen for disease not apparent from a physical exam.
  • Your vet will tell you what are the restrictions for food and water, usually no food or water from the night before.

Post-surgical instructions

Chances are your pet will be weak or groggy after surgery. Do not let him get too excited.

  • Restrain your animal with a leash or put him in a carrier when leaving the hospital. This will protect him from additional injury.
  • Provide only small amounts of food and water until he readjusts to being at home and is recovering. Too much food and water can lead to upset stomachs or vomiting.
  • If a special post-surgical diet has been prescribed, follow all instructions carefully.
  • Limit your pet’s exercise. Climbing stairs, jumping or running may open up sutures or cause nausea.
  • Make sure his sleeping area is clean, warm and free of drafts.
  • Your vet may prescribe medication to administer during your pet’s recovery. Follow all label instructions carefully.
  • Sutures are usually removed approximately 10 to 14 days after surgery. Check the area around the incision daily for redness, swelling or drainage. If you detect any irritation, contact your vet immediately.
  • Try to keep your pet from licking or chewing on the wound. If this is difficult to do, you might want to provide a physical barrier by placing an "Elizabethan collar" around his head.