When your pet requires surgery, it can be a stressful and confusing time. However, with the help of your veterinarian and technicians at your animal hospital, you and your pet can get through this difficult time. Continue reading to learn more about what to expect when your pet needs surgery.
Before the Surgery
It is important to follow all of your veterinarian’s instructions prior to your pet’s surgery. These instructions will likely include withholding your pet’s food about six to ten hours before the surgery. Unless instructed otherwise, your pet should still be able to drink water until a couple hours before the surgery. Depending on the type of surgery or condition of your pet, your veterinarian may give you further instructions. Follow these instructions as best as possible, and always ask for more information if you are concerned or confused.
During the Surgery
Depending on your pet’s condition, the length and level of difficulty for the surgery may change. Your pet will be kept comfortable and given an intravenous catheter to administer anesthesia and other fluids as needed throughout the surgery and into recovery. Once your pet has been sedated, an endotracheal tube will be inserted into your pet’s throat to administer oxygen. After your pet is fully sedated, the surgery can begin.
After the Surgery
After the surgery, your pet will take a few minutes to a few hours to fully awaken from the anesthesia. Depending on the surgery and recovery, your pet may need to stay at the animal hospital overnight. You will be notified and updated to your pet’s condition and recovery. Once you can take your pet home, it is imperative to follow the veterinarian’s directions to best assist your pet during his recovery. If you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to contact the animal hospital.
Bring your pets to Horizon Animal Hospital for all surgeries and procedures. We have a large and completely updated surgery department in Scottsdale, AZ, so your pets will be well taken care of. We are available to answer your questions at (480) 800-4559.