Pets may need surgery for several different reasons—for spaying or neutering, to address an injury, or to treat certain growths or illnesses. If your dog or cat does need surgery, you may be unsure of what to expect while your pet is on the operating table and as he recovers from the procedure. It’s natural to worry about your pet during surgery, but your vet should provide plenty of information to reassure you of your pet’s safety and status. Keep reading for a little more on what you can expect.
Your pet will need extra attention.
Even with relatively simple procedures, your pet will need more monitoring and affection than usual, so you may need to take a few days off work or schedule your pet’s surgery just before a weekend. This way, you can be around to offer reassuring pets, provide medicine on schedule, and monitor your pet’s surgical wound for any signs of infection. Your vet will give you a detailed list of what to look for and how to respond when you see any negative signs.
You may need to confine your pet to speed up healing.
Dogs and cats like to move around, but the more they try to be active directly after surgery, the longer it may take them to heal. You might need to confine your pet to a crate or small room for most of the day, scheduling regular potty and stretch breaks.
You will need to discuss the risks of surgery with your vet.
Any surgical procedure will have risks, and these can increase in older pets as well as pets with certain existing conditions. Therefore, it’s important to have a detailed discussion with your vet before surgery to explore every option and the risks of each. You might also seek a second opinion if your vet does not specialize in surgical care.
For exceptional wellness and surgical care for your dog or cat in Scottsdale, connect with Horizon Animal Hospital at (480) 800-4559. Our surgical suite is outfitted with the most advanced technologies for feline and canine care, and we will spend plenty of time walking you through the details you need to know about your pet’s surgery.