Surgical procedures can be nerve-racking for owners and their animals. Understanding your animal’s surgical experience can make the procedure less stressful for you and your pet.
In preparation for your pet’s anesthetic, be aware of the following procedures your Vet may ask of you:
- Fasting: this is where you must with-hold food 8 hours prior to your pet’s surgery to minimize and reduce potential complications.
- Current Medications: Prior to admission check with your Vet whether to withhold the medication/bring in the medication or to continue as normal on the medication.
- Admission: your pet will have a pre-anesthetic examination with the vet prior to the surgery to determine your pet’s health for the surgery.
- You can also check your pet’s health by having a pre-anesthetic blood test. By performing a blood test we can evaluate major organ function of the liver and kidneys. The function of the liver and kidneys is especially important because these organs process and rid the body of the drugs used during surgery.
- Intravenous fluids are an additional precaution resulting in a safer anesthetic. This improves your pets anesthetic by:
- Maintaining good blood pressure
- Correction of dehydration that may be present by animals fasted over night
- Ability to rapidly replace fluid loss during surgery
- Rapid access to a vein in an emergency.
- Post op care: your pet may feel a little drowsy and uncoordinated while the anesthetic wares off. To maintain the best recovery it is best to keep them warm and cozy. All exercise should be kept to a minimum to reduce the chance of the stitches being pulled out. Keep an eye out for
- Licking/pulling stitches
- Continued drowsiness after 24 hours post surgery
Remember all anesthetics have risks. However modern drugs used these days have minimal impacts on the vital organs. Your pet is also closely monitored by using a variety of devices and direct supervision. Vital signs such as heart rate, respiration rate, oxygen saturation and blood pressure are monitored closely to ensure a safer anesthetic for your pet.