Almost all pets will have to undergo some type of surgery during their lifetime. Advances in medical technology have made surgery and anesthesia safer than ever for both humans and animals. We can tailor an anesthetic protocol based on your pets history and medical status. There are a few things to keep in mind before your pet comes in for surgery:
- The physical stress of surgery may weaken your pets immune system for a short time. Therefore it is important that he or she is vaccinated and free of internal parasites.
- You will need to fast your pet from 8:00 on the night before surgery. Water is fine to leave out during the night but no food.
- If your pet is having elective surgery such as a spay or neuter there are a few options for you to consider. One is pre-anesthetic bloodwork. This will give us a basic look at your pets organs such as the liver and kidney’s as well as indicate abnormalities such as infections, anemia or dehydration. By having a complete picture of your pet’s health we can determine which anesthetic drugs are most appropriate and what extra precautions need to be taken before, during and after the surgery. Another option is IV fluid therapy during the surgery. This will help maintain your pet’s blood pressure as it drops with the anesthetic. It also helps flush the anesthetic through the kidneys after surgery. The IV catheter also gives us immediate access to the bloodstream should complications arise during surgery.
When your pet comes home after surgery you will need to keep him or her quiet and confined for a few days to allow time to heal. Dogs should only go for short leash walks and cats should be confined to a small area of the house. Animals that go home the same day may be a bit groggy from the anesthetic. You will need to keep an eye on them around stairs, table legs etc. They should also only get a small meal that night to prevent vomiting. If they are still hungry a few hours later you can give them a little more.