How to Prepare your Pet for Surgery

Knowing that your pet needs surgery can be difficult and scary. It is important to know how to prepare your pet for surgery so the process goes as smoothly as possible. At Animal Hospital of West Nashville in Nashville, TN, our team of experts will guide you through your pet’s surgery. Our veterinarian will provide you with tips to get your pet ready for surgery and tell you what to expect afterward.

How to Prepare your Pet for Surgery

Preparing Your Pet for Surgery

Just like humans, your dog or cat needs to be prepared in advance for its upcoming surgery. Our vet will give you specific instructions on what to do. Here are some general tips.

The Week Before

Our vet may require additional tests like blood work, radiography, ultrasounds, urinalysis, and other tests before surgery. We will also make sure that your pet is up to date on its vaccinations and other shots. Many people also get their dogs groomed or bathed a few days before surgery.

The Day Before

It is important to know whether or not your pet can eat or drink before the surgery. You should also ask if your pet needs medication in advance. It is also a good idea to make sure your pet’s crate is prepared for its return following surgery.

The Day of the Surgery

Typically, pets should not eat or drink before the surgery, especially if they are undergoing anesthesia. In most cases, you can drop your pet off at our office in the morning and pick your pet up at the end of the day, once our vet knows your pet is well enough to return home.

Post-Surgery Care 

Our vet will provide post-operative care. It is important to know when your pet should be able to eat and drink, if it needs medications, and how to care for incisions. Your pet may need to wear a cone to prevent scratching or licking incisions. Your pet will likely appear lethargic and may show behavior changes after surgery, but this is generally normal.

What Are the Most Common Pet Surgeries?

Our team is experienced in many different types of pet surgery. We can walk you through the procedures. Here are some of the most common surgeries pets need.

  • Dental/oral surgery
  • Orthopedic surgery
  • Spaying and neutering surgery
  • Cataract surgery
  • Tumor/skin mass removal

Schedule Your Pet’s Appointment Today

Our team at Animal Hospital of West Nashville in Nashville, TN will make sure your pet is prepared for surgery. We are happy to answer any questions you have. Call us today to schedule an appointment.



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