3 Things to Do to Prepare Your Pet for Surgery

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If your pet requires surgery because of an illness or injury, preparing them for the big day can be stressful. However, there are a number of things that you can do in advance to ensure that their surgery and recovery go smoothly. Here are 3 things that you can do prior to your pet surgical services Mckean PA.

Understand the Pre-Surgery Guidelines

Oftentimes, animals are not allowed to have food or water for at least 8-10 hours before surgery, and sometimes for an entire 24 hours before. They are sometimes also not able to take medication. Be sure to ask your doctor exactly what the rules are so you do not make any mistakes that could cause the surgery to have to be moved-or worse- cause your pet to have surgical complications.

Get Food That is Easy to Eat  

It is quite common for pets to have no appetite after anesthesia, but it is still important that they eat and drink so that they do not become dehydrated. Purchase or make food that is enticing to your pet, even if it isn’t their regular brand. If they have had surgery anywhere near their mouth, be sure to have soft food available, as chewing may be tough for the first few days of recovery.

Prepare Your Pet’s Recovery Area

Set up a comfy pad or blankets in your pet’s crate, or if you have other animals in the home, create a space where your pet can be alone to recover if they need some quiet time. You may also want to wash any bedding to lower the risk of infection.

Surgery for a beloved pet is never easy, but preparing some things in advance can make things a bit less overwhelming. Simply follow these guidelines and your vet’s advice and your faithful friend will be better in no time. 

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