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Pre and Post-Op Surgical Care
If your pet is scheduled for pet surgery, it is natural to wonder what to expect before and after this procedure. Whether it is a routine operation like spay or neuter, or a more complicated procedure like orthopedic surgery, our veterinarian in Winnipeg is committed to make any surgical procedure as safe and easy as possible. We understand that you may be anxious and nervous about how your pet will respond to surgery and how you can help prepare your pet for this procedure. That’s why our veterinary care team is here to provide complete care instructions and support through each stage of the process.
Pre-Surgery: What to Expect & How to Prepare
Before scheduling pet surgery, our veterinarian in Winnipeg will discuss each possible treatment option with you. While some procedures like spay and neuter are routine and straightforward, other procedures like orthopedic surgery are more complicated with more alternative options. Before moving forward with any procedure, our veterinarian ensures you understand the different treatment options, the possible outcomes, and are confident this is the right choice for you and your pet.
Prior to surgery we will conduct diagnostic blood work to ensure your pet is a good candidate for anesthesia. Diagnostic blood work can identify underlying health conditions that may make it unsafe to administer anesthesia but are not immediately detected with the naked eye. Once we have determined it is safe for your pet to receive anesthesia, we will schedule your pet’s surgery. Typically, surgery is performed in the morning. If this procedure is an outpatient operation, morning surgery gives our veterinary team the afternoon to observe your pet for any complications as the anesthesia wears off. If your pet will be kept overnight for observation, we will contact your following the surgery to let you know it has been completed and the next day when it is time to pick up your pet. Prior to surgery we request that you restrict food intake 12 hours. For morning procedures, this means feeding your pet the night before but not in the morning prior to surgery.
Caring for Your Pet After Surgery: What Happens Next?
When your pet is ready to leave the hospital following surgery, we will send your pet home with pain medication and instructions for post-surgical care. For most pets, this means restricting their activity level for the first 5 to 7 days following a procedure. For example, pets that have been spayed or neutered should not be allowed to run or play with other pets for at least a week in order for their incision to heal. Some pets may need to wear an Elizabethan collar so they do not lick or bite at their stitches. More complicated procedures like orthopedic pet surgery may require rehabilitative care. Our veterinarian in Winnipeg will schedule follow-up appointments to monitor your pets’ recovery.
To learn more about pet surgery, including anesthesia and pain management, call our Winnipeg animal hospital at 204-452-0077.