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Posted on 02-21-2017

Pet Surgery Preparation: Los Angeles Veterinarian's Advice

The days leading up to pet surgery can be stressful for both you and your pet, but there are steps you can take to prepare your pet and ensure the very best outcome. The main idea is to keep your pet calm and as healthy as possible leading up to surgery, and follow all instructions given by your Los Angeles veterinarian.

Pre-Surgery Fasting: This ensures that, should your pet experience nausea from anesthesia medications, vomit will not cause your pet to choke or inhale vomitus, which can lead to potentially deadly aspiration pneumonia. The number of fasting hours before surgery varies. Exceptions can occur if your pet is diabetic or very young. Diabetic pets may need to drink water and take their usual insulin. Kittens or puppies may be allowed small meals the morning of surgery. Follow your   veterinarian’s instructions carefully.

Ask About Water Intake: Most veterinarians allow pets to drink water during the evening before surgery, so that they don’t become dehydrated. Be sure to check with your veterinarian to be certain.

Pet Medications: Ask your vet if your pet should take usual medications or skip them on the morning of surgery.

Arrive Early: This helps eliminate pre-surgery stress that comes with rushing. It also gives you time to sign pre-surgery paperwork and for your pet to receive any needed pre-surgery testing.

 Pet Surgery Recovery Preparation

Prepare A Home Recovery Area: Find out if you'll need to confine your pet during recovery. Create a quiet spot, put up a child gate in the doorway or prepare the pet crate as directed by your veterinarian. Wash pet bedding to give your pet a clean, comfortable place to rest after surgery. 

Pick Up Supplies In Advance: Get post-surgery meds, special diet and care supplies in advance. This way you have everything needed to care for your pet after surgery, rather than rushing out right away, after bringing your pet home.

If your pet needs surgery, or just a routine health exam or vaccinations, contact our Los Angeles veterinarian. Call Century Veterinary Group at 310-734-0176 today.

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