Questions To Ask Before Your Pet’s Surgery

Questions To Ask Before Your Pet’s Surgery

Is your pet having surgery soon? Perhaps a spay or neuter procedure or something else? Pet surgeries are generally safe. However, there are some questions you should ask our veterinarians before the procedure. If you have any questions or concerns, reach out to our team at Chandler Gilbert Animal Hospital in Chandler. Let’s take a look at some of the common questions we run into regarding surgical procedures for pets.

How Do I Prepare My Pet For Surgery?

This is the most important question. Most likely, our veterinarians will instruct you to not give your cat or dog any food up to 24 hours before the surgery. You must follow this advice because your pet’s gag reflex will be suppressed when it is sedated. If your pet vomits food during the procedure, the chances of choking are quite high.

Our veterinarians may also instruct you to withhold water. Usually, you do not have to withhold water for as long as food. That said, whatever instructions our veterinarians give, be sure you follow them closely. Besides food and water, we may provide other pre-surgery instructions.

Will My Pet Be Put under Anesthesia and Is It Safe?

Given the previous question, you may wonder if your pet is being put under anesthesia. That is most likely the case. Pet anesthesia is typically safe with a low risk of complications.

What Are the Signs of Post-surgery Complications?

Post-surgery complications are rare for most pets. That said, infections, wound openings, medication reactions, and other things may occur. It is smart to speak with our veterinarians about things to watch out for after the surgery. If you observe any issues, contact our team immediately.

How Long Will It Take My Pet to Recover?

There is no one answer for this question since the recovery period varies depending on the surgery itself, age, breed, and other factors. We will advise you before the surgery about what you can expect.

Contact Our Veterinarians in Chandler, AZ

Speaking with a veterinarian before your pet’s surgery will keep you well-informed and lay your fears to rest. Call our team at Chandler Gilbert Animal Hospital today at (480) 895-5650 or reach us through our website by using our online appointment form.

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