No pet owner likes to think about their pet undergoing surgery, but sometimes it's necessary. If our veterinarian has recommended that your pet undergoes a surgical procedure, there are some things you can do to help prepare. We at Miami Shores Animal Clinic serving Miami, FL, know how you can help get your pet ready for surgery day.
Understand the Pet Surgical Procedure
First, make sure you understand the procedure that will be performed and why it's necessary. Surgeries for dogs and cats can be very different. Ask our veterinarian any questions you have so that you can feel confident and comfortable with the decision. Once you've decided to move forward with surgery, you can do a few things to help your pet.
Give Them Plenty of Care
Your pet is likely to be feeling anxious about the upcoming surgery, so it's important to give them plenty of love and attention in the time before the surgery. Try to keep them calm and help them relax by spending some extra time petting them or playing with them before they go under.
Don't Feed Your Pet Right before Pet Surgery
Your vet will likely advise you not to feed your pet for a period of time before the surgery. This is because anesthesia can cause nausea and vomiting. Check with your vet for specific instructions on when to stop feeding your pet.
Follow Our Veterinarian's Instructions
Our vet will give you specific instructions on how to prepare your pet for surgery. It's important that you follow these instructions carefully. In general guidelines, you may be asked to:
- Withhold food and water for a period of time before the surgery
- Bring your pet in on a leash or in a carrier
- Provide a recent history of your pet's health, including any medications your pet is taking
If you have any questions or concerns about preparing your pet for surgery, be sure to ask our vet. He can help address any concerns you may have.
Schedule a Pet Care Appointment with Us
Preparing your pet for surgery can seem like a daunting task, but it’s important to remember that our vet is here to help. By following their instructions and keeping an open line of communication, you can help ensure that your pet's surgery goes as smoothly as possible. Call us at (305) 757-3030 Miami Shores Animal Clinic in Miami, FL, for any pet care needs you may have for both cats and dogs.