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Pet Surgery

Although many veterinary surgeries have become commonplace, like spay and neuter operations or oral surgeries, there are still steps you need to take before and after your pet’s surgery to make sure everything goes smoothly. Our veterinarians at San Angelo Veterinary Hospital would like to look at what you need to know before and after your pet’s surgery.


Pre-Surgery Testing

Your veterinarian will want to run several tests on your pet to make sure your pet will be safe during surgery, and if your pet would be helped by surgery. These tests include a hands-on physical exam, blood test, urinalysis, and possibly an x-ray or other diagnostic imaging tests.

Ask About Medication Before Pet Surgery

Is your pet on daily medication, like insulin? Some medications interfere with anesthesia. Ask your veterinarian if and when to stop giving your pet the medication, and how soon it can be started up again after the surgery.

Get a Cone

Many pets can’t help but chew on their stitches. They need an Elizabethan collar or soft cone to keep them from opening the surgical site. Get this now before the surgery.

Ask About Special Diets

Your pet may need to go on a bland diet for a while after the surgery. This is usually boiled chicken and rice. Ask if your pet will need a bland diet, so you can cook it before your pet’s surgery.

Prepare a Recovery Room

Your pet will need a quiet, clean room to recover in. Get a bed or bedding ready. This room should have a door so that other pets or small children cannot bother your pet while he or she is recovering. Cats recovering from surgery will need a litter box in the room.

Fast Your Pet

The night before the surgery, stop feeding your pet. The water bowl needs to be taken away in the early morning. Ask your veterinarian exactly when your pet can last have a drink of water. If you have other pets, seeing them eat will upset your pet. Keep the pet needing surgery in a separate room. Keep the pet indoors all night and in the morning, so you are sure that he or she does not eat.

After Surgery

Follow the post-op care from your veterinarian closely. You may need to clean the wound and change the bandages regularly. Keep an eye out for any signs of infection, such as heat, redness, swelling, or oozing pus. When your dog goes outside to pee or poop, keep it on a leash to prevent it from running and ripping the stitches.

Contact Our Veterinarians in San Angelo, TX

If your pet needs oral surgery, spay and neuter surgery, or another kind of surgery and you live in the San Angelo area, contact San Angelo Veterinary Hospital to schedule an appointment with Dr. Henderson or Dr. Feller. Call our team today at (325) 653-3301 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form.

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