No one likes the thought of their pet undergoing surgery, but we know there are certain problems that require surgical intervention to solve. Before surgery your veterinarian should inform you of the risks and the benefits of the surgical procedure. Make sure you understand these factors in advance.
You will be instructed to withhold food from your pet after 10:00pm the night before surgery. If your pet is currently on medication consult with your veterinarian regarding giving medication the morning of surgery.
Each animal is given a thorough physical exam prior to any surgical procedure. Pre-surgical testing is often recommended to ensure your pet’s safety by uncovering internal problems that may no have been apparent on physical exam. Depending on the age and condition of your pet the recommended tests may include:
We currently use the most advanced anesthetic agents available. All surgery is performed with sterile instruments and gloves, just as in human surgical rooms. Separate sterile instrument packs are used for each animal. Surgical heart and respiratory monitors are used throughout the procedure to ensure your pet’s safety.
The following will help answer the most common questions that arise after these operations.
An animal’s pain threshold is much higher than a human’s. Therefore, animals do not exhibit as much discomfort following surgery.
LICKING AT INCISION:
Animals will often lick at the site of the incision. This is usually due to itching caused by being closely shaven. Occasionally it can be a result of irritation from the suture material. You can be supplied with a bitter tasting cream that can be applied directly to the incision if licking becomes a problem. A bandage can be applied over the incision of females if the cream does not help. An Elizabethan (“cone”) collar can also be used if needed.
A small amount of sepage will occasionally occur at the incision site. This happens because of blood pooling under the skin. When the animal moves, a drop or two will discharge through the sutures. If bleeding is excessive or continues for more than 12 hours, please notify us.
Occasionally a hard lump will appear at the site of the incision. This is often due to the body reacting to the suture material or can be a result of blood pooling under the skin. If it gets noticeably large, please call. When the external sutures are removed, the lump quickly disappears
RESPONSE TO ANESTHETIC:
Each animal recovers from the anesthetic at a different rate. Some animals are back to normal within 24 hours while others may take as long as 3-4 days to recuperate. Your pet will not be discharged from the hospital if he/she is unable to walk out. However, some animals may still stagger slightly upon release. We feel that your pet will recover from surgery faster if the convalescent time is spent at home.
Do not feed your pet for at least three (3) hours after returning home. Food for the first 24 hours should be limited to 1/4 the normal amount. During the second day, offer normal amounts of food at the accustomed times. Excitement and overfeeding can cause vomiting.