Day of Surgery for Dogs and Cats
At Midway Animal Hospital, we pride ourselves in pet-side care. Since you won’t be able to stay by their side and hold their paw (no judgment here!), we’ve decided to give you a virtual, blog-tour of what happens when your dog or cat is admitted.
1) Receiving your pet. After you leave, we set your pet up in their own little waiting room to relax while they adjust to their new environment.
2) Examination. Next, we do a complete and thorough physical examination, and some blood tests, to be sure everything is ready to go for surgery.
3) Pre-Surgery. After the examination is complete, our vet staff prepares the anesthesia and other medications, being sure of the correct dosage.
4) Surgery. Your pets team of vets are ready to perform the surgery! With skilled hands performing the surgery, and alert eyes monitoring the anesthesia, your pet will be in comfort for the entire process.
5) Post-Surgery. Your pet will then be returned to its personalized recovery room, where it has the privacy to wake-up and recovery on its own time. Staff members will regularly check on your pet, and observe the progress (the pet-stay can be between 3 hours and 36+ hours, depending on the intensity of the procedure).
6) Check-Out. Finally, your pet will be returned to you, with detailed instructions for recovery and medicine.
Pet Post Surgery Recovery
While your vet will talk to you about the specifics of your pets unique recovery plan, there are a few things to be aware of when bringing your pet home:
- Have a recovery area set up for your pet. They will be sleeping a lot for the next few days! We recommend quiet, cozy areas if possible.
- Avoid excess stimulation- try not to invite any guests over, or host any events.
- Monitor and keep your pet indoors for the first 24 hours.
- It’s not unusual for there to be long gaps between bowel movements after surgery.
- Your pet may not want to eat, but try to feed them as normally as possible, and call your vet with any concerns.