Pet Health

Questions to Ask Before Your Pet Surgery

By September 9, 2020April 1st, 2021No Comments

If your pet needs surgery, you may have several questions about both the procedure and what comes afterward. If you live in Pflugerville or the North Austin Area, choose Central Texas Animal Hospital for your pet’s veterinary care. We’ve put together some information about some of the questions that we encounter when pet owners turn to us for their pet’s surgery.

Can my pet eat before surgery?

The answer largely depends on what kind of surgery it is and what kind of anesthetic will be used. If your dog or cat has to be asleep for the surgery, your vet may ask that your pet not eat the morning of the procedure. Eating is generally permitted for small surgeries that only use local anesthesia.

Will my pet have pain?

Every effort is made to keep your pet from feeling pain, but he may be sore after the surgery. Make sure to also ask what kind of medication to give him for the pain. If he isn’t prescribed anything, there may be over-the-counter medications that you can use for pain management, but please make sure you always ask your veterinarian before giving over-the-counter medicine as some medications are not safe for your pets.

How do I care for my pet after surgery?

You will get discharge instructions when you take your pet home. Pets often need some special care after they have had surgery. There may be a cone that your pet has to wear to keep him from biting or licking at the stitches. He may need some help going outside. Depending on the type of surgery, there may be multiple medications or other special instructions to help him heal properly. Be sure to follow any instructions given so that your pet will recover as quickly as possible.

Pet Surgery in the Greater Austin Area

If your pet has surgery coming up don’t be afraid to ask questions. The more questions you ask, the better you will be able to take care of your pet at this difficult time. Our veterinarians and support staff are available, call Central Texas Animal Hospital today at (512) 251-BARK.