Questions to Ask Before Your Pet's Surgery

Questions to Ask Before Your Pet’s Surgery

Pet surgery can be daunting for the pet owner more than the pet, mainly because it prompts worry and stress. It is essential to understand the procedure and some basic facts before the surgery to address any concerns and nervousness. At Northwood Veterinary Hospital in Northwood, we have ample experience with pet surgical procedures and can help you with any questions you may have regarding your pet’s surgery.

What Are the Treatment Options Available?

When preparing your pet for surgery, it is vital to consult with your veterinarian and to consider all of the available options. That way, you can know what will happen in the course of the surgical procedure. Your pet is your responsibility, and you deserve to know everything regarding your furry friend.

What Should My Pet Eat Prior?

It is essential to consult with your vet about giving your pet food before the surgery or the day before. Ask whether it is safe for your pet to have any food because, in most cases, it is better if the surgery is done on an empty stomach. If your pet requires any special diet before surgery, ensure that you have the food on hand to avoid running around post-surgery to find food for your pet.

What Should I Do the Morning of the Surgery?

Pets shouldn’t be given anything to eat or drink before going in for surgery, but you can go for a brief walk to give your pet a chance to eliminate what it may have eaten. It is essential to get to the veterinary clinic as early as possible to ensure there are no hassles with the procedure.

What Other Preparations Are Needed Before the Surgery Day?

It is essential to bathe your pet the night before surgery because it won’t be possible to groom your pet the days following the surgery. You can also opt to give your pet a good brushing instead of a bath.

What Are the Chances of My Animal Being Fully Treated?

Even the most minor procedures have some potential risks. It is best to consult with your veterinarian to know of any complications that are associated with the surgical procedure.

Visit Northwood Veterinary Hospital for Pet Surgeries

If you would like more information about your pet's surgery, visit our team at Northwood Veterinary Hospital. Our veterinary care experts will tell you everything you need to know pre- and post-surgery to ensure the procedure's effectiveness. Call us today at (603) 942-8368 to schedule an appointment.


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If you have an Emergency with your pet during our open hours, please call 603-942-8368 and be prepared to bring your pet in immediately. If you need to have emergency medical attention when we are closed, please call CAVES in Concord at 603- 227-1199 or Port City in Portsmouth at 603-433-0056. Both hospitals will keep us up to date on your pet’s care so we can coordinate treatment, if needed.

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