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In the event of a sickness, trauma, or disease, it may be necessary for your pet to undergo surgery. Having to deal with surgery can be a stressful time for you and your pet, there are a few guidelines that you can follow to lessen the burden during recovery.


Based upon the type of surgery, whether it is severe or minor, your veterinarian will advise you on when your pet can resume normal activity.

Pre-surgical guidelines to follow

  • Your veterinarian will complete a check up to make sure there are no pre-existing conditions that will interfere with the procedure.

  • Be sure that your pet is current on his or her vaccinations.

  • A blood test may be suggested to screen for disease not found during a physical.

  • You may have to administer antibiotics several days before the surgery to increase your pet’s ability to fight off infection.

  • Your veterinarian will let you know when to withhold water and food before the operation.

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Post-surgical guidelines to follow

  • Your pet will most likely be weak after surgery. Do not let them get too excited.

  • Restrain your pet with a leash or put it in a pet carrier when leaving the hospital.

  • Only feed your pet small amounts of food and water until they are recovered. This will prevent vomiting.

  • Follow all special diets given for your pet.

  • Limit your pet’s exercise and mobility.

  • Keep your pet’s sleeping area clean, warm, and free of drafts.

  • Follow all labels on post-surgical medication that is prescribed.

  • Monitor your pet’s sutures; they are normally removed 10 days after surgery. If you notice any swelling or redness, contact your veterinarian.

  • Try to keep your pet from licking or chewing on the wound. If this is difficult to do, you might want to provide a physical barrier by placing an "Elizabethan collar" around his head.