Preparing for Surgery

At RegionalVet preparing your best friend for surgery can be worry free. Our trained, caring team of nurses, doctors and surgical specialists will see to it that your pet is given the expertise and same loving, nurturing treatment that we would give to our own pets.

Here are a few things that you can do to prepare for your pet's procedure. First, you'll want to be sure your pet is as healthy and protected as possible prior to his or her hospital stay. Ensure that your pet is current on all immunizations. Vaccines such as Rabies, Distemper, Parvovirus and Bordetella need to be administered at least a week prior to the surgery to provide full protection. Check with your primary veterinarian to see if your pet is up-to-date.

If your pet is on any medication, (including routine ear or skin topical's, flea & tick prevention, and prescription diets), check with your doctor to find out when and if you need to discontinue such medications prior to the surgery, and particularly the morning of the surgery.

Often it is not recommended to bathe or groom your pet within the recovery period after the surgery, therefore, a bath and brushing prior to the surgery will help to ensure his or her comfort and cleanliness throughout recovery. In addition, gently cleaning pet beds and favorite blankets will not only provide a comfortable place to recover once they get home, but a safer one.

Unless directed otherwise, the day before the surgery, you should feed your pet normally up until midnight. No food should be consumed after midnight prior to surgery, except for puppies, kittens and young miniature breeds which should be fed a small meal prior to 6 AM on the day of surgery. Water can be given up to 6 AM on the day of surgery. Also, avoid any rough play or exercise.

Do not allow your pet to eat or drink anything after 6AM the morning of surgery. Take your dog for a brief walk to encourage elimination, and allow yourself plenty of time to get your pet to the veterinarian without any additional stress of being behind schedule. It is both emotionally reassuring and physically sound for your pet to experience your love and sense of calm during this time.

Once you arrive at our office, you will have the opportunity to ask any additional questions you have and a nurse will conduct an exam of your pet to ensure the doctors knowledge of all present conditions and concerns.

Trust and know that your pet is in good hands with the Healthcare team at RegionalVet. We pride ourselves on our mission to treat every pet as if they were our own.