Perimeter Veterinary Hospital

6051 Perimeter Dr.
Dublin, OH 43017

(614)791-9191

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What You Need to Know Before Your Pet's Upcoming Surgery

                           

Dr. Sherrie Ridenour

Dr. Laurel Beck

Is the anesthetic safe?

Will my pet have stitches?

Will my pet be in pain?

What other decisions do I need to make?

 

Many people have questions about various aspects of their pet's surgery, and we hope this information will help.  It also explains the decisions you will need to make before your pet's upcoming surgery.

 

Is the anesthetic safe?

Here at Perimeter Veterinary Hospital, we do a thorough physical exam on your pet before administering anesthetics which helps to detect problems prior to anesthesia.  We also adjust the amount and type of anesthetic used depending on the health of your pet.  The handout on anesthesia explains this in greater detail.  Pre-anesthetic blood testing is important in reducing the risk of anesthesia.  Every pet should have blood testing before surgery to ensure that the liver and kidneys can handle the anesthetic.  Even apparently healthy animals can have serious organ system problems that cannot be detected without blood testing.  If there is a problem, it is much better to find it before it causes anesthetic or surgical complications.  Animals that have minor dysfunction will handle the anesthetic better because they will receive IV fluids during surgery.  If serious problems are detected, surgery can be postponed until the condition can be evaluated and treatment options explored.  We offer several options for blood testing before surgery, which we will go over with you when your appointment for surgery is made.  Our doctors prefer the more comprehensive screen, because it gives them the most information to ensure the safety of your pet.  For geriatric or ill pets, additional blood tests, electrocardiograms, or X-rays may be required before surgery as well.  It is important that surgery be done on an empty stomach to reduce the risk of vomiting during and after anesthesia.  You will need to withhold food for at least 8 to 10 hours before surgery.  Water can be left down for the pet until the morning of surgery.  While there is always a risk associated with anesthesia, or conditions that cannot be detected through available diagnostics,  the precautions we take  greatly help to minimize these risks. 

 

Will my pet have stitches?

For most surgeries, your pet will have sutures, but for some surgeries, we use absorbable sutures underneath the skin.  These will dissolve on their own, and do not need to be removed later.  Some surgeries, especially tumor removals, do require skin stitches.  With either type of suture, you will need to keep an eye on the incision for swelling or discharge.  Most dogs and cats do not lick excessively or chew at the incision, but this is an occasional problem you will also need to watch for.  If there are skin sutures, these will usually be removed 10 to 14 days after surgery.  You will also need to limit your pet's activity level for a time and no baths are allowed for the first 10 days after surgery.

 

Will my pet be in pain?

Anything that causes pain in people can be expected to cause pain in animals.  Pets may not show the same symptoms of pain as people do; they usually don't whine or cry, but you can be sure they feel it.  Pain medications needed will depend on the surgery performed.  Major procedures require more pain relief than things like minor lacerations.  For dogs, we may recommend an oral anti-inflamatory the day after surgery and several days after to lessen the risk of discomfort and swelling.  We use newer medications, which are less likely to cause stomach upset and can be given even the morning of surgery.  The cost of the medication depends on the size of your dog.  Because cats do not tolerate standard pain medications such as aspirin, ibuprofen, or Tylenol, we are limited in what we can give them.  Recent advances in pain medications have allowed for better pain control in cats than ever before.  We administer a pain injection prior to surgery.  After surgery, pain medication is given as often as needed for the individual patient.  We watch all of our patients very closely post-operatively for the need for additional pain medication.  Providing whatever pain relief is appropriate and safe is a humane and caring thing to do for your pet.

 

What other decisions do I need to make?

While your pet is under anesthesia, it is the ideal time to perform other minor procedures, such as dentistry, ear cleaning, hip radiographs, or implanting an identification microchip.  If you would like an estimate for these extra services, please call ahead of time.  This is especially important if the person dropping the pet off for surgery is not the primary decision maker for the pet's care.  When you bring your pet in for surgery, we will need to 10 to 20 minutes of time to fill out paperwork and make decisions on the blood testing and other options available.  When you pick up your pet after surgery you can also plan to spend about 20 minutes to go over your pet's home care needs.

 

We will call you the night before your scheduled surgery appointment (or on Friday before a Monday appointment), to confirm the time you will be dropping your pet off and to answer any questions you might have.  In the meantime, please don't hesitate to call us with any questions about your pet's health or surgery.

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Perimeter Veterinary Hospital

6051 Perimeter Dr.

Dublin, OH  43017

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Perimeter Veterinary Hospital  Dublin OH

1 Perimeter Dr.
Dublin, OH 43017
(614)791-9191