Pet Surgery FAQ


If you are like most pet owners whose beloved animal companion needs an operation, you have many questions about pet surgery. To help you learn the information you need to make good choices regarding your pet’s health, our veterinarian has answered some of the most frequently asked questions about pet surgery at Tanglewilde Veterinary Clinic.

How can I prepare my companion for pet surgery?

Before pet surgery, our veterinarian will discuss the procedure with you to help you prepare for the procedure. In most cases, we recommend that your pet have nothing to eat for at least 12 hours before the procedure. Just as with human patients, it is safer for your pet to undergo anesthesia with an empty stomach. Since we perform almost all of our surgeries in the morning, this means your pet can have his evening meal but skip breakfast.

What types of surgery does Tanglewilde Veterinary Clinic perform?

Our veterinary surgeons perform a variety of procedures including spay and neuter, soft tissue surgery, emergency surgery and more.

Will my pet be under anesthesia during surgery?

We will place your pet under anesthesia for most types of surgery to make sure your animal companion stays comfortable throughout the procedure. Before administering anesthesia, we will screen your pet to ensure her liver and kidneys can withstand the anesthesia. We will monitor your pet’s vital signs, before, during, and after she receives anesthesia. Our veterinarian takes these extra steps to minimize any chance of complications during pet surgery.

What should I expect after surgery?

After some types of surgery, we recommend keeping your pet in our fully staffed, fully equipped veterinary hospital overnight. This allows our staff to monitor your pet’s progress and provide care as needed. Some types of surgery do not require an overnight stay, however, which means you may be able to take your pet home shortly after the procedure.

Before you take your pet home, we will provide you with a clear set of instructions on how to care for your animal companion after pet surgery. We will go over these instructions with you and answer any questions you may have.

If necessary, we will include pain medication to keep your four-legged friend comfortable during recovery.

Will my pet have stitches?

After pet surgery, your cat or dog may have stitches. In some procedures, we use absorbable stitches that dissolve into the skin and do not require removal. In other cases, we still use skin stitches that we remove 10 to 14 days after the procedure. You must make sure your pet does not chew on or remove stitches, which can complicate the healing process.

You may wish to consider an Elizabethan cone, sometimes known as pet cone or even a “cone of shame,” that prevents licking at the site of pet surgery.

Contact Tanglewilde Veterinary Clinic with all your questions about pet surgery.

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