How to Prepare Your Pet
While it’s important to talk to your vet about the specifics of preparing for any kind of procedure, there are some general steps you can take to ensure your pet is as comfortable and stress-free as possible.
Where possible get your pet accustomed to the hospital environment before their procedure. If they’ve been in before, they’ll be more familiar with the sights, smells and sounds when they come back which can help reduce anxiety levels during their visit. Additionally, depending on where you live and what type of surgery your pet is having, you may need to fast them 8-12 hours prior. This helps prevent excessive vomiting during the procedure or nausea after it’s completed.
Aftercare is one of the most important aspects of any surgery, but with soft tissue surgeries it’s especially crucial for your pet’s recovery.
When you bring your pet home after a soft tissue procedure, there are several things to keep in mind to make sure they heal quickly and safely. Start by keeping them confined, this means restricting their activity and making sure that they don’t jump, walk up or down stairs, or play vigorously. Monitor the incision site daily for signs of infection like redness or swelling, as well as any discharge from the wound. If you notice anything unusual contact your vet right away!
Additionally, pay careful attention to your pet’s diet post-surgery, generally speaking they will require more protein than usual during recovery. It’s important to me that my furry friends recover as quickly and safely as possible, so providing top-notch aftercare is essential.
The postoperative care for soft tissue surgeries are similar for all animals: rest, reduced activity levels, monitoring of vital signs such as temperature, pulse rate and respiration, but may vary depending on the specific procedure performed. Pain management is also an important part of aftercare. Appropriate pain medications should be prescribed and administered at home according to your vet’s instructions.
Pet soft tissue surgery can be a life-saving procedure for our furry friends. It is important to research and consult with your veterinarian prior to the surgery so that you can make an informed decision based on your pet’s individual needs. With the right care and attention, pets can enjoy a better quality of life as a result of this intervention.