Dogs and cats should not have any food after 8pm. This decreases the risk of pneumonia and damage to the trachea or esophagus in the event of regurgitation/vomiting of stomach contents during or after surgery. Water is fine to leave out during the night and can be offered up to the time of surgery. If your pet is on any medications, please check with the doctor for instructions on whether or not it should be given on the day of surgery.
Note: Rabbits should not be fasted and should be allowed and encouraged to eat up until the procedure.
Day of Surgery:
Please plan to have your pet at the hospital for admission between 7:30am and 8:00am, unless otherwise instructed by the doctor.
We will have some pre-surgical paperwork and an estimate for you to sign. Please be prepared to leave accurate phone numbers where we can contact you during the day in case we need to reach you during the procedure and so that we may call you with updates when the procedure is completed.
Feel free to ask any questions when you drop off and you are always welcome to call at anytime for updates.
Prior to surgery, the doctor will perform a full physical examination on your pet. Your pet will then receive an injection of premedication that usually includes a sedative and a pain medication.
Most pets are able to go home the day of surgery. At Cambridge Animal Hospital we like for pets to be able to recover in the comfort of their own bed with their families. You will speak with a doctor or trained staff member upon discharge and will be given detailed written instructions for the care of your pet.
We will contact you the following morning to ensure that the night went smoothly and to address any questions or concerns that you might have.
Note: If your pet needs to be monitored by a professional or requires continued IV pain medication, we will either arrange for your pet to go home with one of our doctors, for one of our technicians to stay in the clinic overnight, or we will recommend a transfer to the emergency center for overnight care.
General Home Care Instructions:
- Follow detailed written home care instructions.
- Give all medications as directed. Most pets will go home with some form of pain medication.
- Monitor the incision often and report any abnormalities (swelling, redness, pain, discharge). Also report any other abnormal symptoms such as lack of appetite, vomiting, difficulty breathing, or diarrhea.
- Please do not allow your pet to lick, chew or scratch the incision. We can provide special collars, bandages or other suggestions to help prevent this if needed.
- Return for follow up care as directed.
Remember, your good after care is key to a fast recovery.