As a pet owner, it's important to be as prepared as possible before your furry friend undergoes surgery. You may not know what questions to ask your veterinarian before surgery. To help you out, our team at The Village Vet has compiled a list of questions to ask before your pet’s surgery.
What Type of Pain Relief Will My Pet Receive?
Pain relief is an important part of any surgical procedure, and there are a variety of options available. Speak with our veterinarians about what we recommend for your pet's specific surgery. Often, a combination of drugs is used: something to make your pet sleepy and relaxed (an anxiolytic), as well as a pain reliever (analgesic). There are many different types and potencies of pain relievers, so it's important that the veterinarian chooses the right one for your pet.
What Are the Potential Complications of The Surgery?
As with any surgery, there are always potential risks and complications. Be sure to ask the veterinarian about the specific risks associated with your pet's surgery. Complications could include bleeding, infection, pneumonia, and more. While most surgeries go off without a hitch, it's important to be aware of the potential risks before going into surgery.
How Long Will My Pet Be in The Hospital?
The length of the stay in the hospital will depend on the type of surgery your pet is having. Some surgeries like spays and neuters can be done as "day surgeries" where your pet goes home the same day. Others, like orthopedic surgeries, might require an overnight stay or even a few days in the animal hospital. Be sure to ask the veterinarian about the expected length of stay for your pet's surgery.
Contact The Village Vet in Baltimore, MD
These are just a few of the questions to ask before your pet’s surgery. If you have other questions or concerns, be sure to discuss them with us at The Village Vet. We are happy to help you through this process and ensure that your pet has a safe and successful surgery. Call our team today at (410) 367-8111 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form.