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What information do I need to know before my dog has surgery?

There are a few things we need to know before your pet has surgery. We need to know their age and health status, including stable blood work and normal kidney and liver function to ensure they can metabolize medications properly. We also need to understand their home environment to guide you in setting up the best recovery conditions for them.

Dr. Jessica Torok DVM
Urban Veterinary Associates

Will my dog need lab work done prior to having surgery?

Yes, we always want our pets to have lab work before surgery. As dogs age seven times faster than humans, it's not uncommon for significant changes to occur in their blood work within a few months. At Urban Vet, we prefer our pets to have had lab work within about 30 days of their procedure. We also like them to have an EKG to check their heart's electrical conduction and rhythms before anesthesia.

Does my dog need to see a specialist before their surgery?

Not usually, unless we uncover something specific in their blood work, EKG, or physical exam. Specialty care isn't indicated for every patient, and we will let you know if it becomes necessary.

What will my veterinarian be looking for in the pre-surgery lab work?

We're looking to ensure that the liver values are normal, as many medications are metabolized through the liver. We also check for adequate red and white blood cell counts, normal hemoglobin, no obvious signs of inflammation, normal kidney function, and no electrolyte imbalances that may affect cardiac function.

Who will be monitoring my dog while under anesthesia?

In our practice, certified veterinary technicians and highly trained veterinary assistants monitor the anesthetic components for our patients. We have the equivalent of a human pediatric anesthesia setup in this hospital. We monitor blood pressure, EKG, pulse oximetry, and how much carbon dioxide is exhaled.

How long will my dog need to recover after having surgery?

The recovery time depends on the procedure. Routine surgeries like spay and neuter usually require about 10 to 14 days. More advanced procedures such as removal of a spleen or a large tumor may take two to three weeks. Orthopedic procedures may take up to six to eight weeks before your patient is ready to return to full activity.

How can I help my dog recover at home after surgery?

Find them a quiet spot to rest, especially on the first day after anesthesia. Depending on the procedure, they may need a restricted area in the house. For orthopedic procedures, a confined space for about six to eight weeks is necessary. Ensure that you follow the post-operative pain management protocol sent home with you. Good pain management is crucial for making your dog comfortable.

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