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How to Prep Your Pet for Surgery

If you’re ever gotten a surgical procedure yourself, or any type of medical treatment for that matter, you know that there are certain steps your doctor has asked you to take to prepare. Well, when it comes to preparing your pet for surgery, that same holds true. There are several important steps to take to ensure Fido is ready for his operation, and we’ve laid them all out for you below.

  • Take away the food bowl. We understand you want your pet to go to bed on a fully tummy, but fasting is an important part of the surgery prep process. Just like humans, pets can sometimes become nauseous from the anesthesia afterward, and vomiting can cause complications. As a general rule, we ask our pet parents not to feed their pet past midnight on the night before their surgery.**Exceptions to the rule: If your pet is very young, you may be asked to give them a small meal in the morning to elevate their energy levels. Diabetic pets will also need a small meal in the morning. In either case, make sure to consult your vet first.
  • Limit their water consumption. While food after midnight is a no-no, drinking water is allowed. However, please make sure your pet has had his final sip before 7 a.m. on the morning of the procedure.
  • Arrive on time. Generally, check-in at Upper East Side Animal Hospital is between 8:45 a.m. and 9 a.m. on the morning of the procedure. Make sure to arrive on time, as the doctor will also discuss discharge times and aftercare instructions with you at this time.
  • Leave a reliable phone number. We want to be able to reach you the moment your furry friend comes out of surgery. In order to do so, we’ll need the best phone number to reach you at. If you’re out at work all day, perhaps your work line or cell phone will be best.

At Upper East Side Hospital, we promise to treat your pet as if they were family, because after all — they are! When you choose Dr. Colon, rest assured you’re putting your pet in the best, most knowledgeable and experienced hands possible.

For more information about our surgical procedures, view a brief list of procedures we specialize in or call us at 212-396-3020. Don’t forget to ask about our $350 dental exam deal!

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