Preparing Your Dog For Surgery

You can be worried if your dog needs surgery. Your canine companion is a member of the family, and you want to keep them as happy as possible. You want to do what is best to set your dog up for success, whether it’s as easy as having them spayed or as complicated as TPLO surgery or surgeries that require a dog neurologist. Fortunately, you can take some easy measures to make your furry companion as happy as possible with a little knowledge.


It would be beneficial if you began training for your dog’s surgery one week in advance. Be sure that your dog companion has all of their vaccines up to date and that you are aware of the ones available for surgery, which is most often for rabies, Bordetella, distemper, and parvo. Any vaccines that your pet does not have must be provided at least five days before surgery to guarantee that it is adequately covered. Also, make sure you have time off work needed to transport your puppy to our veterinary hospital and care for them afterward.


When ready for surgery, make sure to ask the doctor if you can give your dog any medications it usually takes. Although it may be appropriate for your dog to continue taking the drug in some cases, it may become more critical to have an empty stomach during surgery in others.

You will even want to bathe the dog the night before surgery, as you will be unable to brush your dog for several days after surgery, so if your dog needs nail trimming, ear brushing, or a wash, now is the time to do it. If you have trouble brushing your dog normally, you might consider having this service done while your dog is sedated. If your dog doesn’t need a bath, give them good grooming before you bathe them.

Don’t take your dog on exhausting walks or let him play roughly the day before surgery. This may cause their body to be sore on the day of surgery, and they do not want more soreness on top of the surgery’s pain.

If your dog has a special diet before surgery, make sure you have the food on hand, so you aren’t scrambling around post-surgery, looking for a way to feed your pet.

Consider cleaning the dog’s bedding as well. This means that their sleeping environment is as sterile as possible to minimize the chance of contamination and that they are as safe as possible during their rehabilitation.

If your dog’s mobility has to be restricted during rehabilitation, plan an enclosed area of your home with a crate now. This eliminates the need for you to rush around after surgery to set up an area for your pet.

Many surgeries enable your pet to fast before the surgery. This is when your dog gets nauseous from the anesthesia, it can vomit during surgery, raising the likelihood of your dog choking. Remove your pet’s food and water the night before surgery, and make sure there is no way for them to feed or drink until midnight on the day of surgery. Whether your dog eats before surgery, notify your veterinarian so that they can keep an eye out for vomiting.

Finally, be clear that all are well-rested before surgery. If both you and your dog have enough sleep, surgery will be even less painful for everyone.


Again, before the surgery, do not give the dog something to eat or drink. Take them to a short walk to encourage them to remove any elements in the digestive tract. Also, leave plenty of time to get to our veterinary hospital to ensure that your pet’s surgery is as stress-free as possible. You will be called as soon as your puppy awakens from surgery, so keep your cell nearby. Do not make a huge deal out of saying farewell to your fuzzy friend, as an awkward goodbye would just annoy and confuse your pet even more. You want your furry companion to be relaxed during the procedure, so don’t agitate them with a dramatic farewell.


When you walk your dog home after surgery, make sure to carefully follow the veterinarian’s orders. Don’t let them dance or jump around too much, so the incision doesn’t tear. Keep an eye out for any biting or licking of the stitches, as well as any changes in the dog’s temperament or appetite. If you find something out of the ordinary, please contact our veterinary hospital for assistance.

You may be concerned about your pet’s surgery, but the recovery process will go much more smoothly if you are prepared. Ask Veterinary Medical and Surgical Group today to find out more information about our pet surgery services.