Surgical FAQs

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dog in maskIf you have any questions or concerns, please call Dr. Anna at 262-695-6120

Before surgery

Should I feed my dog before surgery?

Feed your pet the night before, then take away the food at 8:00 pm. It is okay to still give them water. The morning of the surgery do not feed your pet.

What about anesthesia?

The key to a successful procedure, rapid recovery, and pain management is the appropriate use of anesthesia. It is natural to be concerned about the anesthesia and pain management provided for your dog or cat.

Before surgery, every pet receives:

  • A complete evaluation including testing and laboratory analyses.
  • A personalized surgical plan is designed to minimize the risk of anesthetic complications and to maximize patient comfort.
  • A certified veterinary technician who will monitor each pet’s vital signs before, during, and following anesthesia.
  • Analgesic treatment before, during, and after surgery for pain management.
  • Intravenous fluids and intensive monitoring that includes blood pressure and other key vital signs.

After Surgery

General Care of Skin Incisions

Your dog or cat has undergone a procedure which may require stitches to help heal. There are often also stitches in deeper tissues, which you cannot see. If there are no visible stitches, removal is not necessary. These hidden stitches promote healing. In most cases an incision will heal without any complications.

However since stitches are foreign material to the body, complications occasionally occur. Look for signs of redness, swelling, and most importantly discharge. Any discharge from the skin incision more than 3 days after surgery is abnormal and should immediately be reported to us.

Don’t let your dog or cat touch the incision in any way, including licking, scratching, pawing, chewing, or scooting. If your pet will not leave the stitches alone, please contact our office for instructions on what to do.

Try to keep the sutured area clean and dry. Gently wash the area with warm water and a wash cloth if it gets dirty or is caked with hair or other debris.

Do Not apply anything to the incision unless instructed to do so by Dr. Anna.

Please do not wash your pet until at least two weeks after surgery or until the stitches are removed.

If you see a soft fluid swelling under the stitches, that is usually an accumulation of serum called a seroma – usually due to too much exercise/jumping. Your dog or cat should be eating, drinking and feeling good with a seroma. It can last several days. A warm compress used once a day may take the swelling down.

Should I remove stitches myself?

No. If your pet had stitches they will be removed after 10 to 14 days. Do not attempt to remove them yourself.