Seek your vet’s advice on exercise, eating, and drinking or if your dog requires a
specific diet prior to surgery so you can plan accordingly.
The day before surgery, do not go on long walks or allow your pet
to play roughly and move around too much.
Doing so may cause their muscles to be sore on the day of surgery,
adding more discomfort on their part. Ask your vet whether or not you should
give your dog any medication they normally take.
In most cases, your dog will need to fast for 8-12 hours depending on your vet’s
instructions, to ensure that the stomach is empty and there is no risk of nausea when anesthesia is administered or
your dog vomiting during the actual procedure. In the event that your pet somehow finds food or water before surgery,
before surgery, let your vet know that they did so they can watch out for potential nausea or vomiting.
Getting a good night’s sleep before going in for surgery is also important for your
dog to reduce the stress and anxiety of being under the care of a vet clinic.
If your dog needs a bath, haircut, nail trimming, and ear-cleaning,
make sure to do this before the surgery date since the incision site needs to be
kept dry for a few weeks after the operation.
The day before your dog's surgery is also a good time to prepare your home for the
following day. It can be as simple as setting up your dog’s area for recovery or
packing food and medications for the trip to the vet clinic.
It’s also a good idea to wash your dog’s bedding to reduce the risk
of bacterial infection after the surgery. Setting things up the day before
your dog’s surgery will make the process go much more smoothly the next day.