Seek your vet’s advice on exercise restrictions, 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 to their already stressful day.
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 prior to surgery
depending on your vet’s instructions, to ensure that the stomach is empty thereby reducing your pet’s
risk of nausea and vomiting both before and after anesthesia is administered.
In the event that your pet somehow finds food or water before surgery,
let your vet know that they did so they can advise you on how to proceed.
In certain cases the surgeon will recommend that you reschedule to avoid any unnecessary additional risk.
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
in 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 will need to be kept clean and 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 day of.