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How Long Does Animal Surgery Take?

Please consider that your pet has just undergone MAJOR surgery and requires a minimum of several weeks for full recovery, even longer if the surgery was orthopedic 😉 Exercise restriction includes no running, jumping, or unlimited access to stairs 🔥 Rough play with children or other pets is prohibited during recuperation. Your pet should be confined to a limited, safe environment and leash-walked several times a day for bathroom breaks only. There should be no unrestricted activity of any kind. We will provide sedative drugs if you feel your pet requires them. Strict adherence to these restrictions will help your pet recover as quickly and as completely as possible. [1]
A general anesthetic is the administration of drugs to achieve a medically induced state of unconsciousness. During an anesthetic, your pet will be given multiple agents to not only maintain unconsciousness (thus being unable to move) but to also control pain. Sometimes we use what is called a “local” anesthesia which only numbs a specific area or part of the body. In these cases, your pet will also be sedated as well as given pain control. Pet owners are often surprised to learn that in many cases, for senior pets, a general anesthetic is often safer and can have fewer risks than using a heavy sedation and local anesthetic for a procedure. (emended by Joseph Adams from Sanhe, China on August 16, 2020) [2]
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When you get home, you might notice your pet is quiet and sleepy. This is completely normal after anaesthetic and will usually wear off within 48 hours. During this time, it’s best to keep cats indoors with their litter tray nearby and only take dogs out on the lead to go to the toilet until you’re sure they’ve recovered. Keep your home as calm and relaxed as possible so your pet doesn’t get stressed. If you have other pets or children it can be a good idea to keep them away from your pet while they are recovering. (modified by Deborah Castillo from Salem, India on July 15, 2020) [3]
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These two sterilization procedures are done under general anesthesia, with your pet fully asleep and intubated (with a breathing tube in his or her throat). The cat neuter is one exception; a face mask is used instead, because it is such a fast surgery. Before receiving general anesthesia, your pet is given a shot of medication to make him sleepy and to help with pain. Your pet’s oxygen level and heart rate are monitored with a machine while he is under anesthesia. Dogs and female cats are kept on a heating blanket during surgery. Surgery for male cats is so fast they are not put on a heating blanket for the surgery, but they have are put on one immediately after their surgery. (revised by Ahsha Shook on June 13, 2021) [4]
Petcoach.co goes on to explain how be sure to review any paperwork thoroughly well before the procedure. Never hesitate to call the veterinary hospital if questions arise about the procedure itself, specific pre-operative tests or care after surgery. It is helpful to approach the morning of a pet’s surgery with a clear mind rather than standing at the admitting desk the morning of a pet’s surgery, trying to decide about tests and options that are not fully understood. Be sure to understand what a pet’s procedure involves and what to expect afterwards. Will a pet need help getting in and out of the house or litter box to urinate and defecate? Will there be sutures (stitches) that will need to be removed? If a biopsy is being performed, when are the results expected? Will there be dressings to change or medication that must be given at home? Can a pet have food and water when they get home? Will a special diet be needed? (last modified 1 week ago by Marian Shoemaker from Kahramanmaras, Turkey) [5]

Article References

  1. http://www.vscdsurgerycenters.com/resources/common-questions/
  2. https://www.vanislevet.com/happens-drop-pet-off-surgery/
  3. https://www.pdsa.org.uk/taking-care-of-your-pet/looking-after-your-pet/all-pets/post-surgery-care
  4. https://www.mspca.org/pet_resources/ask-a-vet-all-you-need-to-know-about-spayneuter-surgery/
  5. https://www.petcoach.co/article/surgery-on-your-pet-what-to-expect-before-and-after-the-pro/
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