Frequently Asked Questions on Pet Surgery

Preparing to take your pet in for surgery can be a nerve-wracking experience for both you and your pet. Our skilled veterinary staff of Fullerton Animal Hospital, located in Baltimore, Maryland, wants to offer answers to common pet surgery FAQs to help soothe your worries during this stressful time.

Our Veterinarians Answer to Pet Surgery FAQs

How can I prepare my pet for surgery? Before your pet’s surgery, our veterinarians will discuss the entire procedure with you and ensure that you know how to prepare your pet for surgery. Generally, we will recommend that your pet have nothing to eat for at least 12 hours prior to surgery. Just as with humans, your pet should have an empty stomach before surgery.

What type of surgery does Fullerton Animal Hospital perform? We perform a range of surgeries during normal business hours, including orthopedic procedures, eye surgery, tumor removal, dental surgery, declawing, ear-draining, and spay and neuter. Our staff can assist you in locating after-hours veterinary services if emergency surgery is needed.

Will my pet be under anesthesia during the surgery? Your pet will be under anesthesia in surgery so that he or she remains comfortable during the procedure. We know that your pet’s health is of utmost importance to you. We carefully screen each pet before administering anesthesia, to ensure that your pet’s liver and kidneys can withstand the anesthesia. We also monitor your pet’s vital signs before, during, and after the administration of anesthesia. This minimizes any chance of complication during the surgery.

What should I expect after surgery? After surgery, we often recommend keeping your pet in the veterinary hospital overnight where our staff can monitor your pet’s progress and provide round-the-clock care as needed. Our staff at Fullerton Animal Hospital is best able to respond to any complications that arise during this critical time. In some cases, your pet may be able to go home at the end of the day instead of staying overnight. When your pet is ready to go home, we will provide you with care instructions. Our veterinarians on staff will go over the instructions with you to ensure you understand. If necessary, we will also include pain medication to keep your pet comfortable during recovery.

Will my pet have stitches? In some cases, our surgical team will use absorbable stitches that dissolve into the skin and require no removal. We still use skin stitches on many pets, which will be removed approximately 10-14 days after surgery. While your pet heals, you must make sure that he or she does not chew on stitches and complicate the healing process. You may need to monitor your pet’s activity level during the surgical recovery too.

If your pet is scheduled for surgery, and you have any other questions about your pet’s health or prognosis, please do not hesitate to talk to us. Our veterinary staff wants to do everything possible to help you and your pet through this time. Contact us today at (410) 892-1212 to discuss any surgical concerns or make an appointment for your pet.