Pre-op instructions for pet spaying/neutering

In January, a month of the new beginning, all pet ‘pawrents’ can become a part of the ‘companion animal overpopulation’ solution by taking your four legged friends to spay or neuter.

Nowadays, spaying or neutering pets is not complicated or have many side effects as most people might think. By spaying or neutering, your pet will have a lower risk of harmful diseases and it would reduce unpleasant behaviors in some pets. All paw friends can have spaying or neutering surgery when their reproductive system is fully developed (teenage age). An appropriate age can be different for each pet, the veterinarian advice and input is very much needed.

📋 Pre-op instructions for pet spaying/neutering:

  • ⌚ Consult with a veterinarian and arrange your pet’s health examination. If they are sick, pregnant, or on their period, you should postpone the operation.
  • 💉 Spaying or neutering surgery requires an anesthetic. Some clinics might offer you extra procedures such as dental, microchipping, nail cutting, ears cleaning, and more, after spaying/neutering. Because your pet would be under anesthesia anyways, so it’s like getting things done: two birds in one stone style! Your veterinarian will ask you if you want these extra services to be done prior to the surgery.
  • ✂️ Take your pet to a pet salon (or groom them yourself) a day before surgery to prevent any wound infection.
  • ⛔ Food or drinks are not allowed 12 hours prior to the operation to prevent choking after the anesthetic.
  • 🚽 Encourage your pet to go to the bathroom before the procedure.
  • 🖊️Pet parents need to be informed and give consent to the vet before they examine anesthetic for spaying or neutering and other procedures that you may have already discussed.
  • 🩸 Before having an anesthetic, you can have your pet get a blood test to see if there is any liver or kidney problem that is hiding in their symptoms. Also, the vet can count the number of blood cells to know if they are anemic.

One of the most important things for you as a pet parent is to remain calm and don’t worry too much before and after the operation. Pets can sense anxiety and they might start to feel the same way! Reassure them, be confident, and give them all the love & support they need.

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