Your dog needs surgery? If it is not an outpatient surgery, anesthesia is usually necessary. So that the veterinarian can easily send your fur nose into the world of dreams, some preparatory measures are necessary.
So that your dog does not notice the operation, he is put under anesthetic. Of course, this is done by the doctor. But you as owner must also pay attention to a few things. This starts at home, several hours before the actual surgery. Basically: Always follow the instructions of the veterinarian exactly.
Dog must starve for several hours before anesthesia
Like humans, dogs must be sober at the time of surgery. An empty stomach is important because the digestive process of the food otherwise affects the circulation. In addition, the narcotics (anesthetics) can lead to nausea on a full stomach and then your dog vomits under anesthetic. This can be very dangerous.
The message from most veterinarians is: Do not feed your dog twelve hours before surgery. Even treats are taboo in time, but water is allowed in small quantities. Make sure that the dog can not steal food in the apartment. Important: If your Wuff regularly receives medication, consult with the veterinarian, whether they should be given in the period before the operation or not.
Make it easier again before the operation
It is advisable to go for a small dog walk before the operation. The patient can thus relieve himself again, ideally emptying the bladder and intestine.
This makes sense because the veterinarian can not operate so well with a full bowel and filled bladder. For your dog, it also means less stress when he wakes up from anesthesia, without having to go outside immediately.
No stress before surgery
Your dog should have as little stress as possible the day before surgery and on the day of the procedure. If your dog relaxes to the vet, he can recover better after his anesthetic. It is best to take quiet walks and avoid any excitement.