Northwest Animal Hospital

4575 North Chestnut Street
(adjacent to Wells Fargo Bank)
Colorado Springs, CO 80907

Surgery Prep For Your Pet

Prepping-Dog-Surgery-Northwest-Animal-Hospital-Colorado-SpringsVet visits can be stressful for your pet. Some animals get nervous riding in the car. Others might balk at strangers and new places. A scared or anxious animal makes providing treatment difficult. Sensitive pets can be traumatized after surgery, which can complicate healing and aftercare.

When your pet is scheduled for spaying, neutering, or a pain management surgery, these tips can help keep your pet calm before and during the office visit.

Transporting Indoor Pets

For animals that rarely leave their home property, moving them to the place of your appointment can be the biggest obstacle. In this situation, a little preparation will go a long way in improving your pet’s mood.

A carrier that provides limited viewing reduces sensory input that can confuse and upset pets. Choose a model with mesh windows so you can peek in on your pet. You don’t need a large one. Pets should be able to stand up and turn around comfortably. Check for adequate ventilation holes before purchasing a carrier.

If you’re using an old carrier, check the seams, zippers, and fabric for tears or damage. A nervous animal can claw a hole in tattered carriers that they can use to escape. Complete your inspection several days before your scheduled appointment so you have time to replace or repair it.

Prepare the carrier the night before your appointment. Line the inside with a towel or your pet’s favorite blanket. Leave it open so your pet can explore it. That will help them associate the carrier with the comforts of home when they are in unfamiliar places.
For larger pets, a large wire-frame cage will keep them secured in one place during transport. Bring a large blanket for cushioning and a favorite toy to distract them during the drive.
Medical Preparations

The veterinarian will give you a list of instructions to prepare your pet for surgery. While these may vary slightly, they usually include restricting food, drink, and other activities for a few hours prior to admittance.

For operations that require full anesthesia, your animal will need to have an empty stomach. When sedated, the stomach and throat muscles relax. Your pet could choke on undigested food, or bits of it could go into the lungs and cause pneumonia and other respiratory issues.
Remove your pet’s food 12 hours before you check in with the vet. Ask your doctor if you can provide a water dish. A hungry animal can be extremely persuasive. Make sure all family members know your pet’s food is being restricted.

For families with multiple animals, it could be easier to isolate the animal to another room overnight. If your vet offers pet boarding, you could drop your pet off the night before. That will also give pets time to relax and adjust to their surroundings.
Feeding instructions might be different for animals with health conditions like diabetes. Always follow the directions given by your vet.

Finally, remember to talk to your vet about any medications your animal takes regularly.

Going to the vet doesn’t have to be a struggle. In the Colorado Springs area, contact the experts at Northwest Animal Hospital and Pet Care Center for more ways to make surgery day stress-free for you and your pet.

Your Colorado Springs Veterinarian

If you are looking for the best veterinarian in Colorado Springs, look no further than the Northwest Animal Hospital & Pet Care Center. Located on 4575 North Chestnut Street, this center offers a wide variety of services for pet owners, and a stellar team of four veterinarians - Dr. John H. Suddoth, the founding veterinarian, Dr. Jessa Kocher, Dr. Elbert and Dr. Kevin Lisenbee.

Wellness Checkups and Exams

A Colorado Springs veterinarian will be happy to provide wellness exams and checkups. These checkups allow the vets to detect any potential problems before they have a chance to become serious. They also provide a baseline so that future visits will be much easier for both you and your pets.

Pet Vaccinations

Proper vaccination of your pets is necessary to protect them from a large number of diseases. Vaccinations and boosters for cats include rabies, feline distemper, calicivirus, feline herpesvirus, bordatella, and FeLV (Feline Leukemia Virus). Vaccinations and boosters for dogs include rabies 1 year and 3 year, distemper, parvovirus, CAV-1 - canine hepatitis, CAV-2 - kennel cough, bordatella, parainfluenza, Lyme disease, leptospirosis, and canine influenza.

Puppy and Kitten Care

A veterinarian in Colorado Springs would like you to bring in your kitten or puppy early for a nose-to-tail exam, and to let them get familiar with the hospital and the staff. At this early visit, a veterinarian will talk to you about nutrition, behavioral training, vaccinations, socialization, and much more.

Pet Dental Services

A Colorado Springs veterinarian would like to talk with you about the necessity of dental care for your pet. Approximately 70% of cats and 80% of dogs older than 3 have some variety of dental disease. Our staff performs complete cleanings and will discuss yellow or brown teeth, bad breath, and what can be done if your pet is having problems eating.

Parasite Prevention

A veterinarian in Colorado Springs would like to talk to you about how important it is to prevent parasites. It costs much less to prevent parasites compared to treatment costs that can be stressful and expensive.

Radiology and Surgery

At the Colorado Springs Northwest Animal Hospital, we use radiology as a diagnostic tool to be able to non-invasively look inside your pet's body to view their internal organs. If a problem is seen, we provide a number of surgical options. 

Emergency Veterinary Services

Senior Care, Hospice, and Euthanasia

Our animal hospital provides services for all stages of your pet's life. Our senior care includes creating a health plan outlining a changed diet, exercise, and guidelines to prevent common aging problems. We also offer compassionate, understanding hospice care and euthanasia when the time comes to say goodbye to your cat or dog. We try to accommodate all special requests.

Other Services

A veterinarian in Colorado Springs offers a wide variety of additional services for your pet. We offer pet boarding, doggie daycare, and pet grooming. We also offer laser therapy, pet microchipping, nutritional counseling, an on site laboratory, pain management, and veterinary walk-ins.

Contact Information

Contact a Colorado Springs veterinarian and schedule an appointment online, or call us at 719-593-8582. Our office is adjacent to Wells Fargo Bank at 4575 N. Chestnut Street in Colorado Springs, CO.

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