Cat & Dog Surgery in Chadds Ford, PA
Safety is Our Priority
While there are inherent risks associated with any medical procedure, surgery has become safer and safer for our furry friends. At Old Ridge, we make your pet’s safety our priority with extensive protocols to ensure their well-being from start to finish:
- Before surgery, we’ll assess your pet’s health with a pre-anesthetic exam and bloodwork to check for any underlying conditions that could affect anesthesia.
- Next, we’ll set them up with an IV catheter that supplies them with fluids to keep them hydrated and helps regulate their blood pressure.
- Your pet will receive pain medication before, during, and after the procedure to ensure their entire experience is as comfortable as possible.
- During the procedure, a surgical technician will monitor your pet’s vitals with our advanced monitoring equipment that tracks heart rate and rhythm, blood-oxygen levels, respiration rate, blood pressure, and more.
- The surgical technician remains with your pet through recovery to ensure they wake up with minimal discomfort.
Tips for a Smooth Recovery at Home
After your pet’s procedure, we’ll go over detailed recovery instructions with you that are tailored to your pet’s needs and their procedure. However, there is some universal guidance you can follow regarding post-op recovery:
- Keep your pet in a quiet, pet-safe area (such as their crate) for the first 24-48 hours following surgery. They can come out for bathroom breaks, but be sure to minimize their movement!
- Outfit your pet in an e-collar or a snug-fitting onesie or t-shirt that keeps them from biting at their sutures.
- Keep in mind your pet will likely be lethargic and have a reduced appetite for up to 48 hours after surgery, although they should eat and drink a little. If they do not eat or drink anything, or their appetite does not increase after 48 hours, please call us so we can assess the situation.
- Administer any medications prescribed to your pet according to instructions.
- Avoid any increased activity such as running, jumping, and rough-housing with other pets for at least 10 days following surgery, or more as recommended by your veterinarian.
- Keep an eye on the incision site for signs of inflammation, discharge, or torn sutures, and please contact us if you notice anything unusual.
As always, if you are ever concerned about your pet’s well-being during recovery, please reach out to us at (484) 383-8387 and we’ll be happy to help!