PET SURGERY FAQs

Top 5 Pet Surgery FAQs: What to Expect & How to Prepare

If your pet is scheduled for pet surgery, it’s natural to feel anxious or nervous about this upcoming procedure. Even if it is a routine procedure such as spay or neuter, you may still be wondering what to expect and how best to prepare your pet. Below, our Chula Vista veterinarian answers five of your top pet surgery questions.

When does my pet need surgery?

Your dog or cat may need routine pet surgery, such as spay and neuter, or more advanced surgery, such as soft tissue surgery, following an accident injury. Pet surgery may also be necessary to take a tissue biopsy or in the event of a life-threatening emergency, such as gastric torsion.

How should I prepare my pet for surgery?

In general, our Chula Vista veterinarian will schedule most procedures for the morning. Our veterinarian recommends withholding food from your pet at least 12 hours in advance of surgery. If your pet’s surgery is scheduled for the morning, feed your pet a small evening meal and then only allow your pet access to fresh drinking water. To streamline the surgical check-in process, our vet will also give you a pre-operative surgical release form to complete prior to your pet’s operation.

Will my pet receive anesthesia?

Yes, even if your pet is undergoing a minor procedure, your pet will still receive anesthesia prior to surgery in order to alleviate pain associated with the operation. Prior to administering anesthesia, our veterinarian will conduct diagnostic blood work to ensure there are no prior existing conditions that may contraindicate the use of anesthesia. Our Chula Vista veterinarian takes your pet’s safety very seriously, and carefully monitors your pet’s vital signs at each stage of the operation in order to ensure there are no complications from either the anesthesia or the procedure. Today’s modern anesthetics have made surgery a safe choice for dogs and cats.

What should I expect following pet surgery?

Following surgery, we will place pets in our post-surgical recovery suite and monitor their vital signs as they awake from anesthesia. For most routine procedures, such as spay/neuter surgery, pets will be ready to return home by mid-afternoon. More advanced procedures may require overnight monitoring at our animal hospital. All pets will be sent home with detailed post-operative care instructions and pain management medication. In general, pets will be ready to be active again after just a few days. In fact, you may find your biggest challenge to be keeping your pet quiet while any stitches heal.

How do you manage animal pain?

During the operation, we administer anesthesia to manage your pet’s pain. Post-operation, we will send your pet home with pain management medication. Thanks to advancements in pain management protocol, today’s veterinary medications are safer than ever before for controlling pain. If you feel like your pet’s pain is not adequately being managed post-surgery, please contact our Chula Vista veterinarian hospital for additional instructions.

Testimonials

My Roxy from age 8 weeks old has been seeing Dr. Deo and the wonderful staff here and we would never consider going anywhere else. She’s now 3 years old with major allergies and they do everything possible to make her as comfortable and healthy. We are so blessed to have them all. Thank you everybody at SBV.

Tina Cuadra

5.0
2014-07-21T03:42:37+00:00

Tina Cuadra

My Roxy from age 8 weeks old has been seeing Dr. Deo and the wonderful staff here and we would never consider going anywhere else. She’s now 3 years old with major allergies and they do everything possible to make her as comfortable and healthy. We are so blessed to have them all. Thank you everybody at SBV.
I have been bringing my pets to South Bay Veterinary Hospital for 11 years. It would take a long time to tell you just how much I admire and appreciate everything that Dr. Deo and his wonderful staff have done for me and my pets. When I lost two of my kitties to heart failure and one to cancer, the compassion from Dr. Deo and Gina is what helped me get through the terrible loss. This Hospital cares a great deal about animals and their welfare and I have complete confidence in the staff and the veterinarians there.

Roxanne Shouse

5.0
2014-07-21T03:44:50+00:00

Roxanne Shouse

I have been bringing my pets to South Bay Veterinary Hospital for 11 years. It would take a long time to tell you just how much I admire and appreciate everything that Dr. Deo and his wonderful staff have done for me and my pets. When I lost two of my kitties to heart failure and one to cancer, the compassion from Dr. Deo and Gina is what helped me get through the terrible loss. This Hospital cares a great deal about animals and their welfare and I have complete confidence in the staff and the veterinarians there.
I originally went to Bonita Pet Hospital but, I was referred here for ear cropping. Dr. Deo did a great job! I really liked how dakota was treated by ALL the staff and that is very important to me. So this is my veterinary hospital from now on. I highly recommend South Bay Veterinary Hospital. The staff here make all the difference! Thank you all!

Alicia Hernandez

5.0
2014-07-21T03:45:13+00:00

Alicia Hernandez

I originally went to Bonita Pet Hospital but, I was referred here for ear cropping. Dr. Deo did a great job! I really liked how dakota was treated by ALL the staff and that is very important to me. So this is my veterinary hospital from now on. I highly recommend South Bay Veterinary Hospital. The staff here make all the difference! Thank you all!
At South Bay Veterinary Hospital, my dog Khalid recieves the best care. He also enjoys getting baths there. The staff has the best customer service, so much so I almost have to beg my dog to come home!

Michael Peterson

5.0
2014-07-21T03:45:38+00:00

Michael Peterson

At South Bay Veterinary Hospital, my dog Khalid recieves the best care. He also enjoys getting baths there. The staff has the best customer service, so much so I almost have to beg my dog to come home!
The South Bay Vets are highly knowledgeable and caring. I’ve felt very comfortable bringing my cats in for medical procedures.

V. Castro

5.0
2014-07-21T03:47:06+00:00

V. Castro

The South Bay Vets are highly knowledgeable and caring. I’ve felt very comfortable bringing my cats in for medical procedures.
We recommend you to take your pets there because you can feel the love that they have for animals. The doctors are very nice and they really care for the animals.

C. McMullen and Moses the hamster

5.0
2014-07-21T03:47:28+00:00

C. McMullen and Moses the hamster

We recommend you to take your pets there because you can feel the love that they have for animals. The doctors are very nice and they really care for the animals.
South Bay is the best care for Keiko, and the staff are all aces!

Joe Hattie and Robert Young

5.0
2014-07-21T03:52:21+00:00

Joe Hattie and Robert Young

South Bay is the best care for Keiko, and the staff are all aces!
This is the best Vet I have ever been to! You feel like family here and I would not take my pets to any other place!

Selene Cornejo

5.0
2014-07-21T03:53:51+00:00

Selene Cornejo

This is the best Vet I have ever been to! You feel like family here and I would not take my pets to any other place!
Everyone – front desk – vet assistants and Dr. Rozsa are all very caring and loving in the care of my 2 lab mix sisters: Traveling Shadow and Precious Tips – even to their passing AND now taking loving care of my 2 Himalayan brother/sister: Buddy Boy and Precious Lu Lu (“Lu).

Kathleen Stogsdall

5.0
2014-07-21T03:54:18+00:00

Kathleen Stogsdall

Everyone – front desk – vet assistants and Dr. Rozsa are all very caring and loving in the care of my 2 lab mix sisters: Traveling Shadow and Precious Tips – even to their passing AND now taking loving care of my 2 Himalayan brother/sister: Buddy Boy and Precious Lu Lu (“Lu).
I cannot thank South Bay Vet enough for taking care of my best friend, Midnight. We have been going there for 8 years now. They provide the best professional and personal service. I am forever grateful to them for the services we receive. I trust them to have the best interest for my best friend every time. They genuinely care about us. I always receive above and beyond services from South Bay Vet after all these years. their kindness and the outstanding extended services make me a loyal customer.

Jamie Teoh

5.0
2014-07-21T03:55:51+00:00

Jamie Teoh

I cannot thank South Bay Vet enough for taking care of my best friend, Midnight. We have been going there for 8 years now. They provide the best professional and personal service. I am forever grateful to them for the services we receive. I trust them to have the best interest for my best friend every time. They genuinely care about us. I always receive above and beyond services from South Bay Vet after all these years. their kindness and the outstanding extended services make me a loyal customer.
We have 4 cats, 1 with special needs as he is a diabetic. I wouldn’t even consider taking my babies to anyone other than SB Vet Hospital. Dr. Rozsa is truly the “Cat Whisperer.” Her compassion and knowledge are like none I’ve ever seen before and I’ve had pets my entire life.

Terry Buford

5.0
2014-07-21T03:56:17+00:00

Terry Buford

We have 4 cats, 1 with special needs as he is a diabetic. I wouldn’t even consider taking my babies to anyone other than SB Vet Hospital. Dr. Rozsa is truly the “Cat Whisperer.” Her compassion and knowledge are like none I’ve ever seen before and I’ve had pets my entire life.
I highly recommend South Bay Veterinary Hospital. Services and staff are outstanding!

B Kotary

5.0
2014-07-21T03:56:42+00:00

B Kotary

I highly recommend South Bay Veterinary Hospital. Services and staff are outstanding!
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