Surgery FAQs

Pet Surgery FAQs

If you are preparing your pet for routine or emergency surgery, our team at New Hope Animal Hospital at Durham, NC, is happy to address any questions that may arise before the procedure. Below, we’ll discuss some of the most common inquires and concerns pet owners might have, which can provide insight before visiting our veterinarians for surgery. 


Is Anesthesia Required for Surgical Procedures?

The majority of pet surgery procedures require anesthesia to keep pets pain-free. Our veterinarians perform blood tests prior to the surgery and monitor their health throughout their treatment to ensure your pet is doing well.

How Risky is Pet Surgery?

Any surgical procedure can involve some risk. However, risks can be minimized with precautions. Our vets will monitor your pet pre- and post-surgery to make sure they are comfortable and to minimize any complications.

How Should I Prepare My Pet for Surgical Procedures?

Our veterinary team will explain any planned procedures with you and discuss what you may have to do at home to prepare your pet for the operation. Generally, we advise that you avoid giving them food or water for at least 12 hours before their appointment. You might also consider giving them a bath and brushing their hair so they are clean.

Why Might My Pet Need an IV or a Catheter?

Anesthesia can result in dehydration or low blood pressure, which means a catheter or an IV can administer the necessary fluids before, during or post-surgery. We often insert IVs to:

    • Replenish rehydration
    • Lower anesthetic risks
    • Protect kidneys
    • Shorten recovery time

What Type of Post-Op Care is Needed?

Post-op care will depend on the type of surgery that was performed. Our vets will let you know the steps you can take to assist your pet with recovery. right steps to take to assist in their recovery. We will provide you with thorough instructions may prescribe medication for pain or to prevent infection. Feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns you might have regarding post-op care.

What Surgical Operations Do We Perform?

At New Hope Animal Hospital, we provide routine and emergency surgeries. Some of the surgical operations that our veterinarians perform include:

    • Spaying and neutering
    • C-Sections and complex births
    • Bladder and kidney complications
    • Hysterectomies
    • Dental extractions
    • Traumatic injuries

Visit New Hope Animal Hospital for Pet Surgeries

When your pet needs surgery, our vets at New Hope Animal Hospital in Durham, NC, have years of experience assisting sick and injured animals. Contact us at (425) 361-1839 to learn more about our services or to schedule your appointment. 

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