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How to prepare your dog for anesthesia


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. In order for the operation to go smoothly, the dog must be sober - shutterstock / improvize

To ensure that your dog is not aware of the operation, he is put under anesthesia beforehand. The doctor does this of course. But as the owner, you also have to consider a few things. This starts at home, several hours before the actual procedure. Basically, always follow the veterinarian's instructions exactly.

Dog must go hungry several hours before anesthesia

Like humans, dogs need to be sober at the time of surgery. An empty stomach is important as the digestive process of the feed will otherwise affect the circulation. In addition, the narcotics (anesthetics) can cause nausea on a full stomach and then your dog vomits under anesthesia. This can be very dangerous.

Most veterinarians say: You should no longer feed your dog twelve hours before the operation. Treats are also taboo in time, but water is allowed in small quantities. Make sure that the dog cannot steal food in the apartment. Important: If your Wuff receives medication regularly, consult the veterinarian as to whether or not they should be administered before the operation.

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Lighten again before the operation

It is advisable to go on a small dog walk again before the operation. The patient can relieve himself again, ideally empty the bladder and bowel.

This makes sense because the vet cannot operate as well with a full bowel and full bladder. It also means less stress for your dog when he wakes up from anesthesia without having to go outside immediately.

No stress before the operation

Your dog should experience as little stress as possible on the day before and on the day of the procedure. If your dog goes to the vet completely relaxed, he can recover better after anesthesia. It is best to take quiet walks and avoid any excitement.


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