If you have to take your dog to the vet for surgery, then you may be freaking out as their owner and wondering what to expect and how you can make them feel calm and comfortable. Taking anybody in for surgery—even a pet—can be a little it nerve-wracking. However, this article will list a few ways that you can make sure your dog is comfortable during their vet appointment. Let's take a closer look at some tips in this article.
Ask About Anesthesia
Unlike humans, who you can coerce into staying still during some procedures, dogs tend to get more agitated and are more difficult to communicate with. Depending on the type of surgery your dog has to have, the vet will probably use some sort of veterinary anesthesia system to make sure that they are calm, comfortable, and still. For smaller surgeries that don't require a lot of time, the vet will just use a light sedative without completely knocking them out. For larger surgeries, however, you can almost always count on the vet using some general anesthesia during the whole thing.
Stay With Them
One way to really make sure your furry friend feels calm and safe while they are at the vet is to stay with them during the parts where they are awake. Rather than just leaving them in the operating room by themselves, ask your vet if you can stay in with your dog until they are under anesthesia. Then, try to be there when they wake up. This little tip will mean a lot to your pet and will let them know that you're always there for them when they need you.
Bring Their Favorite Blanket
Because your dog probably won't be able to eat something for a little while after their surgery or until their general anesthesia wears off, try to comfort them with something from home other than food. For instance, if they have a blanket that they like to cuddle in when they go to bed, then make sure you bring that blanket with you to the vet and wrap them in it on your way there and back.
Having a dog go through surgery can feel be a stressful process because you aren't able to explain to your pet what is happening. To help make your dog feel calm and comfortable during their appointment, make sure to use the tips in this article.