If your pet is scheduled to be spayed or neutered, you need to make sure that you prepare your pet properly for the surgery. Preparing your pet properly for surgery will help ensure your pet goes through the surgery process without experiencing any complications.
Make Sure Your Pet Is Crate Trained
First, you need to make sure your pet is crate trained before you sign your pet up for surgery. Oftentimes, you need to restrict your pet's activity for multiple days after the surgery. You are also going to need to transport your pet in a crate to and from their surgery.
Transporting your pet to your veterinary office for surgery and keeping your pet confined will be a lot easier if they are already crate trained. If your pet is not already crate trained, this process will be a lot harder on your pet, so take the time to crate train your pet properly.
Create a Safe Area Within Your Home
Second, you need to create a safe area within your home for your pet. After your pet is neutered and spayed, you are going to need to limit your pet's movement. One way to do that is by purchasing baby gates that you can use to confine your pet within a certain area of your home. You may also need to move around your furniture in order to create a safe, confined space for your pet to heal.
Learn About Food & Water Restrictions
Third, you need to talk to your vet and see if there are any food and water restrictions that you need to be aware of. Oftentimes, before surgery, you are required to withhold food and water for a specific period of time. This helps ensure that your pet doesn't vomit or aspirate during the surgical process. It is designed to protect your pet's health.
Your pet may also have food and water restrictions following surgery that you need to be aware of. Don't be surprised if your pet doesn't have a large appetite after their surgery, as that is a common side effect of surgery.
If your pet is getting spayed or neutered, you need to make sure your pet is crate trained, you need to think about how to restrict your pet's movements as they heal, and you need to talk to your vet about any food and water restrictions your pet may have to follow before and after surgery. For more information about the spay and neuter procedure, speak with your vet.