Have you been told that your pet might need surgery? To properly prepare your pet and your family here is a list of questions to consider asking.
- What is the specific diagnosis and reason my pet requires surgery?
- Can you explain the benefits and potential risks of the surgery?
- Are there any alternative treatments available besides surgery?
- How long is the expected surgery and recovery time?
- Will my pet experience pain, and how will it be managed before, during, and after surgery?
- What are the chances of success for this surgery?
- What complications could arise during or after the surgery, and how are they addressed?
- What is the estimated cost of surgery?
- Are there any long-term health implications or lifestyle changes for my pet after this surgery?
- What support services do you offer, like rehabilitation or physical therapy?
- What preoperative tests or exams will my pet need?
- How should I prepare my pet for the surgery?
- How should I modify my pet’s diet and nutrition before surgery?
- What type of anesthesia will be used, and how is it monitored?
- Can you walk me through the surgical procedure?
- If tissue or biopsies are being taken during the surgery, will there be additional analysis, and what would that entail?
- Can I visit my pet while they are recovering at the facility?
- How long will my pet need to stay in the hospital post-surgery?
- What kind of post-operative care will my pet need at home?
- Are there any restrictions or special care instructions I need to follow during my pet’s recovery?
- How will you manage my pet’s pain or discomfort at home?
- What signs of complications or recovery issues should I look for?
- How often will you need to see my pet for follow-up visits?
- What is the estimated cost of post-surgical care?
- Is there any printed or online information I can take home about the surgery and post-operative care?
- How should I modify my pet’s diet and lifestyle after surgery?
- How can I reach you or a team member if there’s an emergency or if I have concerns after hours?
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