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FAQs About Pet Surgery In Decatur

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At Fairview Hospital for Animals, we know your pets are part of the family too. You want to protect them from unnecessary risks and stay informed about their health, and we're here to help. If your pet needs surgery at our Decatur vet hospital, feel free to ask your veterinarian any questions you have about the procedure. Our vets are committed to minimizing their patients' stress levels and health risks before, during, and after every procedure, and that means keeping families informed and giving detailed instructions for pre-op and post-op care. But because we value your time and peace of mind, we've also decided to share some of the most common questions and concerns about pet surgery.

We've heard the following FAQs again and again at our animal hospital, and we understand why these questions are so common. You and your family should know exactly what to expect, and if we didn't have extensive medical training, we'd have the same questions about our own pets. Read our Decatur veterinarians' answers to learn the facts and prepare your pet for his or her big day.  

1. Should My Pet Eat Or Drink Before Surgery?

If your pet has a scheduled surgery, follow your veterinarian's specific recommendations for the night before the operation. If the surgery involves anesthesia, these recommendations will probably include fasting. Anesthesia suppresses the reflex that allows pets to swallow, so vomiting during surgery can be life-threatening, and most pets need to stop eating at least 12 hours before the operation. However, it's still important to drink water, and some animals cannot skip breakfast on surgery day. Puppies, kittens, and pets with special medical needs like diabetes may need a small meal before their operation.

2. Can I Be With My Pet During Surgery?

At Fairview Hospital for Animals, we take pride in our sterile, efficient, and calm operating rooms. Unfortunately, pet parents cannot be in the room itself during the procedure, because we need to maintain this safe environment at all times. However, we completely understand that you need peace of mind while you wait, so we've designed a hospital that is almost completely transparent. Many of our procedures can be viewed through a window, so ask your veterinarian if this is an option for your pet's particular surgery.  

3. What If My Pet Needs Emergency Surgery?

We do our best to accept all pet emergencies during business hours, which include Saturday mornings for your convenience. If your pet has an obstruction or blockage that needs to be removed, or any internal bleeding or trauma that needs to be immediately treated, call us if possible and then bring your pet to our hospital immediately. One of our veterinarians will always be on hand to provide the life-saving treatment they need. If you need emergency surgery on Sunday or after business hours, we may still be able to help. Our vets are on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to handle emergencies, including emergency surgery.

Call For More Information Today

We serve the areas of Macon, Blue Mound, Boody, Forsyth and Mount Zion. To learn more about pet Pet Surgery or to schedule an appointment, contact Fairview Hospital for Animals at 217-428-7709 today.

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I visit Fairview Animal Hospital at least once a week for a few of my fur-babies to receive laser therapy and the ENTIRE staff always shows genuine concern for my babies as well as me. They are always completely honest in the care they believe my pets need and only suggest treatments that they firmly believe would help my babies comfort. I have six dogs and two cats who all have their own issues and they know them all by name, know what their problems are and cater to their individual needs. The best part of this staff, is that every single one of my babies thoroughly enjoys their visits which is most important to me.

Angela McIntire
Decatur, IL

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