Orthopedic FAQs


Orthopedic FAQs from Your Scarsdale NY Animal Hospital

When it comes time for your pet to have orthopedic surgery at Central Animal Hospital in Scarsdale, NY, it is important that you have all the facts. Your treatment team will do all they can to provide the information you need, but going in informed can make the process much easier on you. Here are a few questions and answers to help you understand pet surgery process.

How Can I Get My Pet Ready for Surgery?

The type of surgery your pet needs, their overall health condition and age all factor into the preparation instructions for the procedure. Your veterinarian will go over any food restrictions and other limitations that assist in the preparation process. Certain medications can react poorly with anesthesia, so your vet may discuss halting their intake prior to the surgery.

What Can I Expect During the Pet Surgery?

Before the surgery, your pet will receive a thorough physical examination, including a check of their vitals, to verify they are in good shape. If your pet looks strong enough to withstand surgery, the preparations will begin. The vet care team will likely set up an IV and catheter after making your pet comfortable. You can stay with your pet while your vet gets them settled and prepares to administer the anesthesia.

With the start of the surgery, you can wait in the waiting room of the veterinary clinic. The treatment team will provide regular updates that keep you well-informed about the condition of your pet. Once they are in recovery, you can come see your pet and discuss the vet’s findings.

Will I Receive Aftercare Instructions from My Veterinarian?

Your veterinary team will always provide specific aftercare instructions to follow after surgery. These instructions will share everything you need to know about changing bandages, administering medication and even feeding your pet. You will need to follow those instructions exactly to help your pet make a full recovery from the procedure.

Schedule Your Pet’s Surgical Consultation Visit Today

Your vet team can perform the procedures and other care techniques that help pets live a comfortable, pain-free life. We welcome you to call 914-723-1250 to schedule a consultation appointment at Central Animal Hospital to get this conversation started. Our Scarsdale NY veterinary team will provide you with our full support as you make the best decisions for your pet’s health.