It is difficult for both you and your pet when the veterinarian recommends an overnight stay. Your veterinarian knows best and if they think that an overnight stay is necessary, it is important to listen to them. Being separated from your pet, especially during the stress of a medical emergency, will likely increase the anxiety of both you and your pet.
1. Ask Questions
It is important to ask any questions you may have regarding the procedure and the overnight stay. Gathering information will help ease your stress and help you prepare your pet. Ask if someone will be in the facility around the clock to supervise your pet. Ensure that you know if the pet must be fasted prior to the procedure and learn about any necessary post-procedure care.
2. Bring Some of Your Pet’s Regular Food
If your pet will be staying long enough to require food, you should consider bringing some of your pet’s regular food with you. A dramatic change in diet can upset the pet’s stomach. Additionally, the regular food will be familiar to the pet.
3. Bring Home to Them
Check with your veterinarian before you bring along any of your pet’s personal belongings. If the procedure has a high-risk of infection or other complications, you may have to refrain from bringing anything. Otherwise, you can bring your pet’s favorite toy, blanket, or bed to help make them much more comfortable in the unfamiliar surroundings. Keep in mind that accidents are common when pets are in such stressful situations, so the item may be returned soiled.
Medical emergencies are the dark side of pet ownership. It can cause a great deal of stress and anxiety. Learning as much as you can prior to the procedure can help you make life as simple for your pet as possible. If you are concerned about your pet’s necessary overnight stay, contact us at Borrett Animal Hospital today!