Spay Surgery After-Care for Your Pet

Friends - dog and cat togetherFor new pet owners, having your dog or cat spayed can be a little nerve-racking. No one wants to see their beloved pet suffer, and it is completely normal to feel anxious about providing spay surgery after-care for your pet.

Anesthesia

When your pet was spayed, she received a general anesthesia. As with us, anesthesia can cause a few negative symptoms for your pet that can be alarming if not expected, including:

  • Sleepiness
  • Upset stomach
  • Vomiting
  • Loss of balance
  • Disorientation
  • Panting
  • Lack of appetite

Most of these symptoms will have passed by the time you pick your pet up from the veterinarian’s office, but it is not unusual for a few to linger throughout the first day. Continue…

National Veterinary Technician Week

This year during the week of October 14th we are celebrating an important part of your pet’s healthcare team- the veterinary technician.  Do you know what a vet tech does?

  • Veterinary technicians have completed an accredited two-year degree while veterinary technologists have completed an accredited four-year degree.
  • Vet techs have to pass an exam to earn the license and must complete continuing education requirements to maintain that license.
  • While the veterinarian diagnoses pets, prognoses their diseases, performs surgeries, and prescribes medications, a licensed vet tech can (and often does!) do everything else.
  • Veterinary technicians can earn specialties in areas such as anesthesia, dentistry, internal medicine, surgery, emergency and critical care, and many others.

Veterinary technicians are an integral part of your pet’s care.  Take this opportunity to recognize them!  Express your thanks or share your story about how a vet tech helped your pet in the comments section below.