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Caring for your pet before and after surgery

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Most pets will have an operation at some stage in their life, eg for neutering (spaying or castration) or to treat a disease. Nowadays most operations in dogs and cats are fairly safe but the success of treatment and recovery depends to some extent on the quality of care that the owner gives before and after the operation.

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Your questions answered

Introduction: Caring for your pet before and after surgery

What do I do before the operation?

How will my cat be prepared for surgery?

When will my pet be able to come home?

What happens when my pet comes home?

Will my pet be ill after the anaesthetic?

What signs should I look for?

Can you stop cats pulling out stitches?