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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 is my pet prepared for surgery?

When will my pet be able to come home?

How do I care for my pet at home?

Will my pet be ill after the anaesthetic?

What do I watch for after surgery?

Can you stop pets pulling out stitches?