• Blog >
  • How to Prepare Your Dog for Surgery
RSS Feed

How to Prepare Your Dog for Surgery

Here’s How You Can Prepare Your Dog or Other Pet for Surgery

Surgery is a pretty big deal. Even simple procedures are, in fact, quite complex. It’s important that you prepare your animals for pet surgery and that you follow any directions a veterinarian gives you. The right preparation will greatly decrease the risks of complications during dog surgery. Visit us at Animal Hospital of Bentonville in Bentonville, AR to learn more.

How to Prepare Your Pooch for Dog Surgery

Talk with our veterinarian about any specific steps you need to take to prepare for surgery. That said, you typically have to withhold food from your dog or other pet before surgery. Often, a vet will instruct you to withhold food for 24 hours.

During surgery, your dog, cat, or other pet will typically be put under general anesthesia. This means that your pet is essentially knocked out and won’t feel any pain and will be less likely to move. Anesthesia is necessary to prevent complications during surgery.

Anesthesia will also reduce or stop some of your pet's natural reflexes, such as the gag reflex. If your pet vomits during surgery (yes, this can happen), it’s at risk of choking. By withholding food, you greatly reduce this risk of choking.

Our veterinarian may also instruct you to withhold water. While water is sometimes less of a risk than food, it can still be a major problem. Often, you will only have to withhold water for a matter of hours, usually 4 to 6.

Our vet also recommends your pet gets plenty of rest before and after surgery. You'll usually want to skip vigorous activities before dog surgery, such as hiking, as well.

If you have questions, speak with our veterinarian or schedule a pet exam!

Visit us at Animal Hospital of Bentonville in Bentonville, AR for your pet surgery needs!


1253 SW Regional Airport Blvd. Bentonville, AR, 72713

Office Hours

Our Regular Schedule


7:30 am-6:00 pm


7:30 am-6:00 pm


7:30 am-6:00 pm


7:30 am-6:00 pm


7:30 am-6:00 pm






Read What Our Clients Say

  • "Absolutely amazing people. They were very honest about my dog’s chances and made the difficult choice and the experience after much easier. If I weren’t already a client at the Centerton location I would come here in the future in a heartbeat."
    Michael M.
  • "First time here: Staff and doctor were very friendly. Quick service. We just adopted our dog a month ago, and they answered all my questions to double-check I was taking care of her correctly. Nice place!"
    Wendy C.
  • "I decided to try this new vet's office and was so glad I did. The staff is friendly, helpful, and professional. The waiting area is clean and welcoming. They were also extremely caring and gentle with my cat who is usually very frightened during an exam. I highly recommend this animal hospital."
    Susan D.
  • "Have always like the Vet here, first when they were at Rose Animal Clinic and now here. Great caring staff."
    Mark J.
  • "Hands down the best Vet Clinic I've ever visited. I switched after recently moving and this great location opened only a few blocks from my house. The team was great and worked to really let me know how my animals were doing and took the time to let me ask about any concerns. Even during covid the schedule is flexible and they're very accommodating. I fully trust them with my pets. If you choose to visit them, know you'll be in good hands."
    Kevin S.